The most avant-garde chocolate entrepreneur

December 12, 2011, 10:44 PM UTC

Credit: Asa Mathat

When Rosie O’Donnell met Vosges Haut-Chocolat founder Katrina Markoff at this year’s Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, the two women hit it off instantly. On a panel featuring top entrepreneurs, Markoff said that she started her company 13 years ago because she saw a need to innovate in chocolate (the chocolate bacon bar, Vosges’ best seller, constitutes that) and “to bring peace to the world through chocolate.”

“And I, coincidentally, have tried to bring peace to the world through eating chocolate,” Rosie wisecracked. O’Donnell moderated the session, which also featured Tyra Banks and Stella & Dot founder Jessica Herrin.

Maybe these two women bonded because they both like to go against the grain and push the boundaries. O’Donnell invited Markoff, who is one of Fortune’s 2011 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, to talk about her avant-garde endeavor on her daytime talk show on OWN. The program just aired. Take a look at this clip:

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