Sweet 16 Chocolaty Treats
How would we surface the best recipes published in our first quarter-century? Taste them all, obviously! But that meant hundreds
of dishes. Using our own ratings and those of Web users, we narrowed the list to a Sweet 16: cake against cupcake, pudding
against mousse, pastry against candy. Tastings followed, and much passionate argument.
“Best” is subjective, but also technical and nuanced. Was it important for us to distinguish between a great recipe that happens to contain chocolate and a great chocolate recipe—a paragon of chocolatiness? We decided it was. Above all, the winner had to deliver intense, deep chocolate satisfaction to anyone with a serious chocolate jones, while showing off deft use of the star ingredient (or cocoa, or a combo) in a convincingly lighter context.
And the winner is ... (Click the next slide to find the winner! Keep going to find the three runner-ups plus the other 12 finalists.)