Great Chocolate Mail Order for Very Sick Friend
- Jim Leff
I have a friend in very perilous health who loves chocolate. I want to send her something very festive and chocolate based, but not something that would seem intimidating to eat (i.e. tons and tons of chocolate), cuz, again, she's in poor health (though...come to think of it....her family/friends would probably enjoy participating).
I'm willing to spend up to $100, and it needs to arrive soon, so ideally it'd be from a snappy, professional mail order source.
thanks for any advice!
What about this place, anybody tried?
A while back someone suggested See's chocolates as a good mail order source, what's the current opinion?
Not high end, but supposed to be tasty?
Good little article about chocolate:
Hope your friend feels better, Jim.......
Funny thing about chocolate though, supposed to make pain worse supposedly......I'm recuperating from back surgery, and was told to stay away from it.....but just looking at it makes me feel better! :)
La Maison du Chocolat is fabulous. Top-quality French chocolates with amazing flavors. I had them first in Paris, and now I order from their New York branch to get my fix. Expensive, but worth it.
My favorite flavors are Andalousie (lemon zest), Ameguey (cherry-citrus), Othello (mountain honey), and Garrigue (fennel).
See's chocolate is standard American chocolate, similar to Fanny Farmer, Fanny Mae, and Laura Secord (standard Canadian chocolate). Not in the same league at all.
i third it. they have a selection of mini-chocolates coming in something like 48 flavours. terrific for the pure flavours, fennel, balsamic, licorice, apricot, bergamot, wildflower, thyme, , cardamon, caramel were some favourites. great novelty factor and delicious to boot.
also agree with the poster below who recommended Christopher Elbow chocolates from KC. love the caramels in particula, they are kinda on the sweet side but possibly the yummiest chocs ive tasted.
Two Los Angeles sources and one in Brooklyn:
Singaporean pastry chef is trained in classic French technique, and makes wonderfully Asian influenced flavors like mango kalamansi and pandan. I especially like the balck sesame, sea salt caramel truffles.
1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
Boule has great chocolates and pate de fruit. Far less annoying to buy via mail order than dealing with the overprecious attitude of the staff. Great product, though.
420 N. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angles, CA 90048
Can't go far wrong with Jacques Torres' two stores in NYC. Also one in Manhattan (Hudson St - Chelsea).
Jacques Torres Chocolate
66 Water Street
The chocolate mice from LA Burdick (http://www.burdickchocolate.com/) come in a lovely little wooden box and are sure to bring a smile to your friend's face. I've done mail order through them a few times without any problems.
Alternatively, the Manhattan Leonidas store takes internet orders and has always packaged my chocolates nicely with flawless delivery. I order half pound ballotins as office gifts every winter and nearly had a riot on my hands when I asked whether people might like something else this year. (http://www.leonidas-chocolate.com/)
I have to second both those recommendations: I love Leonides, and a nice hounds sent me some LA Burdick chocolates once, and I was impressed not only by the chocolate but by how well it was packed for shipping. The mice and penguins are adorable, and the truffles are out of this world.
The dark chocolate pistachio frogs from Chocolate Fetish are so freaking delicious that I loose all sense of not only self-discipline, but morality and thus will eat as many as possible and then lie to my husband about how many were in the bag.
I know Jim has already made his purchase, but for others I will say that Chocosphere has a HUGE selection and I've never had any trouble 'net ordering from them.