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Chocolate treats on Bond Street

Tired of boring, standard Hershey's chocolate? Then Bond Street Chocolate is just the store for you.

Bond Street Chocolate opened two years ago as a wholesale business, but is now a cozy retail store with soft, dark walls.

The store offers sweet chocolate treats shaped into figures such as skulls, Buddha, Jesus and elephant-headed Hindu deities. The owners also offer such obscure treats as chocolate-coated wasabi peas, chocolate corn nuts, elderflower and Earl Grey chocolate.

Lynda Stern, proprietor of and chef at Bond Street Chocolate, describes her chocolate art as unique, iconic, inventive and ever-changing. Stern half-jokingly claims that the Buddha concept came to her in a dream.

"I was working as a pastry chef and I had a chocolate project to do one day. Then it came upon me to do the Buddha because I thought they were beautiful," she said. "It symbolized a beautiful concept and the idea of impermanence. What better way to honor it then doing it in chocolate in gold?"

Steinhardt senior Christopher DeMaida visited the store after he read about it in a newspaper.

"There was a lot of chocolate available in many quirky flavors: chocolate wasabi beans (which I was too scared to try) and gilded chocolate Buddhas and Jesuses," he said. "I bought my lady whiskey darks and passion-fruit caramels. They sounded so unique I had to buy one for myself."

Bond Street Chocolate first opened on its namesake street but recently moved to the East Village on Fourth Street. DeMaida said he enjoyed supporting the local business.

"I had conversations with the head chef about music, culture and dark chocolate," he said. "It felt good to support a place where I actually felt like my money was going somewhere important."

Stern said her plans for the future of the shop are not completely clear.

"I just want to try to keep up with what I'm doing right now," Stern said. "I just want to provide chocolate for people who enjoy it. I want to make people happy."

Source: NYU Washington Square News

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