Tsunami - Hit Shop Offers Sea Salt - Flavored Chocolate For Valentine's

Tsunami-hit shop offers sea salt-flavored chocolate for Valentine'sA confectioner that had its shop destroyed by the tsunami that struck northeastern Japan following the March 2011 earthquake is targeting the Valentine's Day market with a chocolate flavored by sea salt from the quake-hit coast.

Cleauventerre, based in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, tops its "Moshio Chocolat" with sea salt extracted from waters of the nearby coast, according to chocolate maker Seiji Watanabe, 61.

Until relocating to a neighboring lot in the city in March 2012, Watanabe had been selling his products at a half-destroyed outlet to "relieve people's sentiments with sweets during such a hard time."