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Capturing the Scene in Chocolate

Meryle Evans - January 17th, 2014

Frame your art and eat it too, with, chocolates from 2 Beans, the coffee and chocolate cafe and emporium on Park Avenue, just steps from Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal. Collaborating with noted pop artist and cultural historian Charles Fazzino, 2 Beans is offering boxes of praline and caramel bonbons decorated with a colorful scene depicting the hustle and bustle of the station. Each box comes with a postcard-size picture that customers can frame.

Fazzino, a New Yorker well known for his unusual three dimensional technique, has exhibited his paintings, prints, and sculptures in hundreds of galleries and museums around the world, and had worked with the 2 Beans team on other design projects. 2 Beans commissioned chocolatier Joan Coukos, President of Chocolat Moderne in Manhattan, to create the confections. Fazzino chose the flavors, among them Parlez Pistache (a crunchy praline made of ground pistachio paste, white chocolate, and caramelized rice crisps) and two Japanese–inspired flavors, including persimmon peach (soft caramel with organic Fuyu persimmon and white peach puree), all made using Valrhona couverture.

There are also bars with Fazzino depictions of Paris and Broadway that have been transposed onto white Belgian chocolate. 2 Beans, committed to sustainable practices in its building materials and use of compostable cups and recycled paper bags, seeks to lessen their impact on the environment. So resist the temptation to preserve the bars and munch on a bite of the Eiffel Tower or Times Square.