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Best Chocolates?

BobMack Aug 7, 2008 03:19 PM

Every year I buy my wife a nice box of local artisan chocolates but this year I'm going to be in Bethesda (home is Los Angeles) until the day before our anniversary.

Where is the best place to buy some nice chocolates/truffles from D.C. or Bethesda. Actually it can be anywhere that is accessible without driving.


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    Jeserf RE: BobMack Aug 7, 2008 04:49 PM

    ACKC in 14th st. Metro to u street, dupont or metro center and walk. its yuuummmyyy

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      Steve RE: BobMack Aug 7, 2008 07:48 PM

      My favorite overall are Leonidas. They have a shop in Georgetwon that receives them fresh every week from Belgium. But not locally made, obviously. Leonidas is most famous for their pralines (in fact, I am convinced there are none better), but they have three other types of chocolate, all excellent: ganches, truffles, and buttercreams.

      The only great locally made chocolates (and this includes Kingsbury chocolates on 14th St.as mentioned above) I've had are from Artisan Chocolates in Arlington, VA. The sea salt caramels are extraordinary,. The others selections are astonishingly beautiful. see link below.

      Another very good local outfit is located on M St. in Georgetown. A fairly new place called Belusa, I think. Pretty creative stuff, high quality, but nothing to knock your socks off.


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        chocolatstiletto RE: BobMack Aug 7, 2008 08:17 PM

        There's also Biagio, which has fabulous stuff. It's on 18th St and an easy walk from the Dupont Metro stop on the red line.

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          Hungry Panda RE: chocolatstiletto Aug 8, 2008 01:58 PM

          I heartily concur with the recommendation for Biagio. They carry a great variety of bars and filled chocolates. They have a locally made line of chocolates produced by "Chocolaterie Wanders" that are absolutely wonderful. I've also enjoyed the chocolates made by "J Chocolatier" and "Christopher's Confections," two additional local chocolatiers. Biagio also carries a selection from Artistic Confections.

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            hill food RE: Hungry Panda Aug 15, 2008 01:19 PM

            OMG a friend shared some of Wanders today - WOW. and while I'm not huge on sweets I do recognize quality. Makes Godiva look like Halloween candy.

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            gatorfoodie RE: chocolatstiletto Aug 15, 2008 05:10 PM

            Hands down, Biagio...Passionate and knowledgeable staff. I love going in there. No matter what kind of mood you're in, you will leave with a smile

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            Jeserf RE: BobMack Aug 8, 2008 05:00 AM

            oh, and for what it's worth, I've purchased chocolates at ACKC as gifts, and they do a lovely job of packaging them up. They also have lots of other chocolate-themed gifts. As a plus, they have a lovely cafe, too, that's worth visiting. I was there the other day - a very hot day - and the lavender lemonade was wonderful.

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              DC Taco RE: BobMack Aug 8, 2008 11:15 AM

              Another vote for Artisan Confections. Small (not much more than an ordering area), local shop with phenomenal looking (and tasting) stuff. My parents just gave us a box for our anniversary and the salted caramel and aged bourbon chocolates were awesome.

              1. ballston01 RE: BobMack Aug 15, 2008 02:20 PM

                Neuhaus, the internationally-respected Belgian chocolatier, has a shop in Union Station, a short distance from the Union Station stop of the Red Line. The offerings there include chocolate truffles freshly airlifted from Belgium. Not exactly from a "local artisan," but still very, very good -- and also very, very expensive

                Neuhaus Chocolate
                50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC

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                  Suemelk RE: BobMack Aug 16, 2008 06:16 AM

                  Krons at Mazza Gallery is good and it is right by the Friendship Heights Metro Station, one stop away from Bethesda.

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                    pgreen RE: BobMack Aug 16, 2008 08:59 AM

                    ChocolateChocolate (http://www.chocolatechocolatedc.com) right at the Farragut North Metro Station (on L Street, near the South East corner of the intersection between Connecticut Ave. and L) has the most amazing chocolate truffels. I believe they are made in California, ironically.

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