Dear Coco makes vegan, gluten-free, certified kosher pareve chocolate truffles and bars. (Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

COCOA CRISPED: Pastry chef and chocolatier Rachelle Dalva Ferneau puts global (and locavore) touches in her line of Dear Coco artisan confections of Bethesda, which are vegan, gluten-free, certified kosher pareve and made with Belgian chocolate. Recently added to her line of truffles (pictured at top, 12-piece Around the World collection, $25.50) are her toffee and chocolate bars (nine kinds, 3.5 ounces, $7.50 each), including the surprisingly successful flavor combinations of Old Bay-seasoned toffee with roasted Virginia peanuts and sea salt in the dark Chesapeake Toffee Chocolate Bar and cinnamon-clove toffee with rose water, roasted walnuts and sea salt in the dark Istanbul Toffee Chocolate Bar.

Available at Glen’s Garden Market in the District (202-588-5698), Soupergirl in Dupont Circle and Takoma Park (202-733-4401, 202-609-7177), the Bottle Shop in Rockville (301-738-9463) and via www.dearcoco.com.