Cincinnati chocolatier says best time for chocolate is at breakfast

CINCINNATI - Shalini Latour spends a lot of time in her Cincinnati kitchen mixing chocolate with some of the oddest ingredients. 

"I make chocolate bars with kind of unusual flavors like our Cry Baby bar that has sage, smoked salt, pepitas, and dried tomatoes," Latour said.

The Cry Baby candy bar was named best in show at the Cincinnati Chocolate Festival last month and City Beat Magazine named Latour's sweets as the "Best Handcrafted Chocolates" in the city.

"They're hand-painted. I make fill chocolates that have fruit or caramel centers," Latour said.

Latour runs Chocolats Latour out of her own kitchen. She became interested in the craft of making chocolate while living in Belgium as a teenager. Latour says she learned other important tips about the sweet treat while there such as the earlier the better when it comes to getting your chocolate fix.

"I lived in Belgium when I was a teenager, which is when I discovered that breakfast was the right meal to start eating chocolate," said Latour.

You can buy Chocolats Latour at Findlay Market, Jungle Jim's, Dilly Deli, Joseph Beth Booksellers and other specialty shops.

Other news making our list today is a sweet deal for the American Red Cross.

WCPO Chief Meteorologist Steve Raleigh got to sit in the hot seat on one of the best new game shows in the country, "Let's Ask America."

Raleigh and several other television meteorologists were asked to play the game to help raise money for Superstorm Sandy.

"It was fun for myself but more importantly there was a much greater cause in helping out the Red Cross," Raleigh said.

Raleigh warned viewers he did a lot of running during the taping of the show.

"They have a little thing called Dash for Cash and I was dashing a lot for cash," Raleigh said.

When it came to answering the trivia questions, Raleigh said he'd better keep his day job.

"While I did answer some of the questions, I was much better physically than probably intellectually with the questions they were asking me," Raleigh said.

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