Raising the Bar

Bar Chocolate fuses art and confections


From left, Bar Chocolate’s Balsamic Ganache, Sea Salted Caramel, and Exotic Milk Chocolate Ganache

Taylor Mathis

Lin McKay and Mike Shafer are creating a buzz inside the 7th Street Public Market with the opening of Bar Chocolate, a sweets stand that fuses art and confections. These chocolatiers create handmade happiness using high-quality chocolate and local ingredients. A must-try: the bee pollen praline, a dark chocolate-covered bite that has both complexity and crunch. In it, floral Tanzanian dark chocolate encases a layered combination of Mecklenburg County bee pollen, roasted hazelnuts, hard caramel, and Pailleté Feuilletine (delicate dehydrated bits of crepe) for a decadent spin on a French classic. 224 E. 7th St., 704-953-0987

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