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Chocolates as a hostess gift

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

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  1. 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.

    Dupont/Christie
    http://www.stubbechocolates.com/homep...

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    1. re: fussychow

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

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

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

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

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          1. re: merlot143

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

            1. re: LovesToEat

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

              1. re: littlegreenpea

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

                1. re: deelicious

                  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!

                    1. re: estufarian

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

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

            1. 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.

              http://www.kakayo.com/Home-Page.html

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              Kakayo
              1584 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

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              1. re: JamieK

                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

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

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                    1. re: hoagy294

                      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. 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.
                      http://www.orderline.com/chocolate/

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

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                      1. re: JamieK

                        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.