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Urban Garden Mint Chocolate Bar

Fresh-picked sweetness

When I lived in Philadelphia, I made weekly trips to the Rittenhouse Square Farmers’ Market to pick up greens and fruit and mint. The mint just happened to come in the form of a chocolate bar—John & Kira’s Mighty Urban Garden Mint bar. The Philly-based chocolatier steeps fresh mint leaves directly into 62% dark chocolate, making the bar crisp and refreshing, not cloying like other mint chocolates. I justified my chocolate-at-a-farmers’-market purchase with the knowledge that John & Kira’s uses ingredients from urban gardens and small family producers. They make their Mighty Mint bar with peppermint leaves from six different city gardens, including one run by the Urban Nutrition Initiative, a West Philadelphia-based program that teaches teenagers how to grow, cook, and eat healthy foods. 5% of each bar’s proceeds go directly back to these gardens. Though I no longer live in Philadelphia, I still support the Urban Nutrition Initiative—and my sweet tooth—with these minty confections.

John & Kira's Mighty Urban Garden Mint Bar, $7.50 each at
—Kristen Martin

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