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Fresh Cream Chocolates

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Is there a local chocolatier that makes "cremes fraiches" chocolates - the kind that need to be eaten within days after purchase (ala Wittamer, or other shops in Belgium). Plenty of places use "fresh cream" in their chocolates, but I've yet to find real "fresh cream"-filled confections anywhere around.

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  1. You might check out Chocolate on the Pacific Garden Mall in Santa Cruz,. They make mousse truffles which are, as far as I can tell, blobs of flavored whipped cream dipped in chocolate. I am particularly fond of the Mexican Chocolate flavor. Website says they have Mocha, Amaretto, Cherry-Vanilla, Mexican Chocolate, Rosecream, Coconut, Hazelnut, Lavender, & Classic Bittersweet.

    Here is their website:

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    Chocolate
    1522 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    1. I have looked and not any. I did discover that Macy's has a Neuhaus chocolate shop in their basement that flies in their fresh creams on a expediated basis. Usually, I'll call to find out exactly when the next shipment is coming in and when it left the factory. I haven't done it in about a year, but with careful timing I have bought Neuhaus fresh creams that were no more than two days old.

      FYI - Chocolate (Santa Cruz) the mousse truffees are NOTHING like Belgian fresh creams.

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      1. re: larochelle

        That is a great find. How are they? Neuhaus hasn't traditionally been my #1 favorite, and I don't even stop in their shops in Belgium, but I've never had their fresh creams. But from the beggars can't be choosers department, they may just have another customer.

        1. re: lmnopm

          I love them but I have not done a definitive study of fresh creams in Belgium. Maybe someday.

          1. re: larochelle

            I'll look forward to trying them. Now I'm curious!

      2. Woodhouse has chocolates that have a very short shelf life. I don't know whether they would fit your needs.

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        1. re: wally

          Alas, a quick glance at the "Index of Chocolates" on their website http://www.woodhousechocolate.com/ reveals no Fresh Creams.

          It might be worth calling to see if they have any chocolates that are not listed on their website. Also, they do have Mocha Creams & Praline Creams if the OP is willing to compromise.

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          Woodhouse Chocolate
          1367 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574