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CookingBabs Feb 10, 2009 08:51 AM

Looking for decadent caramels/chocolates, and am tired of the usual places.

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    maggiej Feb 10, 2009 10:28 AM

    Kees or Bespoke for chocolate (see other thread.)
    If you like flavored/filled, I might go with Kees (call ahead for V-Day) but for chocolate truffles, Bespoke.

    I've never tried Roni-Sue in the Essex Market, but I like the burnt-caramel chocolate wafers they sell at Fromagio next door.

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      sammyw111 Feb 10, 2009 10:41 AM

      Bond St. chocolates have diving dark chocolate truffles too. Except the shop is not located on Bond St, which I find a little confusing.

      Maison du Chocolat is fabulous too - second only to Jean Paul Hevin, but Hevin only has stores in Paris and Japan.

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        wew Feb 11, 2009 02:19 PM

        Turtles at Kees - take out the slash, insert an ampersand.

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        evening Feb 10, 2009 01:13 PM

        the milk chocolate pig candy at Roni-Sue's is amazing!!!!

        I am still kicking myself for not starting a caramel au beurre sale importing business after I got back from Paris 2 years ago - you couldnt find them anywhere here...(only the basket place in Chelsea Market had them - marked down because I was the only one buying them) And, suddenly, they're hot!

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          foodwhisperer Feb 10, 2009 01:19 PM

          I like chocolate by the baldman, aka Max Brenner's.
          Ive heard J Torres is ok too
          Im not sure if Lilac on Christopher St is still in business

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            narcisa Feb 10, 2009 01:25 PM

            I love THREE TARTS. It's a cute little shop located on 9th Avenue. All the desserts are very small but they are fresh, pretty, and PURRRRFECTLY DEEEE-LISH! And the prices won't put a whole in your pocket. The staff is friendly and helpful. OHHHHH! OHHHHHHHH! OOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! The truffles are sinfullllll! I've made the same recommendations to my clients and have only had rave reviews yet! Check out their website for more info: www.threetarts.com. If you try it let me know what you think!

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              mcporkbun Feb 10, 2009 04:41 PM

              For chocolates in general, I love Maison du Chocolat. For fun flavored chocolates, I like Jacque Torres. For caramels (sea salt), I prefer the ones at Chocolate Bar. However i'm a dark chocolate fanatic and generally don't like the milk chocolates and white chocolates.

              1. misnatalie Feb 10, 2009 05:32 PM

                I'm a big fan of Roni- Sue and Jacque Torres

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                  orthorunner Feb 10, 2009 10:14 PM

                  Teuscher! Kees are also good, but I would put Teuscher ahead by a hair. Champagne is especially good.

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                    drumwine Feb 10, 2009 10:38 PM

                    agree with orthorunner....Teuscher is king

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                      gutsofsteel Dec 12, 2009 07:41 PM

                      Definitely agree - Teuscher is the best. Flown in from Switzerland weekly.

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                      CookingBabs Feb 12, 2009 10:48 AM

                      Thanks for all of the suggestions. Meanwhile, I tried the creme brulee chocolates at Kees and I thought they were fabulous! Like biting into a soft, creamy vanilla creme brulee dessert.

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                        shivohum Feb 14, 2009 11:18 AM

                        I would say Pierre Marcolini has the best truffles and just extremely high quality--when I went chocolate touring in Belgium, it was one of the very best I found there. I loved Bespoke Chocolates when I went there recently. Kee's is also pretty delicious. If you don't mind a more "American" flavor to your chocolate, I can definitely recommend Mondel's near Columbia - try the almond bark.

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                          mamboqueen Dec 11, 2009 06:23 PM

                          Best caramels - Liddabit Sweets. They are selling at Gifted at 4th and Lafayette until 12/22 or so. Addictive!

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                            CornflakeGirl Dec 12, 2009 04:15 AM

                            mamboqueen, I was just going to mention Liddabit!

                            We got their Beer & Pretzel caramels at New Amsterdam and they were fantastic. Then a couple of weeks ago I picked up their King bar at Gifted. One of the best candies I've ever had! I can't wait to keep trying them. I'm very curious about their Pumpkin Pie bar!

                          2. iFat Dec 12, 2009 11:17 PM

                            i've eaten a lot of chocolate in my day. the Madelaine caramel filled chocolate balls (i think snowmen for the holiday season, apples for fall) are by far and away the best i've ever had. it's not the super lap of luxury, but it's better than anything else on the market. http://madelainechocolate.com/

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                              chocokitty Dec 13, 2009 06:01 AM

                              My favorite chocolates are La Maison du Chocolat (everything is amazing there, even their French macaron cookies), Pierre Marcolini (I don't go there often but I remembered they're gorgeous and delicious), and Kee's Chocolate (I adore their sensuous creme brulee bonbon and I like the exotic flavors sold there).

                              I like Jacques Torres' chocolate (a bit more affordable than the above and fun flavors).

                              Tina
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