Confectioner: Christopher Elbow Chocolates

Bananas Foster, strawberry-balsamic and coconut-caramel are just some of the indulgent caramel flavors that spring from the mind of Kansas City’s own candy man, Christopher Elbow. He’ll soon add bean-to-bar chocolate to his sweets empire with the release of a new from-scratch line of single-origin chocolate bars. (Photo by William Hess)

Christopher Elbow Chocolates, elbowchocolates.com

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