Cuckoo for Cocoa Tree

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Scene intern Angela Suico contributed this post.

Dried raspberries, orange zest, grated coconut and chili flakes adorn the dainty confections in the cases of chocolatier Bethany Thouin's Cocoa Tree, a tiny Germantown shop that is just as pretty as its inventory of chocolate truffles, cakes and pies. Appointed in a stylish combo of blue and brown tones, with a couch and a cozy shag carpet, Cocoa Tree reflects the fusion of business and residential life that makes Germantown such an inviting and up-and-coming district.

The hot chocolate was wonderfully thick and the chocolate peanut butter pie was sweet and filling. But we wouldn't expect anything less of Thouin. The author of Chocolate Covered Friendship, Thouin has earned acclaim for her truffles across national media, appeared on the Food Network Chocolate Landmarks Challenge and once showcased a chocolate dress in the New York City Chocolate Show.

Located at 1200 Fifth Ave. N., Suite 104 (phone: 255-5060), Cocoa Tree is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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