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Nov 29, 2007 02:18 PM

Best chocolates/truffles?

With the holidays coming up, it's time to find nice gifts for some people we don't know *that* well. I'm hoping to find some really nice chocolates, but not sure where to head. I know Whole Foods and Central Market carry some, but wonder if anyone's tried those or has other recommendations.

I'm looking for the kind of chocolates and truffles that come with really tasty (but not too esoteric) fillings: liquers, ganaches, etc.--and are beautifully presented. Ie., not the hardcore single estate 90% chocolate bars type of offerings (not that there's anything wrong with that, but you know...)

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  1. Are you looking to purchase these locally, or are you willing to order elsewhere and have them delivered?

    1. For a good discussion of (mostly) local chocolate sources, renz, check out:

      If you're looking for mail-order sources only, many serious chocoholics have posted on the subject! You might want to start with a search of the "General Chowhounding Topics" board. This is one of many such threads:

      1. I am looking ot purchase locally.

        Thanks for the link, and sorry for posting a previously addressed topic.

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        1. re: renz

          I didn't mean it that way at all. Topics re-appear all the time, often for good reason. I know I always appreciate a reminder about chocolate. ;-)

        2. I bought some of the famed Fran's smoked-seasalt caramels at Whole Foods and they were very good. Costly as gold. I've been meaning to go back and try the WF branded ones, which were out when we were there but are much less expensive.

          1. Having worked as a pastry chef in town (including making truffles for a certain bakery), I'd have to say you're going to have a hard time finding really good truffles (like the ones you'll find in say Paris or Venice) here because its not really economically viable. The sad truth is that too many owners think that really good ingredients aren't worth paying for, and you can't blame them, because the public doesn't really want to pay for a quality product. Might as well get the WF, Central Market or even Sun Harvest ones.

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            1. re: taliesin15

              I just mentioned this in a previous post, but I love Wiseman House truffles at Gardens or a Oakville Grocery. The boxes at Gardens are nicely wrapped. They are a little on the pricey side, but worth it. Last week I bought a Christmas tree shaped box of Joseph Schmidt truffles (18 large decorated dome-style truffles) as an emergency gift (in case someone gives me a gift unexpectedly).