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Fuel up for Buffalo Mountain
COCOA MIA HAS THE CHOCOLATE ANSWERS
Wait, they've got buttercreams too!
AT ALMOST 4,000 FEET, Floyd's Buffalo

Mountain's treeless summit takes a hit
from winds sweeping over the Blue Ridge.
Because of this, as well as its magnesiumrich soils, Buffalo Mountain Natural Area
Preserve supports rare grasses, wildflowers,
and even a mealybug so local it's never been
seen anywhere else.
Climbing the Buffalo's steep one-mile
trail requires vigor. The strategy is to stop
for energy-revving refreshment at Floyd's
new Cocoa Mia chocolate lounge. Sipping
chocolate -powdered hot cocoa's fancypants cousin-is the specialty here, although
truffles, brownies, torts, caramels, chocolate
bark, brittle and buttercreams also draw folks
off Main Street and into the shop.
"Sipping chocolate is like drinking a
liquid chocolate bar," says Morgan Ohland,
chocolatier and co-owner of Cocoa Mia.
The concoction consists of solid chocolate

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CHOCOLATE DELIGHTS
Cocoa Mia makes the perfect ingestibles for your walk up Buffalo Mountain.

melted and mixed with cream. Ohland's
signature drink is infused with ginger, orange,
and organic cream; she also creates variations
including Cocoa Mia Mayan with energizing
cayenne pepper and cinnamon and White
Chocolate Matcha, infused with green tea.
Cocoa Mia has something for creative
chocolate lovers-a make-your-own chocolate

bar at the shop's weekend Molino Bar.
Customers choose from among 30 ingredients
and watch as the chocolatier blends a custom
chocolate bar just for them. The process-
from raw ingredients to wrapped bar-takes
five minutes, costs under $6, and is guaranteed
to contain enough calories to get you up the
Buffalo.
-Su Clauson-Wicker


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