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Best CARAMELS in D.C.?

Where can I buy some really wonderful caramels? I had some after a meal at Komi that were terrific, but I'm sure they wouldn't sell them separately to me. (Hm, though I may call and ask.) Biagio on 18th only sells caramels in chocolate. I've considered Dean & Deluca, but I'd like something a little less... mass produced? Any ideas?

Thanks!

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  1. Blue Moon chocolates makes a mean salted carmel.

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    1. re: reiflame

      Do they have a storefront? Their website is not so great. But salted caramels are just what I'm looking for.

      Thank you.

      1. re: tb1478

        No, it's a one-woman local operation. You can usually buy then at the finewine store in Gaithersburg and I think the McLean store stocks them as well.

        I believe the Bradley Deli on the corner of Bradley and Arlington in Bethesda sells them too.

        All of her chocolates are to die for; she uses a very thin chocoate shell that makes them very delicate, which I personally love. The fillings are imaginative and well balanced.

    2. I've always heard of Velati's, but never tried them myself:
      http://www.velatis.com/

      1. There is a large jar of them on the counter at Cowgirl Creamery in Penn Qtr. I think they are french. We got some wonderful ones at Cheesetique in Del Ray.

        1. Balducci's sells Fran's Salted Caramels. They are pricey ($11? for a little box) but, wow, they are outstanding. Also, Crate and Barrel (believe it or not) had good salted caramels at Christmas time, so maybe they'll be back at some point.

          1. Check out Gifford's in Penn Quarter: http://www.giffords.com/. My MIL swears by them.

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              1. re: elegantelliot

                Trader Joes has wonderful sea salt caramels. MMM tdf!

                1. re: beauxgoris

                  I'm going to have to disagree there. The carmels are extremely tough and they're way oversalted. They are pretty cheap though!

            1. We just had some excellent caramels at Artisan Confections in Arlington this past weekend. Comparable to the best i've ever had, and I love caramels. He has a few different varieties.
              http://www.artisanconfections.com/

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              1. re: Adam23

                Thanks! This is great. I didn't even know about any of these places.

                1. re: Adam23

                  I second the recommendation for Artisan. Jason Andelman's chocolates used aren't heavy like most of the ones I've had in this area, so it's nice that I'm getting more caramel for the bite.

                2. I know that my favorite little dessert boutique makes caramels. I tend to lean more towards desserts and especialy cupcakes! But I have tried them and they are awesome! Not to mention real cream and butter are used in their desserts. There is something to be said about small quantities and quality! Check them out or give them a ring , www.sugachef.com .

                  1. I have had good caramels at Arftully Chocolate in Del Ray, but they're expensive.