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ChowJon99x Mar 31, 2009 05:46 AM

a thread to post your favorite chocolates?

I think my absolute favorite is the Reber Mozart Chocolate


It's a hard dark chocolate shell and chocolate truffle and marzipan inside.



Lindt is another big favorite of mine...

I like their truffles. And well, just about everything by them.

By grandmother had a sister in Zurich. Back in the mid-60's she used to bring me back Lindt from Switzerland. I fell in love back then and haven't fallen out of love since!!!

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    Babyducks RE: ChowJon99x Mar 31, 2009 09:02 AM

    I enjoy a piece of chocolate every day. I think Godiva is way overrated, I would take a Hershey Bar with Almonds any day over Godiva. See's is my favorite, but don't have a store nearby.

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      Janet RE: Babyducks Mar 31, 2009 04:12 PM

      I prefer Hershey also. As for See's they are online and will UPS to you.

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        jbsiegel RE: Janet Jun 25, 2009 03:55 AM

        See's is great. You can go online and make your own custom box and have it shipped. I did this and it came really quickly. A little pricey, but really good!

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      socaljane RE: ChowJon99x Jun 24, 2009 02:12 PM

      I love eating chocolate with Nuts ! Rocher is one of my favorite kinds of chocalate. I also love belgian and swiss chocolate.

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        smartie RE: ChowJon99x Jun 24, 2009 02:29 PM

        give me proper English Cadbury's any day. Nothing beats a Flake.

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          jujuthomas RE: ChowJon99x Jun 25, 2009 08:25 AM

          Dove dark or milk chocolate bites
          Peppermint Rittersport

          1. Pata_Negra RE: ChowJon99x Jul 4, 2009 01:22 PM

            the place where i usually get my 99% cocoa content Lindt choco has stopped stocking it. i'm soooooo gutted because i eat a square with a double [actually triple] espresso x2 everyday. luckily i can still get it in Germany and Belgium.

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              Emmmily RE: Pata_Negra Aug 17, 2009 03:16 PM

              99%? Damn, you're hardcore. Much respect. My favorite is a Hachez 88% dark, or Lindt 85% if I can't find that. The Endangered Species Bat Bar with cacao nibs is pretty good too. Actually, my favorite truffles are the ones my family makes every year at christmas from Callebaut semi-sweet, in flavors from the usual (mint, raspberries, hazelnut) to more interesting (ginger, cayenne/cinnamon, jasmine, and my favorite, mulling spices).

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                Pata_Negra RE: Emmmily Aug 18, 2009 04:47 AM

                yeah it has to be 99%. i've tried 100% [another brand] but i think Lindt is much better. can't eat the stuff with flavours added, and even if it's plain but not 99% i only taste sugar.

                recently i had to resort to a souvenir shop, also sells lots of Lindt, for the 99%, turned out they've only got 1 bar left and are awaiting new delivery. i don't think the ship is coming though. Lindt has probably discontinued shipment of the 99% to where i am.

                eating my only bar with very thick espresso as we speak. i think i'm going to have to order straight from Lindt & Sprüngli on the interweb from now on.


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                westsidegal RE: Pata_Negra Oct 5, 2012 10:45 PM

                i would take some of that chocolate and whirl it around in my daily morning iced-blended mocha so that i'd have chocolate chips/flakes to give the drink and extra zing.

              3. puppymomma RE: socaljane Jul 9, 2009 07:51 AM

                I've spent a ton of money on expensive chocolates. But there are no good chocolatiers near where I live and some of the good ones charge so much for shipping! These days, I'm not willing to spend what amounts to $2.00 per one bonbon.

                Lately I've been enjoying my favorite good ole standbye - plain m&ms. I still like them! I love hershey bars too.

                1. kattyeyes RE: ChowJon99x Aug 17, 2009 05:09 PM

                  Teuscher's - truffles and jewels
                  Jacques Torres - Alize, lovebugs & Wicked hot chocolate!
                  Munson's (CT) - chocolate with creamy peanut butter centers, so delicious and LOCAL!
                  Ethel M's (Las Vegas) - lemon satin cremes
                  Chocopologie (Norwalk, CT) - many special chocolate treats
                  K Chocolatier (Los Angeles) - KBears, KPecan Biskits and truffles

                  1. buttertart RE: ChowJon99x Aug 18, 2009 09:16 AM

                    The best I've ever had came from Bernachon in Lyon. Ineffably wonderful.

                    1. madgreek RE: ChowJon99x Aug 18, 2009 11:14 AM

                      Wal-Mart of all places has a decent dark chocolate that been recently stocked in my area. It is a Costa Rican trinitario chocolate called Hageland. It is made in belgium, and imported to California. It is one of the smoothest dark chocolates I have ever had. It tastes extremely fruity and smokey to me. The price is good too. Just $2.12 for a 3.5 oz bar.

                      I'm not too thrilled about spending my money at Wal-Mart, though recently, I have been happy that they are trying to be a bit more responsible in their business model. More importantly, though I like the taste, I'm a little worried about this bar. I'm not exactly sure who makes it, there is what seems like a purposeful lack of information about the company, and the importing company has an address outside San Fransisco at docks which have a heavy Asian Mafia influence. Maybe I'm crazy, but it just seems suspicious.

                      Tastes good though-lol!

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                        hhc RE: madgreek Jun 13, 2011 02:44 PM

                        I was at Walmart Union City store, CA today & noticed they have the Hageland candy bars. Prices are now $2.28. Costa Rica 71% cocoa; Uganda 80% cocoa; Peru 64% cocoa; Pear & Almonds dark. Didn't buy any.

                        NewTree - $3.97/ea. Flavors they had: Superfruit; Dark; Granola

                        Chuao Chocolate $3.97/ea - Caracas; Panko; Spicy Maya; Firecracker - those are my favorite candy bars.

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                        withaph RE: ChowJon99x Oct 24, 2009 08:20 PM

                        My favorite straight chocolate bar is probably the Valrhona Le Noir Gastronomie. I think the name has changed, but it's the 61% bar. Love it.

                        1. inaplasticcup RE: ChowJon99x Jun 13, 2011 08:21 PM

                          I'm a big fan of Lindt dark with fleur de sel. Right now, we're having some of the Lindt dark with chili.

                          Also a big fan of this brand called Chocolove that I found wandering Whole Foods one day. Rich, creamy, simple.

                          And See's marzipan remains my favorite marzipan chocolate. The marzipan isn't really even proper, is it? But I love it.

                          1. TheHuntress RE: ChowJon99x Jun 14, 2011 04:41 AM

                            My favourite chocolate is a handmade one called 'Love Story' made by a not particularly grand, but decent enough chocolate place near where I live. You can get it in white, milk or dark (dark being 70% and my favourite) and it's shaped as 2 little love hearts and filled with the silkiest Grand Marnier buttercream ever. So gorgeous, so delicious!

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                              chewch RE: ChowJon99x Jun 16, 2011 09:38 AM

                              Mast Brothers. Made in Brooklyn. Not cheap ($8-10/bar) but I don't eat it all the time.

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                                alt. RE: chewch Nov 11, 2011 05:59 PM

                                Just tried a Mast Bros. Madagascar, and am quite unimpressed. Tastes quite bitter, way too much salt, and vastly overpriced. Doesn't compare to Michel Cluizel, available at Zabar's. Even the Scharffenberger (owned by Hershey) at Whole Foods is superior. Anyone tried Tcho from SF?

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                                  quirkydeb RE: alt. Nov 14, 2011 06:36 AM

                                  I really like Michel Cluizel's dark Venezuelan bars. I used to give a rainbow selection of their different origin bars as very pretty gifts to my mom. We would compare all the different locations, and we really loved the Venezuelan one.

                                  Favorite "fancy" chocolate is Leonidas (Marron, Alexandre le Grand, Gianduja, Eve (dark)). I was disappointed by the texture and flavors (and prices) of Teuscher, Neuhaus, La Maison du Chocolat, and Godiva (which all have a distinctive gross taste).

                                  Favorite "eating chocolate" (sadly, I could eat bars and bars of this, right after another) is Hershey's milk chocolate. When I went to school in Ireland for a year (1991-1992), I was DYING for Hershey's (Cadbury was too milky for me, and Yorkies had the worst marketing ("just for boys?" Really!?!)). When my room mate's parents came to visit, I begged them to bring Hershey's bars. They (her parents) were very sweet and did. But which kind? Symphony Bars! Hershey's attempt at a European style bar. Sigh. On the other hand, Dublin was when I first learned about Leonidas, so not a chocolate waste of a year, after all.

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                                    alt. RE: alt. Jul 26, 2012 08:06 AM

                                    Update! Just back from Cape Town, where I found DV Artisanal Chocolates -"from bean to bar". Rivals or surpasses Cluizel for richness and silkiness. Worth checking out their website.

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                                  sandylc RE: ChowJon99x Nov 12, 2011 05:23 PM

                                  I very much like Ghirardelli bittersweet. It isn't sexy or trendy, but the flavor is superior to most. Some of the frou-frou chocolates have a strong moldy taste to me.

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                                    jbsiegel RE: sandylc Nov 13, 2011 11:22 AM

                                    I'm all over the map on chocolate:
                                    Lake Champlain Chocolate
                                    La Maison du Chocolat
                                    Ethel M
                                    Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
                                    Russel Stover

                                    and...those Godiva dessert truffles are REALLY good!

                                  2. DoobieWah RE: ChowJon99x Nov 14, 2011 08:17 AM

                                    My current favorites are the Lindt Truffles.

                                    And as a PSA, Costco now has 50 count bags of mixed, (including peanut butter), for about $10.

                                    $0.20/each is the cheapest I've ever found them.

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                                      jbsiegel RE: DoobieWah Nov 15, 2011 05:44 AM

                                      The peanut butter and stracciatella are the best!

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                                      chocolatetartguy RE: ChowJon99x Nov 14, 2011 07:56 PM

                                      Dagoba - the berry varieties

                                      Anything from Oaxaca.

                                      1. arashall RE: ChowJon99x Nov 15, 2011 09:19 AM

                                        La Iberica, from Arequipa, Peru. Locally made, locally sold, and absolutely amazing in simple little pastilles! Somehow has a fruit and cinnamon note that they swear comes from the beans. No extra flavorings added. Absolutely worth begging friends who are travelling that way to bring back for you!

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                                          Sparklebright RE: ChowJon99x Jul 28, 2012 05:34 PM

                                          Guylian Seashells
                                          Lindt Truffles, especially the dark chocolate truffles.
                                          And Russell Stover makes chocolates that tasted way better than I expected.

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                                            Chowrin RE: ChowJon99x Jul 28, 2012 05:57 PM

                                            dry processed brazillian mogiana.

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                                              buttertart RE: Chowrin Jul 30, 2012 10:11 AM

                                              What is that?

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                                                Chowrin RE: buttertart Jul 30, 2012 06:23 PM

                                                oh, that's brazillian coffee. when fresh made as cappuchino, tastes better than chocolate, with some of the same flavor components -- and more alcohols.

                                                coffee doesn't have the evil slime molds that seem to always infest cacao, so it gets less processing.

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                                              HillJ RE: ChowJon99x Jul 29, 2012 10:21 AM

                                              A real splurge worth every bite.

                                              1. JReichert RE: ChowJon99x Oct 19, 2012 08:39 PM

                                                I like my chocolate in the 40-65% range.

                                                Best time of my life was when we were in Berlin at the Fassbender & Rausch chocolate shop. It was beyond awesome - they had a huge assortment of varying percentages so you can nibble them all to see what you really l liked. Oooohhhh, it was awesome.

                                                I won't eat Hershey's. There are so many good chocolates out there, why in the world would you eat chalky stuff? Personally, I like the massive chocolate bars you can find at Aldi's. I'll go Dove if there's nothing fancier. My mainstay is Ritter Sport bars and when I'm in Chicago I always stop at Fannie May for a Chocolate Almond bar.

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                                                  jbsiegel RE: JReichert Oct 20, 2012 05:28 PM

                                                  I tried ordering some Fannie May online once and was totally underwhelmed. It all LOOKS so good, and they offer some good coupons, but I just didn't love the chocolate. I've never tried the Ritter Sport bars...might have to check those out.

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                                                    JReichert RE: jbsiegel Oct 20, 2012 07:17 PM

                                                    Yeah, I stopped liking the plain chocolate bars a while ago, but I still really like their almond bars and their Mint Meltaways.

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                                                      jbsiegel RE: JReichert Oct 21, 2012 01:02 PM

                                                      Mint Meltaways...you're right about those!

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                                                    Tripeler RE: JReichert Oct 20, 2012 10:28 PM

                                                    I don't think Hershey's is "chalky" at all. I think a better description is "waxy."

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                                                      sandylc RE: Tripeler Oct 21, 2012 12:04 PM

                                                      That is my thought, as well!

                                                  3. lamb_da_calculus RE: ChowJon99x Oct 21, 2012 12:30 PM

                                                    From most to least, I like Ghirardelli 86%, Lindt 90%, and Lindt 85%. To me the Ghirardelli 86% has the strongest "cocoa" flavor, whereas the Lindts have more of a bitter, fruity taste. I've tried some of the more expensive chocolates (the kind you find at Whole Foods) and have usually found them fruitier but not really any better.

                                                    1. Kholvaitar RE: ChowJon99x Aug 23, 2013 10:20 AM


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