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I'd like to get my wife some chocolate bars for Valentines and I'm wondering if there's any I've missed. There must be, since I know there's loads of new chocolate bars on the market.

She likes dark (70%minimum) chocolate bars. Scharffen Berger's 82% bar is her go-to bar on a week-to-week basis, if that helps you with a sense of what she likes.

There's no interest in filled chocolates, so good as Kee's is, that's not what I'm looking for.

Other places that I've ruled out as been-there-done-that or yuck: Max Brenner, Jacques Torres, Maison du Chocolate, Cluizel, MarieBelle, Endangered Species.

Amedei and Domori are two brands I'm interested in; does anyone know where I can get either of them?

So, chocolate lovers, help a choc-illiterate guy out here please.

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  1. Pierre Marcolini--although I've only had the filled chocolate.

    1. I love the Eclipse bar by Dagoba - 87%!

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      1. re: jbyoga

        Dagoba and Green and Black is available at good 'health food' stores

        1. re: jbyoga

          I found Green and Black's at Target on sale for about $2 a bar (100g).

      2. Great! Where can I get these?

        1. I'm devoted to Lindt 70%, and have discovered a recent love for Green and Black's.

          But if you're looking for something special for Valentine's day, you might want to check out Debauve et Gallais (69th & Madison). Their chocolates aren't too sweet and are real gems for dark chocolate connoisseurs. I also love the that they have a 200 yr history behind them.

          You can get bars called "tablettes" or "pistoles," little coin-shaped chocolate pieces (I love the earl gray flavor - very subtle without hiding the integrity of the chocolate). My personal favorite is their truffles, but your wife may not be interested in those. Wish I had a few on me right now...

          Good luck!

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          1. re: yumyumyogi

            If you go to Debauve et Gallais, ask them to make you a hot chocolate. It takes a while, and it's $10, but it's one of the best I've had.

          2. in addition to the others, i suggest vosges as one to try some time. they have a store on spring st and i think they sell them at bergdorf, too. the exotic caramels and the exotic truffles are fun and delicious.

            http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/

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            1. re: raybird

              Oh yeah! Their curry flavor's really interesting!

            2. Fauchon also has great chocolate bars

              1. In San Francisco, on Fillmore, there is a store called Bittersweet which not only had their own chocolate creations, but stocked a lot of different hard to find chocolate bars from small purveyors and manufacturers. Different cocoa levels, different origins and estates. Sort of like Dean & Deluca's chocolate bar section but 5 times bigger. Is there anything like that around here?

                http://www.bittersweetcafe.com

                1. I find Whole Foods has a nice selection.

                  Also, Chocosphere.com has all the best ones, including the one Gourmet mag voted as the best, Santander. I've tried Santander and while I like them well enough, I'm not sure about "best".

                  http://www.chocosphere.com

                  1. http://www.iluvchocolate.com is a good place to look. If the don't have Amedei, try l'Artaigne. They are also Italian and they're salted dark chocolate is AMAZING!

                    1. Actually, Trader Joe's has a small but nice selection of gourmet chocolate bars (and they're cheap!)

                      1. Just yesterday I spotted a brand I'd never seen before called "Seeds of Change."

                        Dark chocolate with 61% cacao, all organic ingredients with interesting flavors. I tried the one with mango, toasted coconut & cashews. Delicious subtle flavors with great texture!

                        Has anyone else tried this brand?

                        1. ok - here is my new straight up favorite....Neuhaus Sao Tome - crazy good - smoky finish....this chocolate would pair nicely with a good scotch!

                          1. So many great recs! I'll add Payard at Lex & 73rd...they have excellent bars (& chocolates)...and, of course fine pastry...

                            Also Eli's Manhattan at 3rd Ave & 80th has a large selection of high end chocolate bars...

                            1. Giardelli dark chocolate chunks sold at Trader Joe's

                              1. I'll second Fauchon!