Best Bay Area Chocolatier with mail order line?
I am thinking ahead to Easter and want to send some local chocolate to French friends in Bordeaux. Previously I've brought them Lyla's chocolates from Mill Valley where I live--which they loved. But, alas, Lyla's is no more. Any suggestions for local chocolate to with which to impress the French? I don't want to spend more than $50 for the chocolate and the mailing, so some of the really high end places (which seem to be French anyway) are out.
Try XoX Truffles and see what their prices are. The chocolates are great. They need to be kept cool, though.
754 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
I work across the street from Xocolate Bar and frequent them about once a week for a nibble. I personally like their stuff and they release new items fairly regularly for holidays and events or because they want to. Their dark chocolate is good and they have some wonderful moulds that create some great designs (think chocolate relief sculptures). my favorite is still their kalamata olive carmel.
they have a guiness chocolate coming out this week to celebrate St. Patty's. I was planning on picking up a few dozen for a party I'm going to.
The Xocolate Bar
1709 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707
My first thought was Recchuiti, but I think it would be hard to do anything nice for under $50 shipped to France.
I would call Barlovento -- they do lovely chocolates and they do some flavors that are very Bay Area (the Meyer lemon is amazing).
638 2nd St, Oakland, Ca 94607
My favorite by far is Poco dolce:
They have truffles and tiles. The tiles are just amazing. I can’t say enough good things about them. Very well balanced, perfect texture, not too sweet and with a very satisfying rich chocolate flavor. My favorite flavor is the Aztec Chile. The warmth of the chile perfectly complements the chocolate. I always have a supply of them at my house. Everyone I give them to loves them. They are pricy but worth it.