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diesel9738 Jun 25, 2008 05:29 PM

I love chocolate. I have been to many chocolate places all over the world and here in Calgary (Im Korean learning English for few months) and I seriously am craving nice home made like chocolate. I kinda liked Mexx Brenner when I was in NYC. Can anybody recomend? TBut this time not mass produced. I want home made like....
Help~

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    diesel9738 Jul 19, 2008 06:23 PM

    As recommend, I been to several chocolate chops and found that Debra's Artisan Chocolates was the closest to what I expected. Chocolates were the most home made like and it seems like they are made of good beans. I had some talks with the owner, a lady and she is working on the marketing plan of the chocolate business during the summer.
    The chocolates are nicely finished chocolates with coloured cocoa butter designs on some of them. When it comes to taste they will satisfy you.
    I am leaving to the US soon. Thanks for all calgarians who helped our chocolate trip here.

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      kewkc Jun 27, 2008 10:01 PM

      Hello! Not sure if this qualifies as a chocolate place, but London Drugs surprisingly carries Scharffen Berger (a chocolate maker from the US), running for about $5 for a bar.

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      1. re: kewkc
        maplesugar Jun 28, 2008 08:24 AM

        I saw Scharffen Berger at Shopper's Drug Mart yesterday...I have to wonder about whether it's their top shelf stuff. I haven't had the original so I can't buy and compare.

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        yen Jun 26, 2008 08:40 PM

        Kerstin's Chocolates are a great choice. Im looking forward to my chocolate making class with her this weekend!

        For a more local choice, there are Deborah's Artisan Chocolates, which are handmade and sold out of Eclair de Lune (speaking of which, for people missing Manuel Latruwe, this place has some great baked goods. Their mushroom turnover was phenomenal, their chocolate croissant/pan de chocolate was awesome, and a jamon y queso bun, that was great too...). I got to sample a bunch of "regular" chocolate, which was made with Caocao Barry/Barry Callebaut with a wide variety of fillings, and some "noble chocolate", which, like Peter v mentioned, was usually single origin from a wide variety of terroirs. It's been interesting learning about chocolate and finding the similarities to coffee (and how little i know about both!).

        In terms of Les Truffles, i've heard they've sold out to Olivier's. Does anyone have confirmation on this?

        Hope that helps diesel.

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          diesel9738 Jun 26, 2008 09:56 PM

          Thank you all. Now, I have several places on my list finally. I will be busier stopping by your recommendations one by one. Already getting excited.

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            maplesugar Jun 26, 2008 10:21 PM

            Interesting I thought Les Truffles might be expanding because I had a sample of a bar by Les Truffles when I was at Planet Organic a few weeks ago. But then maybe they've sold the retail biz and are going to start marketing through grocery stores instead? Anyone have info?

            Thanks for the info about Eclair de Lune especially since ML's reopening has apparently been further delayed. Is Deborah's Artisan Chocolates the one a CHer was starting up? debkassy if I remember correctly?

            For anyone else who's interested, I found Eclair de Lune's address: 1049 40th Av NW looks like its in Cambrian Heights/Highwood area just east of Northmount Drive. :)

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              yen Jun 27, 2008 01:22 AM

              Just guessing here, but maybe he needed help with his distribution (and thus, why you're seeing more direct distribution)? Who knows...

              Eclair de Lune was surprisingly good. Im probably not the pickiest pastry eater, but the pastry was flaky, the fillings really tasty, and everything was flavourful and good. They also had free samples of the Deborah Artisan Chocolates at the counter - i love free samples :)

              I believe she was the CH who posted earlier.. though i havent seen any posts lately.

              And sorry about the address MS - i gotta get a bit better at that :)

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                maplesugar Jun 27, 2008 01:16 PM

                No worries yen, took me all of 2.5 seconds to find it on google. btw 2:22am? do you ever sleep? ;)

                I found some interesting info about Les Truffles/Oliviers there was a merger - the link to the press release is on the Olivier's website http://www.oliviers.ca/ or just click here: http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release....

                The bar I sampled at Planet O(that I couldn't remember the name of before) was "O Trois"(or in English "O Three") their organic bar fortified with Omega 3. I can think of worse ways to get omega three but I dunno that I'm buying in to it as "healthy" maybe just a treat with side benefits heh.

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                  yen Jun 27, 2008 02:00 PM

                  Not for the past two months. Work has been crazy busy, thus the significant decrease in posts. It's winding down a bit, and i should be back to normal come July 7th, so im looking forward to being a bit more active again :)

                  Great info on the merger. Thanks for digging that up!

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                    maplesugar Jun 27, 2008 02:19 PM

                    Ah I was wondering why we were seeing less of you around here. Good to hear things are quieting down...of course I'm curious about the significance of July 7th but that's probably OT...

                    The Olivier/Les Truffles press release made for interesting reading...it's not often I can say that heh the City ones are usually rather dull. :)

              2. re: maplesugar
                AriaDream Jun 28, 2008 02:48 PM

                Do you happen to know Eclair's hours? I'm trying to find it online, but no luck.

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                  maplesugar Jun 28, 2008 03:07 PM

                  Sorry no, their hours aren't anywhere online or on their voicemail so I'd call before heading over: 403-398-8803

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                    yen Jun 29, 2008 10:22 AM

                    8am-5pm, Wednesday-Sunday.
                    They are temporarily closed on Tuesdays...

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                      maplesugar Jun 29, 2008 10:29 AM

                      Thanks yen, Thanks whackamole...dunno how it is I couldn't find the hours.

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                      whackamole Jun 29, 2008 10:24 AM

                      Their hours are Wed - Sun 8 am to 5 pm.
                      They are temporarily closed Tuesdays until things pick up I assume.

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                  aktivistin Jun 26, 2008 06:52 PM

                  Les Truffes in Bankers Hall has pricey but delicious truffles and smaller bars (dark, milk, with nuts).

                  1. peter.v Jun 26, 2008 02:13 PM

                    You two beat me to it! Despite what some people may think on this board, I absolutely adore Bernard Callebaut. I have not found another chocolatier with flavours as fresh and varied as his work. Go to the main shop downtown for the freshest.

                    For non-confection type chocolates, I have really enjoyed the Coppeneur bars. They are quite expensive, but the quality is top notch. I get mine at the Cookbook Co. There are some other great chocolate bars available at Cookbook, but their names escape me. Expect to pay between $6 and $12 for 100g.

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                    1. re: peter.v
                      maplesugar Jun 26, 2008 02:47 PM

                      Would those other bars at Cookbook Co. be Chocophilia?(they have so many varieties) My personal fave is the Chocofleur http://www.kerstinschocolates.com/ind...

                      1. re: maplesugar
                        peter.v Jun 26, 2008 02:59 PM

                        No actually! I'm pretty sure it was a French fellow... Michel... Michael? Maybe?

                        I've heard good things about Kerstins. Does the Cookbook Co. sell them? I'll have to walk down there sometime...

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                          peter.v Jun 26, 2008 03:02 PM

                          I should have googled before posting. The other bars I've had from them were Michel Cluizel, which are fantastic. Single Plantation bars were what I've had before. They are at least $10, but so tasty. I love trying to eke out origin nuances in chocolate almost as much as I do with chocolate.

                          Hopefully you'll like some of these Diesel! Welcome to Calgary!

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                            maplesugar Jun 26, 2008 10:13 PM

                            Yes Cookbook Co. carries Chocophilia...last time I picked one up they were by the checkout. Next time I'm there I'll have to look for the Cluizel.

                      2. John Manzo Jun 25, 2008 07:18 PM

                        anyeong hazeo, diesel, welcome to Calgary!

                        A good place to start is Bernard Callebaut, which is all over town.

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                          diesel9738 Jun 26, 2008 09:58 PM

                          Haha.. Thank you for your greeting in Korean.
                          An Nyung Ha Se Yo!!!!

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