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Seattle's Chocolate is Golden - Seattle PI

After all these years of being known for coffee and airplanes, Seattle is tempering a new sort of reputation. This Valentine's Day, call us Chocolate City.

True, the Puget Sound area has had chocolate cred for years, with a citizenry weaned on Frangos and Boehms and raised on Dilettante. Fran's, one of our most respected chocolate companies, is entering its 26th year.

But as gourmet chocolate reaches a wider U.S. audience -- Starbucks is expected to launch a brand soon -- and trends such as organic ingredients and "single-origin" beans gain ground, Seattle's streets may as well be paved with cacao beans.

The unofficial coronation came when Seattle chocolatiers swept the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York, with locals (Fran's, Seattle Chocolate Co. and Theo) taking three of the four finalist spots...

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