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Vosges truffles - are they worth it, and what are your favorites?

QueenB Dec 26, 2006 07:56 PM

As a small (but expensive) gift to myself, I've been considering buying a 16 piece box of Vosges truffles. The price, yes - it's daunting, but I'm willing to fork out the cash if they're worth it. Unfortunately, I don't believe they are sold anywhere close to me (in the D/FW area of Texas), so I'll have to have them shipped. I'm not interested in the chocolate bars or any of their other products at this time, strictly truffles.

My first question is - are they really worth the price? I'm very interested in sampling the more exotically-flavored truffles.

Secondly, what flavors do you think are exceptional?

I'm also willing to look at other brands of exotic truffles, so any suggestions?

TIA!

  1. jinet12 Sep 8, 2007 08:20 AM

    Tried the champagne truffle when last in New York, (Oprah had made a big deal about them on her show)...Not impressed....

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      avena Sep 7, 2007 12:45 PM

      I tried the Naga bar with curry, and I loved it!

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        Marci97 Dec 28, 2006 07:14 PM

        If you like caramel and praline, the "Wine of the Rabbit" truffle is the way to go. It is smooth, sweet without being overly so, just generally perfect.

        1. leanneabe Dec 28, 2006 06:52 PM

          On the west coast, we seem to have "better" alternative to the Vosges truffles. My dad bought a box for my mom and I to share and we weren't impressed. The flavors are different and they look nice, but I thought the chocolate shell was too hard and I didn't like that the flavors in the 16-truffle assortment repeated. Some of the ones we liked the best only had one, while the ones we weren't fond of had 2 in the box.

          Since you're looking at shipping them anyway, Chuao is San Diego based and has interesting flavors and is much less expensive that Vosges (they're even cheaper than the Target Choxie truffle boxes!).

          http://www.chuaochocolatier.com/

          I just popped onto their website to check the address and a 10% coupon is available. My favorites are the Modena, Cambur, and Parchita.

          Sometimes, I do splurge on the Vosges bars, mainly because it's easier to carry a bar in my purse than truffles. But I think, as a whole, Vosges is a little overrated.

          I think you can do a search on the site for "mail order chocolates" to find some other recommendations and Chow thoughts.

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          1. re: leanneabe
            QueenB Dec 28, 2006 10:28 PM

            Thanks leanneabe. I'll check that link.

          2. notmartha Dec 28, 2006 06:43 PM

            I like the red fire and the barcelona bars. I don't think the truffles are that great. I had the gatsby (valentine) and the honey truffle, as well as naga, and they are good but not memorable (especially for the price).

            If you want to spurge and willing to mail order, I would suggest trying Leonidas, La Dolce V or Rescuitti. There's a thread on the board on godiva chocolates and there're lots of recommendation on alternative chocolate vendors.

            Maybe if you can describe what your favorite favors are or what you are looking for that may make it easier for others to comment? For instance, do you like vanilla, caramel, pralines, coffee, citrus, tea, floral, or just something exotic?

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            1. re: notmartha
              QueenB Dec 28, 2006 10:28 PM

              I'm willing to try anything in the exotically flavored department.

              I've had plenty of truffles flavored with raspberry, orange, espresso and chocolate. I'm up for something new and adventurous. I'll check out those other suggestions as well. Thanks!

              1. re: QueenB
                notmartha Dec 29, 2006 03:07 PM

                Another thought is that I just remembered the latest issue of Bon Appetite featured 3 recipes of exotic flavors of truffles by the maker of Vosages. One is balsmaic vinegar. I was thinking of making them, but I think you do need good ingredients (chocolate, vinegar, etc.) to get a recent end result. I've made truffles before and they are pretty easy as long as you just dust them with cocoa powder instead of the chocolate coating.

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              Ellen Dec 28, 2006 05:17 PM

              I bought several boxes last year as a gift to myself and others. I was not overwhelmed and won't buy them again. It's not that they weren't quite good, but to me they were not worth the price I paid. I think half the cost just goes to pay for the pretty packaging.

              1. HillJ Dec 27, 2006 11:38 AM

                My Vosges favorite of late are the chips. A few in hot cocoa or coffee the chips add a nice depth of flavor.

                We've attended a few in-store tastings at the NYC/Village location. The hot cocoa tasting was my fav....with the homemade marshmellows..

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                  ziggylu Dec 26, 2006 11:44 PM

                  When we're in Las Vegas we always stop at the Vosges store. We love the Aztec collection and the spicy bars.

                  we've tried the caramels but didn't care for them. I bought my mom some smoked and grey salt caramels from Fran's for Christmas...they were much better than the caramels from Vosges.

                  1. rworange Dec 26, 2006 11:03 PM

                    There was a really great post earlier this year about Vosages truffles which described them and even has pictures of each.
                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/301628

                    Might give posting on the Texas board to see if there are any local truffle makers or stores closer to you that sel Vosges. You never know ... can't hurt.

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                      QueenB Dec 28, 2006 10:26 PM

                      Thanks rworange. I'm going to try over at the Texas board.

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                      pacz Dec 26, 2006 10:25 PM

                      Forgot to mention the d'Olivia bar - dried kalamata olives with white chocolate - just had a piece.

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                        annimal Dec 27, 2006 12:22 PM

                        I really like that one, and I didn't expect to. It's great, it doesn't taste like white chocolate or olives at all, just deliciousness.

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                          QueenB Dec 28, 2006 10:26 PM

                          This sounds so interesting...and good.

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                            jaime79 Sep 7, 2007 02:23 PM

                            It is! I like it so much that I have ordered it from the website 3 times in the past few months. If you like a sweet/salty combo, you should try it. I also like the Naga bar with curry in it. Sooo good. I have had a few of their truffles, and found them good but not great. I prefer the bars, actually.

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                          amyzan Dec 29, 2006 05:14 PM

                          I had one in my Christmas stocking! I didn't expect to like it, as white chocolate is usually WAY too sweet for me. Though there were moments the sweetness was strong, this bar really does white chocolate well. The salty, dry olives are a perfect counterpoint, and it's a winner. I'm going to look for them, as I was told Santa found it at Whole Foods.

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                          pacz Dec 26, 2006 10:23 PM

                          Whenever I am in SoHo, I go to the Vosges store. I especially love the Red Fire Bar Chocolate Bar with Mexican ancho and chipotle chillies and cinnamon! Yum! I have loved everything that I have tried.

                          1. chica Dec 26, 2006 09:53 PM

                            I LOVE Vosges truffles and always buy them when I'm at Neiman Marcus, or - better yet - at the Vosges store in Caesar's Palace, LV.

                            The exotic, dark chocolate and caramel collections are my favorite, although all the chocolates (bars included) are divine. The outside shells have just the right delicate dimension, and a bite reveals smooth, smart combinations of unique flavors. The spicy ones, topped with green tea or chili powder, for example, meld tastes that bring memories of my vacations back east!

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                              queenie Dec 26, 2006 09:15 PM

                              I was at the new Whole Foods at Preston Forest recently looking for the Vosges bars (which they currently do not carry) but the manager suggested I go to the candy department as they did carry Vosges truffles and I might find something I liked. Well I did check out that portion of the store just for grins although I was not interested in the truffles at that time and they did have a selection. You can buy them by the piece or by weight and they may have had some small prepackaged boxes as well.

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                                Brian S Dec 26, 2006 09:27 PM

                                I wandered into a fancy department store in Tulsa in early March and they had one box of Vosges Valentine' Day truffles at 75% off. Yeah, it was worth it! Neiman Marcus might do the same if they have any left after Christmas or Valentine's Day.

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                                  bibi rose Dec 26, 2006 09:38 PM

                                  You can order boxes from the website, I think vosgeschocolatesdotcom. I am a fan of the bars, but having had a few of the truffles, I don't really think they are worth the price. I was excited to try the "Rooster" truffle with taleggio cheese, but it didn't have as much cheese flavor as I expected. I'd say don't bother unless you are terribly interested in specific flavors you can't find in another company's truffle.

                                2. re: queenie
                                  QueenB Dec 26, 2006 10:37 PM

                                  Scott or queenie,
                                  Do either of you know any places closer to where I'm at (near the DFW airport)? If not, I'll make the trek over. I'm still a little lost when I drive around here. Thank goodness I have a map.

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                                    queenie Dec 27, 2006 11:15 AM

                                    I'm sorry but I don't know anyplace around the airport - I meant to ask where you were. If you trek over to WF - bring an ice chest and do some grocery shopping. The Preston Forest store is their new concept store - the 2nd floor is a complete spa so you can treat yourself to a massage while you are there....It is a pretty straight shot if you take 635 east to the Preston exit and just go south on Preston till you get to Forest. It is on the southeast quadrant.

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                                  Scott Dec 26, 2006 08:38 PM

                                  QueenB,

                                  Though the selection may be slim after the Christmas rush, Neiman Marcus carries Vosges. I'd call the Northpark store and see what they have in stock. You'd be stuck with whatever pre-boxed assortments they have, since they don't sell them loose. But it would give you an idea of what to expect from the brand.

                                  Lots of stores around Dallas carry the Vosges bars, including Central Market, Sur la Table, and some World Market locations. Both Sur la Table locations have also had some of the Vosges caramels near the registers recently--e.g., gray sea salt, smoked salt, etc. The bars, particularly, would give you an idea of the types of flavors you can expect from the truffles.

                                  Good luck.

                                  Scott

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