Local honey maker Jeff Mello, owner of Aquidneck Honey, has branched into chocolate making, now offering several different chocolate treats all filled with his flavorful honey. Starting with a base of Belgian chocolate, Mello makes both dark and milk chocolates with and without nuts, and soon will be adding caramel and coconut chocolates. The nuts used are all-natural walnuts, pecans and cashews. Natural sea salt and cinnamon are sprinkled of top of each cup and all variations are wheat and gluten free.
I had a chance to buy some of the dark chocolates, both nut and nut-free flavors, before they quickly sold out one Saturday morning at the Pawtucket / Wintertime Farmers Market. Both were very well made structurally and were clearly made with good chocolate. Aquidneck Honey is sweet, but not so much so that it made the overall candy cloying. I was concerned the chocolate with three different kinds of nuts in it would be too nutty, overpowering the honey, but my concerns were unfounded. I liked both kinds very much, with a slight preference for the chocolate with nuts, though neither kind lasted very long. You can buy the chocolates in bags of six from Mello at the market on Saturdays from 10 am – 1 pm. Aquidneck Honey.