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February 28th, 2011 Issue dayid

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You and chocolate have always had a special relationship. (When you were a kid, it took the hit for cavities. Now it puts in overtime on lonely nights.) But, lately its hoity-toity cacao percentages and fancy single-origin estates have left you feeling cold.

Reconnect with your best pal by enlisting cocoa importers Chocolate BonaVita, founded by Anna Chernakova and her husband, Massimo Bonavita.

Also founders of founders of the Italian Cultural Center in the Twin Cities, the couple offers chocolates from around the world, including Madagascar, Italy and Ecuador. You can take a class, attend a tasting or set up a private event for eight or more of your besties.

Get touchy-feely with the good stuff (see it, smell it, hear it) to find out how dark is too dark, what's worth shelling out for and why Hershey's may never satisfy you again.

And guarantee yourself a taste of the sweet life.

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