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Chocolates as a hostess gift

mobirose Dec 7, 2007 06:10 AM

I've seen a lot of threads about hostess gift ideas lately, but can anyone recommend a where to get some nice chocolates?

  1. JamieK Dec 20, 2007 06:24 AM

    I bought a box of assorted truffles for a hostess gift yesterday at the Belgian Chocolate Shop in the Beach, at the far east fringe. Friendly helpful staff. Lots of gift choices. Chocolates very fresh, made daily on the premises. When you walk in, the place smells heavenly.

    Belgian Chocolate Shop
    2455 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E, CA

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    1. re: JamieK
      missmouse Dec 20, 2007 08:48 AM

      We get these for Christmas every year from my Aunt. They truly are fresh and they are SO GOOD! Anyone would be thrilled to receive them as a gift.

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      hoagy294 Dec 9, 2007 07:23 AM

      I like Simryn on the Danforth just east of Broadview. They have a nice selection of truffles.

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      1. re: hoagy294
        embee Dec 19, 2007 08:29 AM

        We have been long time fans of Simryn's chocolates, both the truffles and the novelty items. Yesterday we returned from a major gift shopping visit and dug into our personal truffle haul with great anticipation. We were startled and disappointed!

        Everything still looked great and the truffles were as smooth and rich as ever. But they tasted different than in the past, and everything was extremely sweet. The shells and the fillings, dark and milk, were MUCH sweeter than before. We used to be able to eat an indecent number of these at one sitting. Now we were both desperate for water after only one. The fillings of several different truffles tasted much the same. The liqueur/brandy flavours ranged from non-existent to barely noticeable. The chile truffle was weird.

        I don't know whether they've been specifically cutting costs, or just changed their recipes, but we won't be going back.

      2. Full tummy Dec 7, 2007 02:23 PM

        I love Swiss Master Chocolatier at York Mills & Bayview and the Belgian Chocolate Shop on Queen Street in the Beaches (very east end), but all the other recommendations are also great.

        1. JamieK Dec 7, 2007 08:07 AM

          Whereabouts are you? There's a new place called Kakayo in the Beach that makes lovely truffles and other chocolate goodies. Actually, not in "the Beach" per se. West of Coxwell on Queen.


          1584 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

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          1. re: JamieK
            czthemmnt Dec 7, 2007 11:32 AM

            There is a Teuscher chocolate shop on the 2nd floor of the Manulife Centre, next to William Ashley. Excellent quality chocolates, especially the champagne truffles, but be prepared- it's quite pricey. It's worth it, though, for that special someone (who, I like to think, is MOI! LMAO)

            1. re: JamieK
              millygirl Dec 7, 2007 11:49 AM

              Yes Kakayo are good. They were also at the Brickworks Farmers Market all season. And I saw an ad for Teuscher, they looked wonderful. I must try them, or even better maybe someone will think I'm special enough to receive some.

            2. xtal Dec 7, 2007 08:05 AM

              If you're in the west part of the city, Delight is quite excellent.

              Delight Chocolates
              3040 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P, CA

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                merlot143 Dec 7, 2007 06:57 AM

                Soma chocolates in the Distillery District makes fabulous chocolates. My favorite is the chocolate with caramel and fleur de sel.

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                  LovesToEat Dec 7, 2007 07:25 AM

                  I second JS Bonbons or Stubbe. And I'll also add Delight Chocolates from the Junction: http://www.delightchocolate.ca/

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                    littlegreenpea Dec 9, 2007 12:08 PM

                    Another vote for JS Bonbons! She has a shop at Davenport/Dupont and at Queen W (between Bathurst and Trinity Bellwoods).

                    1. re: littlegreenpea
                      deelicious Dec 9, 2007 12:20 PM

                      Sorry to report - the JS Bonbons Queen W. location closed many months ago.

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                        littlegreenpea Dec 9, 2007 12:23 PM

                        Ah, thanks for the correction. I'm sad to hear that! I assume the Dupont location is still open? It better be be/c I need my coriander and lime truffle fix soon!

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                          estufarian Dec 9, 2007 12:58 PM

                          It was open yesterday!

                          1. re: estufarian
                            idnas Dec 9, 2007 02:39 PM

                            Another vote for JS Bonbons. I've given them as hostess gifts a few times and they always go over well. Of course, I always pick up a couple for myself too. ;)

                2. Mike from Hamilton Dec 7, 2007 06:55 AM

                  I would recommend Gerhard's Bakery on Bellamy in Scarborough, he makes lovely chocolates, truffles, etc.

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                    fussychow Dec 7, 2007 06:20 AM

                    Stubbe has great chocolates, and they have these cookie thingy's (I know there's a name for them and I can't remember it) with nuts/sugar bottomed by chocolate - amazing.


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                    1. re: fussychow
                      estufarian Dec 7, 2007 06:27 AM

                      I also recommend Stubbe - but if you're in the area JS Chocolates (also on Dupont at Davenport) has more unusual flavours.

                      JS Bonbons
                      163 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R, CA

                      1. re: fussychow
                        Full tummy Dec 7, 2007 02:20 PM

                        Do you mean florentines?

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