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Best Chocolatier in the world that mailorders

offthebeatenpath1 May 1, 2008 01:42 PM

I live in manhattan and need to buy a gift (really a gift to accompany a larger gift) for someone and wanted to get really great chocolates, macarons or madelaines by mailorder from someplace in France or any other suggested countries. I know there are plenty of places in Manhattan, but the person I am buying for is a bit of a francophile and I wanted something more authentic. Maybe Montreal might be a better bet for shipping?


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    Lucia RE: offthebeatenpath1 May 1, 2008 01:54 PM

    Pierre Marcolini is great: http://www.marcolini.be/EN/accueil.html. I wasn't finding mailorder on the website, but they have an outpost in Manhattan.

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    1. re: Lucia
      David Kahn RE: Lucia May 2, 2008 02:47 PM

      The only way I've ever been able to get PM stuff (which I agree is excellent) is to call the boutique in NY and order over the phone.

    2. David Kahn RE: offthebeatenpath1 May 2, 2008 02:43 PM

      There are many excellent French chocolatiers that will ship their products. Keep in mind, however, that most of these things are made with fresh cream and other perishables, so they can't spend too long in shipping and need to be kept cool or they will spoil. My favorite of the French chocolatiers is Puy Ricard (http://www.puyricard.fr/gb/menu.htm ), but Maison du Chocolate (http://www.lamaisonduchocolat.com/en/ ) is probably the biggest and best known.

      European chocolatiers in the US include Leonidas (Belgium, not France) which is very good (http://www.leonidas-chocolate.com/ind...), and Teuscher (Swiss): http://www.teuscher-bh.com/ . The champagne truffles at Teuscher are extraordinary, and they have very pretty gift boxes.

      Finally, there are chocolatiers in the U.S. that are (at least in my opinion) every bit as good as their European counterparts. Two of my favorites are LA Burdick (http://www.burdickchocolate.com/ ) and Max Brenner (https://shop.maxbrenner.com/index.aspx ), which, oddly enough, has a couple of shops in NY.

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        the5thbeatle RE: David Kahn May 2, 2008 04:00 PM

        La Maison du Chocolat French chocolatier has stores in both NY,and also in France. They are the "end-all-and-be-all" of upscale Chocolatier's!
        La Maison ships the chocolates from France several times a week -and they are handmade with zero "junk" added (no fillers and portions of WAX) .


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          chow_gal RE: David Kahn Jun 23, 2010 01:30 PM

          Max Brenner is not even in the same category of those you mention and those mentioned in this thread. I am surprised you've included it. 3rd rate chocolate.

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          Erika L RE: offthebeatenpath1 May 2, 2008 08:55 PM

          If you aren't completely wedded to the idea of French chocolate, check out Fran's http://www.franschocolates.com They do dark and milk chocolate-dipped caramels sprinkled with sea salt that are spectacular--she was one of the first to market this combo. The NYTimes has written about them:
          I can also personally attest to most of their other products, too--love the Gold Bars, Coconut Gold, and double-chocolate figs (stuffed with ganache and then dunked in dark chocolate).

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            HillJ RE: Erika L May 3, 2008 10:57 AM

            The double choc dipped figs by Frans Choc are almost too good! Lovely company.

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            BORNE RE: offthebeatenpath1 May 3, 2008 06:41 AM

            You can order on line at www.marcolinichocolatier.com and then click on-line shopping after you enter the site.

            1. CaviarAndCodfish RE: offthebeatenpath1 May 3, 2008 02:44 PM

              Are your friends really into chocolate? If so, my favorite is Michel Cluizel http://www.cluizel.com/ Their "bon-bons" are FANTASTIC... there's a hazelnut chocolate filled one that's just to die for. I think you can order from new york.

              1. HungryRubia RE: offthebeatenpath1 May 3, 2008 05:56 PM

                I'm a big fan of Recchiuti chocolates in San Francisco. However, their shipping is expensive because the send everything 2 day air. It's worth it if it's for a special gift. Luckily I have a friend who travels to SF about once a month and he can replenish my stash.

                1. emily RE: offthebeatenpath1 May 4, 2008 06:11 AM

                  I don't know about best in the world, but if you really want to send them *from* France, there is zchocolate.com. It's a flat $20 shipping fee to the US for any amount. They select chocolates from four artisan chocolatiers in France.

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                    rycore RE: offthebeatenpath1 Apr 29, 2010 02:48 PM

                    Byrne and Carlson Chocolatier's in New Hampshire do mail order..their work is exquisite...
                    google them.

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                      jester99 RE: offthebeatenpath1 Jun 23, 2010 02:07 PM

                      chocosphere.com has many chocolate makers including ones from france like Valrhona and amendi which is italian. Ships from Oregon i believe and ships with a cold packs to prevent melting.

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