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Top-quality imported chocolate squares

Anyplace around here sell those little chocolate squares from Venchi, Michel Cluizel, Valrhona, and the like ? They're readily available online, but I'd be happy to save the shipping charges.

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  1. I've seen the Cluizel squares at Fog City News in the past, but I don't know if they have them currently. I haven't been by lately.

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    1. re: farmersdaughter

      Fog City usually has them. They also usually have the Valrhona, plus Coppeneur, Dolfin and some others. The squares, at least, are in marked containers.

    2. Chocolate Covered in Noe Valley, Bi Rite, and Canyon Market all have decent chocolate selections, much cheaper than Fog City News (and labeled, so you don't have to ask the price).

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      1. re: Windy

        I'll add my vote for Chocolate Covered. Jack Epstein is a trip to schmooze with, compared to the snippy souls at Fog City.

        For some reasons, those little wrapped chocolate squares are often referred to as Napolitans.

      2. Mollie Stone's Tower Market also has a nice selection of fancy chocolate bars and squares.

        1. Mollie Stone's Tower Market in SF also has a nice selection of fancy imported and domestic chocolate bars and squares.

          1. !:20 8/14/08
            Amedei, Cluziel, Valrhona and Pralus tasting squares at Xocolate Solano with larger sizes of some and the very interesting and tasty Kalamatas made there.

            1. Bittersweet in San Francisco sells those and more. I recommend their spicy hot chocolate too if you go there.

              1. Bitterroot has Dolfin, $20 for an assortment of 48.

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                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  That sounds like an amazing bargain. What size are the squares and where is Bitterroot besides Montana.

                  1. re: wolfe

                    Bitterroot's a diner in the Mission, I meant Bittersweet.

                    No bargain, the total weight for 48 pieces is half a pound.

                    Bittersweet Cafe
                    5427 College Ave, Oakland, CA

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      What's more important: IMHO, they aren't very good. I think I've tried most of them, and I find the flavorings to be harsh and not very well integrated with the chocolate.

                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                        I like them, particularly the Earl Grey, cinnamon, and cumin. For straight chocolate, I prefer the Venchi.

                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                          If these are the same ones the price appears fair without having the shipping/handling and the problem with warm weather.

                          1. re: wolfe

                            They're cheaper from chocosphere.com but I'm looking for local alternatives.

                            1. re: Robert Lauriston

                              Have you checked the coffee market on Hopkins? They have a large selection and usually fair prices.

                              1. re: Glencora

                                I did but I didn't see the tasting size in any of the many brands there. And for RL the 48 piece panache collection is 2 24's and more expensive at Cocolate.com. Shipping may also increase due to the pesky warm weather packaging necessary for this time of year. Try Xocolate on Solano and save bridge fare. The squares were about 20 grams and 75 cents to a dollar/piece.

                                1. re: wolfe

                                  The squares I'm looking for are more like 4 grams.

                                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                    ??? Those would be 112 squares to the pound.

                                    1. re: Xiao Yang

                                      48 squares weigh 216 grams. Probably closer to 4 grams a square minus packaging.

                                  2. re: Glencora

                                    Just rechecked and found, must have missed it because of packaging, Lake Champlain chocolate squares 24 pack, each sq. 7.9 grams. There are four flavors and the price for about 9 ounces is ~$16.

                    2. If you're in the Los Gatos area:

                      Los Gatos Gourmet 109 West Main Street
                      (408) 354-5440 has the little Valrhona squares.

                      Joy de Cocoa on 309 North Santa Cruz Ave
                      (408)395-3482 -- I think they have all three that you were asking for in the little square sizes. A lot of the items are in large gift box-type packaging, but you can buy them individually too. Just ask.

                      1. They are always available at the Made in France warehouse sales.

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                        1. re: sanbut

                          What is the "Made in France warehouse sales"? When is it? Where is it?

                          1. re: siulan_99

                            I believe sanbut is referring to a Brisbane company which has an open house for their sales that they announce by Email. They are usually on Fridays and Saturdays. Online catalog at this site.
                            211 South Hill Drive
                            Brisbane, CA 94005-1255

                        2. Michel Cluizel is available at the 4th St. Pasta Shop. Did not look at price or anyhting else.

                          1. Sigona's at the Stanford Shopping Center has Michel Cluizel bars, though maybe not the little squares. As mentioned by others, I've seen bought their stuff along with lots of other great bars at Bittersweet.

                            Michel Cluizel has a chocolate bar in Manhattan. You all have to go there if you get the chance. It's in the back of a store that sells Indian style rugs and other odds and ends. ABC Carpeting or something like that, right off of Union Square. At first, it seems that this place couldn't possibly have the chocolate bar, but it all makes sense after you wander around a bit. Fun spot.

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                            1. re: maigre

                              The Michel Cluizel bar in the ABC Carpet store is at 888 Broadway at 19th St. (and I wonder how business from ABC's was on 08/08/08). You can find it on this excellent chocolate resource for NYC (though they fail to flag Napolitans):