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xococava anyone tried their chocolates?

Janine Apr 9, 2009 12:21 PM

Just wondering if I should go there for Easter chocolates or is it just a truffle place and if so, are the truffles good? I had read in earlier posts that he has some strange combinations and wondered if he had some unusual combinations that worked? I remember thinking JS Bonbons had some strange combinations too..like the lavendar. My sister always said it reminded her of eating soap. Thx.

  1. Ediblethoughts Apr 9, 2009 12:31 PM

    I've never tried the truffles (because I don't really like atypical chocolate fillings--and I'm agreeing with your sister on floral chocolate---if I wanted soap, I'd buy it). I have tried the dark-chocolate-covered orange rind and it's really good.

    1. estufarian Apr 9, 2009 12:54 PM

      They have about 24 flavours. I bought some for AmuseGirl for Valentine's Day (and some from other places too). The Xococava were her favourite this year - although, to be fair, she really used to like JS Bonbons too.
      She particularly liked the texture - which was a little firmer at Xococava than some others.

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        Arcadiaseeker Apr 9, 2009 01:59 PM

        Those are the ones from Cava right? If so, my two cents: I am a candy freak and eat way too much of the stuff and I felt those chocolates were pretty gross. Aside from the odd not-tasty combos (I had a box selection to sample from), I found the actual chocolate they used to be kind of waxy which was surprising (waxy a la cheap chocolate bar chocolate). Now, although they were not to my taste, I did open up the box at a dinner party and eating them was a bit of a novelty and sparked conversation among the guests (always a good thing). The down side -- no one liked them. I really wanted to like them but alas no dice.

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          Wino In Training Apr 9, 2009 09:19 PM

          My wife and I have been trying various truffles of theirs for the last few weeks (she picks them up when taking our son home from his play group). We've tried the chorizo, black trumpet mushroom, grappa & cherry, salted caramel, masala chai, szechuan peppercorn truffles so far. The chorizo was amazing; it's not actually made with chorizo but with pork fat & smoked paprika (as far as I understand). The salted caramel is a very intense version of a classic. The masala chai was interesting, as was the peppercorn.

          We have been finding the dark chocolate to be quite intense, regardless of the filling. Yummy stuff.

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          1. re: Wino In Training
            pinstripeprincess Apr 10, 2009 11:57 AM

            i hear he's now doing a tuffle honey truffle... has your wife picked up this one yet? i'd be curious to see if the flavour comes through enough and how it marries with the chocolate.

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              Wino In Training Apr 10, 2009 10:27 PM

              Haven't had that one yet.... I'll have to mention it to the wife!!!

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            wickalicious Apr 10, 2009 09:07 AM

            I got a little gift box of the truffles at christmas. I really liked the salted caramel and the lemon, the olive oil one wasn't bad but i prefer soma's. the only real miss for me was the black trumpet mushroom...i didn't find the chocolate and mushroom flavours particularly complementary.

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              and Apr 14, 2009 06:17 PM

              i really don't like xococava, the worst was their tiramisu, i couldn't finish it!!!!
              a nice place for chocolate is soma at the distillery.

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                Janine Sep 19, 2009 12:49 PM

                I finally got to try them as I had to see for myself if they were that bad or that good...as I have read good things about them. I asked what their chocolate source was and it's Bernard Callebaut so that's decent chocolate (JS bonbons used the same when she was around).
                I did love the salted caramel and the raspberry and chai. A friend told me the chocolate isn't as good as Soma's, obviously, but the fillings are intense. I agree, you don't need to see the label to figure out what they are, the fillings are so intense, the raspberry filling in the white chocolate was so raspberry...it was very good. I didn't try the spanish flavours so I can't comment on the chorizo chocolate.
                My main complaint would be there wasn't enough dark chocolate selections as I love dark.
                I also had their dark chocolate covered orange rind (really good) and I don't usually like orange and chocolate but I couldn't stop eating them. And they were especially good with the chocolate sorbet. Very tasty, reminded me of the chocolate sorbet from Gelato Fresco, Toscano Black which you can only get on special order.
                Definitely worth a 2nd visit and I will save room for ice cream or sorbet again.

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