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jcattles Feb 16, 2008 05:22 PM

Ok. I'm on a chocolate kick lately. Just wondering what everyone's favorite brand (dark or milk) chocolate is, and why. Personally, I haven't met many chocolates i don't like. The only ones I really can't stand is Hershey's. It's to sweet and processed. Give me something smooth and dark that goes really well with a glass of red wine and a hot bubble bath!

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  1. Emme RE: jcattles Feb 16, 2008 06:59 PM

    oh gosh i'm a cali girl, so my loyalty for comfort chocolate is a see's bordeaux.

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      tlegray RE: jcattles Feb 16, 2008 07:11 PM

      Lindt or See's. I prefer dark chocolate but milk is good too. For baking Ghirardelli.

      1. FoodieKat RE: jcattles Feb 16, 2008 09:13 PM

        Probably would have to be Green and Black's, especially the Maya Gold and the Dark chocolate with cherries. Mmm...:-) I also like Cadbury's, but only on occasion, since I try to only eat dark chocolate now. Toblerone is another occasional treat too.

        1. manraysky RE: jcattles Feb 16, 2008 10:07 PM

          For boxed chocolates, I love See's candy.

          My boyfriend got me a box of Moonstruck chocolates for Valentine's day, and they're really nice. http://www.moonstruckchocolate.com/

          I am also a big fan of the large size of Hershey's Special Dark bar. Large size because I like the thickness, not just because I'm greedy!

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            justagthing RE: jcattles Feb 16, 2008 11:08 PM

            I love the truffle from Helen Grace, another southern cal company. But then again I also like Teuscher chocolates which are imported from Switzerland.

            1. seal RE: jcattles Feb 17, 2008 02:49 AM

              Fran's chocolates out of Seattle makes the absolute best chocolate covered caramels in the world.

              http://www.franschocolates.com

              For the pure stuff, I go to Chocosphere

              http://www.chocosphere.com

              my favorite there is the Santander.

              For a quick fix at the local market I go with either Lindt Berne bars or the Ghirardelli 60%.

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                dolores RE: seal Feb 17, 2008 02:54 AM

                When I can't get Teuscher (*sigh*), my favorite is Lindt.

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                  Ruth Lafler RE: seal Apr 24, 2008 01:03 PM

                  I just order a bunch of stuff from Chocosphere, and my favorite is a 60 percent cocoa solids bar from Grenada Chocolate. It's all organic, made in the rainforest in Grenada at a factory that's powered by solar energy. But beyond that, it's *really* good. I tasted a sample when one of the founders was visiting in San Francisco, but he didn't have any for sale, and I wondered if it was really as good as I thought it was from a small sample. But it is. I've had other small-batch single origin chocolates from chocolatiers that are trying this approach (going bean to bar at the point of origin), and this is by far the best.

                  www.grenadachocolate.com

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                  Soup RE: jcattles Feb 17, 2008 07:32 AM

                  I love Wilbur's dark.

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                    Vetter RE: Soup Feb 17, 2008 07:36 AM

                    Rapunzel from Switzerland is my favorite noshy chocolate. When I lived in Portland, OR it wasn't hard to find. Lately Chocolove is the backup.

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                    Hooda_Guest RE: jcattles Feb 17, 2008 08:46 AM

                    For luxury chocolates, my favorite is Christopher Elbow. We order one box around Christmas each year and cut each piece in half so that we get to try some of each one.

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                      pellegrino31 RE: Hooda_Guest Apr 25, 2008 08:05 AM

                      I was really impressed by Christopher Elbow when I visited KC two years ago and stumbled upon the store. Really great quality and flavors.

                      I also like Kee's which is a local place here in NYC that makes the most heavenly chocolates. As for ones that are more widely available, I enjoy Green and Black's dark chocolate.

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                      Judith RE: jcattles Feb 17, 2008 09:02 AM

                      Somebody gave me a gift of Moser Roth premium dark chocolate. Amazing.

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                        Kelli2006 RE: jcattles Feb 17, 2008 10:47 AM

                        My favorite candy is a local producer, Harry London chocolate. www.harrylondon.com

                        I prefer to snack on Ghirardelli or E Guittard 60-70%+ bittersweet chocolate. I have never been impressed with Sharfenberger but Callebaut and Valrhona are very good for baking purposes.

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                          jetlag RE: jcattles Apr 25, 2008 07:51 AM

                          When I worked in Mexico City as a computer consultant a clien, Chocolates Turin, made the best chocolates I have ever tasted including Godiva etc.

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