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purplecap Nov 30, 2006 08:54 PM

I'm looking for online sources for chocolate candy that is the opposite of See's candy. I need ideas for holiday gifts. I've looked at Harry and David, and Godiva chocolates, but these strike me as generic. The more unusual the better.

Got a favorite to share?

  1. ballulah Dec 10, 2006 04:30 AM

    I second Jacques Torres. There is another fantastic chocolate store that does mail order, it's very pricey but worth every dollar La Maison du Chocolat www.lamaisonduchocolat.com I've recommended this place a lot on these threads in the last few days. They use a very high cocoa percentage chocolate for a very dark and luscious product. My favorite is their Habanera truffle which is a dark chocolate ganache truffle with top quality plums and peaches.

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      choctastic Dec 11, 2006 12:53 AM

      with the current exchange rate getting worse and worse they are really pricey nowadays but i agree, one of my favorites. talking about mdc not jack torres.

    2. free sample addict aka Tracy L Dec 10, 2006 04:10 AM

      I have heard this place is great:

      http://www.chuaochocolatier.com/

      I personally like:

      http://www.verdunchocolates.com/

      http://www.moonstruckchocolate.com/

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        Sitka Dec 10, 2006 04:00 AM

        http://www.kookisushi.com/ - chocolate that looks like sushi. Very unusual.

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          jeyd Dec 10, 2006 03:51 AM

          I'd like to add chocosphere.com , they have chocolates from all over the world. Also try cowgirlchocolate.com if you like chocolate with a little kick. (they add a little cayenne to their chocolate...my husband loves it!!)

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            purplecap Dec 1, 2006 02:15 PM

            Thank you to all lovers for these great suggestions. Chocolate chick, you're right about other threads - I then did a search for sweetbliss and found the others. Few more suggestions certainly didn't hurt.

            I'll report back what I ended up getting and the customer experience.

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              Fleur Dec 1, 2006 08:21 AM

              You can find beautiful and delicious hand made chocolate in traditional and very unusual flavors at JACQUES TORRES CHOCOLATES in DUMBO. Available online as well

              http://www.mrchocolate.com/CatItems.a...

              Jacques Torres is the French Pastry Chef and Candy maker who had a show on the Food Network. He opened his factory and store in DUMBO in Brooklyn NY and ships all over. Rated 28 or 29 in ZAGAT. Very superior to commercial chocolate like GODIVA.

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                ziggylu Nov 30, 2006 09:21 PM

                I've given Vosges a few times as gifts. Several exotic flavors. http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/

                Last time we were in San Francisco we picked up some chocolates from Recchiuti for out petsitter. She really liked them and again they had lots of unusual and exotic combinations. http://www.recchiuticonfections.com/

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                  amandine Dec 1, 2006 02:53 AM

                  I was also going to suggest Recchiuti... SO beautiful too! If I'm not mistaken, I saw them in the Williams Sonoma catalog recently...

                  Also, the chocolates sold at Jin Patisserie in Los Angeles? I have not tried them but I've heard good things... Asian-inspired chocolates. http://www.jinpatisserie.com/store/ho...

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                  emilief Nov 30, 2006 09:13 PM

                  Love Burdick Chocolate:www.burdickchocolate.com.They have adorable chocolate mice with red and green silk tails, chocolate penguins, and wonderful assorted chocolates, hot chocolate etc. They are very high quality.
                  Harbor Sweets makes delicious chocolates- their sweet sloops- little sailboats filled with toffee are especially good- also sand dollars filled with caramel and nuts and lighthouse candy filled with cranberry.
                  The today show had a piece today on www.recchiuti.com- I logged on and was very impressed with their unusual selection, especially the ones with handpainted scenes, others with edible gold, salted caramels, brownies etc.

                  1. chocolate chick Nov 30, 2006 08:57 PM

                    There have been several threads on this topic before, but my favorite is www.sweetbliss.com . It's delicious and whimiscal. Enjoy!

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                      SLO Dec 3, 2006 04:55 AM

                      Just saw some of their stuff at TJ Maxx

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                        chocolate chick Dec 3, 2006 12:20 PM

                        You're kidding! That is a strange place for sweetbliss. Which one did you see it at?

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                          SLO Dec 3, 2006 12:49 PM

                          The one in Mt. Kisco ... It was the pistachio brittle in the lucite box for $20

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