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Need dark chocolate FAST!!!

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4chowpups Oct 6, 2006 01:18 PM

Calling all chocoholics...I have a client that doesn't like sugar but loves very dark chocolate...where can I get her some in the Boston area? I know I could get something online but I need it ASAP.
Thanks!!!

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  1. Bob Dobalina RE: 4chowpups Oct 6, 2006 01:27 PM

    Emack and Bolio's?

    1. heathermb RE: 4chowpups Oct 6, 2006 01:30 PM

      There's the chocoloate 'boutique' in the Hotel Commonwealth, I'm sure you would find something wonderful there. I can't remember the name but it's probably linked from the hotel's website.

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        Joanie RE: heathermb Oct 6, 2006 02:34 PM

        Temper Chocolates.

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          heathermb RE: Joanie Oct 6, 2006 03:09 PM

          Yes, thank-you. I knew it was something clever.

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        kate used to be 50 RE: 4chowpups Oct 6, 2006 01:30 PM

        Dairy Fresh on Salem Street in the North End.

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          uman RE: 4chowpups Oct 6, 2006 01:31 PM

          Whole Foods Market- lots of chocolate over 75% cacao. From Callabaut, Vahlrona, and El Rey.

          1. DavisSquare RE: 4chowpups Oct 6, 2006 01:31 PM

            Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Cardullo's, Formaggio Kitchen, Pemberton Market, probably Shaw's and Stop & Shop, etc. etc. etc. Did you have something specific (product or location) in mind?

            1. nsenada RE: 4chowpups Oct 6, 2006 01:36 PM

              Marty's Liquors in Newton has Callebaut for about $4/lb (73% I think), and a fair selection of other brands.

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                Bostonbob3 RE: 4chowpups Oct 6, 2006 01:36 PM

                You can get VERE (one of the best dark chocolates on the planet) at:

                The Gourmet Boutique
                10 Huntington Avenue
                617-266-2906

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                  Bostonbob3 RE: 4chowpups Oct 6, 2006 01:39 PM

                  Found The Gourmet Boutique's website. Seems they also carry lots of other amazing chocolates, including Michel Cluizel, which is my favorite of all time:

                  http://www.gourmetboutique.net/

                  1. JudyHP RE: 4chowpups Oct 6, 2006 01:40 PM

                    Serenade Chocolatier in South Station and Brookline are really great. Also a new chocolate shop on Beacon Hill is supposed to be very good - I think Limster wrote a review of it a while back.

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                      Velda Mae RE: 4chowpups Oct 6, 2006 02:24 PM

                      You can try the French chocolatier Michel Richart in Copley Place. The place JudyHP mentioned on Beacon Hill is on Charles at the corner of Pinckney.

                      1. finlero RE: 4chowpups Oct 6, 2006 02:41 PM

                        Where are you exactly? If you're within striking distance of Harvard Square, I'd throw in a strong rec for L.A. Burdick.

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                          heathermb RE: finlero Oct 6, 2006 03:08 PM

                          Those chocolate mice are adorable (and delicious!)

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                          4chowpups RE: 4chowpups Oct 6, 2006 04:05 PM

                          Thanks for the immediate response!!! I think if I can get there I will try BostonBob's suggestion, The Gourmet Boutique...my client is French and I suppose her family brings her chocolate when they visit but I wanted to get her something extra dark and delicious locally. She doesn't seem to like truffles, etc. so I am looking for just plain chocolate. I frequent TJ's and Whole Foods but I do not eat extra dark chocolate and I don't know which to avoid and which is superior! P.S. I'm on the Northshore.

                          1. enhF94 RE: 4chowpups Oct 6, 2006 04:31 PM

                            Savenor's Cambridge has a limited selection.

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                              gilliano RE: 4chowpups Oct 6, 2006 04:56 PM

                              If you are close to Marblehead, Stowaway Sweets is great!

                              1. lipoff RE: 4chowpups Oct 6, 2006 05:36 PM

                                Also in Harvard Square, Cardullo's Gourmet Shoppe has a wide selection of imported very dark chocolates. The various Whole Foods Markets in the area also have very nice dark chocolate bars for sale.

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                                  Elzoe RE: 4chowpups Oct 6, 2006 06:21 PM

                                  We are dark chocolate addicts of the first order and our favorites come from Serenade, in Brookline Village. Their hand-dipped dark chocolates are truly extraordinary and their dark almond bark is not to be missed.

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                                    GaryK RE: 4chowpups Oct 6, 2006 06:28 PM

                                    This string is rapidly lengthening, but I want to add my 2 cents. Based on the OP's comments and my experience with virtually all the suggestions, I have to put in another vote for Temper Chocolates in the Hotel Commonwealth. They have a unique collection of dark chocolate bars that can't be found anywhere else in town, with a knowledgeable staff that can give you good info on origins and characteristics of each one. As for truffles/bon bons, I'm a Burdick's fan, but that's not what the OP seems to be looking for.

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                                      coffeemonkey RE: 4chowpups Oct 6, 2006 06:33 PM

                                      While we are on this topic, has anyone seen Valrhona's Ampamakia at any of the place recommanded here?

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                                        redfox RE: 4chowpups Oct 18, 2006 01:49 PM

                                        I hate the gourmet boutique. The service i had there was awful! i also purchased two different boxes of chocolate as gifts for clients and in both boxes the chocolates had turned a chalky white color. I am sure the chocolates would have been wonderful if the place i purchased them at managed to pay attention to the sell by date. The gourmet boutique is a waste of money i would rather go to Teuscher on Newbury or Richart Chocolates in Copley, they both have great chocolates well worth the money!

                                        1. ErstwhileEditor RE: 4chowpups Oct 18, 2006 06:15 PM

                                          My daughter and I are dark chocolate afficionados. I'd say Formaggio (on Huron Ave.) and Pemberton Market, followed by Whole Foods.

                                          ErstwhileEditor

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                                            wonderwoman RE: 4chowpups Oct 19, 2006 02:21 AM

                                            for my go-to, fill my daily chocolate fix, i depend on the chocovic ocumare bars i get at tj's for $1.99 for 85 grams.

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                                              fenian RE: 4chowpups Oct 19, 2006 03:07 AM

                                              Cardullos, Formaggio, and Christina's Spices have the best chocolate selections I've seen.

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