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Chocolat Uzma Sharif Arrives in Pilsen

Truffles and chocolate classes taught by a master

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When it comes to chocolate, third-generation pastry chef Uzma Sharif is a straight shooter.

After years of catering and serving as head pastry chef at Puck’s Cafe, she recently pulled the trigger on her own storefront/studio in Pilsen.

Her arsenal of small-batch confections includes dark chocolate- and cocoa powder-dusted California almonds caramelized with Madagascar vanilla and sugar, chocolate bonbons (Italian espresso, Kashmiri chai), and 58 percent dark chocolate-enrobed Australian candied ginger.

Summer specials are equally addictive: milk and dark chocolate butterfly bonbons sprayed with colorful cocoa butter, toasted hazelnut crunch bars, and candied rose mendiants (chocolate discs topped with pink petals).

In the back, Sharif — who’s also a chocolate instructor at Triton College — holds hands-on chocolate 101 workshops (basic ganache, truffle-making) for small groups.

Get fired up.

Chocolat Uzma Sharif, 1823 South Halsted Street, at 18th Street (312-694-3471 or chocolatuzma.com).

Photo: Courtesy of Chocolat Uzma Sharif

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1823 S Halsted St
@ 18th St
Chicago, IL 60616