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Exquisite Milk Makes Exquisite Chocolate, A New Local Vineyard + Hot Cocoa Bombs

The Thorn family of Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates in Goshen, Conn.
The Thorn family of Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates in Goshen, Conn.

Love is in the air. Where is your favorite romantic restaurant in the state? Marysol Castro and Chef Plum share their picks and shout-out your recommendations from CT Public’s Instagram. Craving chocolate? At Thorncrest Farm and Milk House Chocolates, you’ll find some of the most swoon worthy chocolate on the planet—never mind the state. And it all starts with the cows on this working dairy farm in Goshen. Kimberly Thorn, co-owner of the farm and its chief chocolatier, talks with us about how prioritizing the health and well-being of their cows produces an exquisite chocolate. Plus, she offers tips for tasting and tells Chef Plum exactly what he should put in the heart-shaped box he’s planning for his wife. Plus, need a romantic idea for date night during a pandemic? Chef Plum visits Aquila’s Nest Vineyards in Newtown, where the inside is eclectic and artsy, and the outside is cozy with fire pits. One more chocolate treat we couldn’t resist—have you had a hot chocolate bomb yet? Southington chocolate maker Rosie Mariano of Rosie’s Royal Chocolates schools us on this very tasty trend.

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Robyn Doyon-Aitken and Catie Talarski produced this show.


Kimberly Thorn – Farmer and chocolatier at Thorncrest Farm and Milk House Chocolates in Goshen, Conn.

Neviana Zhgaba – Co-Owner of Aquila’s Nest Vineyard in Newtown, Conn.

Rosie Mariano – Owner and chocolatier at Rosie’s Royal Chocolates in the Factory Square Building in Southington, Conn.

Robyn is the senior producer of Seasoned, a show celebrating food and farms. She’s filled in as a producer for several of our local shows, most notably, Where We Live. In 2021, she was part of the team that received first place in the Interview category from the Public Media Journalists Association for the episode “Who Owns History? Connecticut Woman Sues Harvard For Family Photos.” She produced The Faith Middleton Food Schmooze® from November 2015 until the broadcast ended. Before that, she ate her way through the previous seven years of Fine Cooking magazine while its web producer. Robyn is food-obsessed, loves to bake, and constantly thinks about people in the food world, both nationally and locally, who have compelling stories to tell about food.
Chef Plum, co-host of Seasoned.
Marysol Castro, co-host of Seasoned.