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junglekitte Dec 4, 2006 09:32 PM

is there a chocolatier or supermarket that sells good sugar free chocolates? i'm not really looking for a chocolate bar, more like truffles.

not trader joe's. ;)


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    DaveS RE: junglekitte Dec 4, 2006 09:42 PM

    Varsano's 172 W. 4th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenue).

    I've gotten various sugar free chocolate goodies there for someone who cannot have sugar and I was told they were pretty good.


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      JungMann RE: DaveS Apr 28, 2008 11:30 AM

      Varsano's doesn't have sugar-free truffles, but they have a selection of some other maltitol-based treats. White chocolate almond bark had a good balance of nuts to chocolate and avoided being cloying. Peanut butter cups were great. Dark was especially full-tasting and all the confections had a great, smooth texture that fooled my palate.

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        racer x RE: JungMann Apr 28, 2008 05:16 PM

        Thanks for letting us know. I planned to try some of Varsano's stuff this weekend, but the staff was busy stomping on something on the floor, so I thought it might be a bad time to visit.

        I went stopped by Teuscher's in Philadelphia today. Their only sugar-free product is fructose-based chocolate bars. The websites of the NY Teuscher's stores shows bars as well as non-bar fructose-based chocolates.

    2. MMRuth RE: junglekitte Dec 5, 2006 10:20 PM

      I believe that Leonidas carries sugar-free chocolates.

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        racer x RE: MMRuth Apr 22, 2008 07:08 PM

        I've recently become interested in this topic, since several relatives have been diagnosed with diabetes.

        I stopped by Leonidas today (which, incidentally, is my favorite place for chocolates in the city). They do carry no-sugar-added chocolates, but only as chocolate bars, which are apparently purchased from another company (eg, Cavalier, a Belgian brand). The ones I tried were sweetened with sugar alcohols (maltitol and lactitol), which can have a laxative effect if consumed in large quantities.

        Anyone have an update on any other chocolatiers in the city that sell sugar-free truffles or other non-bar chocolates?

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        pbjluver RE: junglekitte Apr 22, 2008 07:27 PM

        Godiva has a sugar-free assortment

        There is decent sugar-free dark choc or milk choc candy at the "bin" places...
        my fav is at the TastiD'lite (spelled wrong I think) store on 2nd Ave at 62nd St.

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          racer x RE: pbjluver Apr 22, 2008 08:03 PM

          Thanks for the info. Didn't know about Godiva.

          I previously tried just searching the Manhattan board on this topic, since I'm looking for NYC chocolatiers - didn't turn up much. But a search of all of chowhound found Martine's and Teuscher's.

          Anybody have opinions on Martine's or Teuscher's sugar-free chocolates?

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            JungMann RE: pbjluver Apr 23, 2008 07:19 AM

            The TastiD'lite candies work if you're really craving something sweet, but they're not all that great. Vosges au Chocolat has sugar-free bars that are okay (a tad too bitter for my taste), but I am definitely headed to Varsano's this weekend to have a taste. Getting my candy-fix with sugar-free turron from DespaƱa is getting a little too expensive for me during this recession.

          2. LNG212 RE: junglekitte Apr 23, 2008 07:33 AM

            Fairway posted on their blog that they are carrying Klingele sugar free chocolate from Belgium. I've never heard of it and am looking to get some for my mom. If I find it there, I'll post back about it. Has anyone else tried it?

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              BW212 RE: junglekitte Apr 23, 2008 05:20 PM

              Lilac Chocolates carry various sugar free chocolates (like truffles). They don't make them themselves, so what they have and when they get them varies. They are very good, but you might want to call first to find out what they have in stock.

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                Ann900 RE: junglekitte Apr 23, 2008 08:57 PM

                I've been a diabetuic since I was a kid and over the years I've tried many,many sugar free chocolates. The problem with many of them is that they have a chalky taste. I've found that sugar free chocolate made with maltitol usually taste superior.
                Ashers is one company that makes both sugar free bars and individual chocolate in many different flavors. Economy Canada on the LES carries a wide assorment of them. They're far from my favorites, but will do in a pinch, and are reasonably priced.
                Many of the individual sugar free chocolates sold in other stores are from Asher (and at prices much higher than at Economy).

                By far my favorite sugar free bars are made by the belgium choclate maker, Guylian. You can find them in many place around the city, including Zabars. They come in dark, milk and hazeknut. and are reasonably priced.

                Mondel's Chocolates is a family run operation on the UWS near Columbia University that makes their own sugar free chocolartes. Mondel's has been there for years and the chocolate is very fresh.Their sugar free choclates come in several different flavors, including truffles. I love their sugar free dark almond bark.Their prices are reasonable.
                I've often bought their chocolates as gifts for friends and family who are diabetic and more than one person has asked me if they really were sugar-free.- that's how good they are.
                Most all of the sugar free chocolates sold in supemarkets- like the packaged sugar free cookies many stores carry- are pretty awful.Avoid at all costs Hersheys sugar free chocolates=they're the worst.

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                  racer x RE: Ann900 Apr 24, 2008 12:02 PM

                  Thanks for that wealth of info.
                  I've seen Guylian chocolate bars in the stores but have never tried them. Now I have a reason to.

                  I used to live in Morningside Hts and would regularly pass by Mondel's, but never went in (those were the good old days when I wasn't really into chocolates). I didn't know they were still in business - or that they make their own sugar-free items. Would love to support mom & pop places like that. Will have to try them and Varsano's.

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                  bussy26 RE: junglekitte Apr 24, 2008 07:55 AM

                  Marine's (amazing chocolate shop in bloomingdales) has some.

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                    racer x RE: bussy26 Apr 24, 2008 12:04 PM

                    I think you mean Martine's. I know their regular chocolates are very popular. Has anyone tried their sugar-free chocolates?

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                    FNY RE: junglekitte Apr 24, 2008 02:57 PM

                    The best sugar-free chocolate I've had is in Brooklyn at a place called JoMart. You practically can't tell it's sugar-free!


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