Pentagon Chocolatier Edward Marc Will Have a Special Item at Costco

Finally a way to sample the store’s offerings without the need for security clearance.

By: Carol Ross Joynt

Area Costco shoppers will soon be able to get a taste of what has made the Edwards family a sensation among chocoholics at the Pentagon. That is where they have their only area chocolate shop, Edward Marc, which because of the location is off-limits to most of us.

Christian Edwards, who runs the Pentagon store with his sister, Dana Manatos, and brother, Mark Edwards, says they are known for their signature “turtles,” with caramel, pecans, and chocolate. For Costco they’ve redesigned the recipe, combining the chocolate and caramel with salty pretzels to create bite-size treats called “snappers.” They are sold by the 24-ounce bag and will become available at 26 Costco stores, including all the stores in the metro Washington area, starting April 16.

We first met Chris last year, at the premiere of Game Change, which he attended because he is portrayed in the film for his role on the McCain-Palin campaign. Edwards is both a politician and a chocolatier, and we visited his Pentagon shop thankful, in a way, that a security clearance is required to enter. Costco, alas, only requires a membership card.