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May 3, 2009 05:25 PM

Chocolate in Charlotte

A chocolate connoisseur friend of mine is visiting Charlotte, soon. One of the things she likes is chocolate, but she has very high standards. She is not expecting to find Kee's or Jacques Torres in Charlotte but those are probably her lodestars. Is there a particularly good place for chocolate in Charlotte? Chocolate baked goods, chocolate truffles or candies, chocolate ice cream, hot chocolate, etc. --- what has Charlotte got to offer? Thanks!

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  1. I love the chocolate bread pudding at Commonhouse and the chocolate fondue at Pietown. Also, there is a chocolatier in Davidson that is very good, and one in Charlotte that I haven't tried:

    1. I don't know of any brick and mortar retailer that specializes in chocolate. But the secret choclatier looks good as well.

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      1. re: pinogirl14

        Thanks for the recommendation. Charlotte is still very artisan shy but I think that's going to change over the next few years as everyone looks inwards for things to bring into the community. My family is behind The Secret Chocolatier and we have been working the local markets for the past year and would love a brick & mortar once we have enough momentum. For anyone who is touring through the area on a Saturday or Tuesday there are a number of friendly markets that would love to see some out of towners.

        You can find us at the regional NCDA market of Yorkmont, Matthews Farmers Market, and Tailgate markets.

        There is a choclatier north of the city and south in Ft. Mill. There's another very artistic chocolate maker working her way up but the name escapes me this morning.

        Bosky like mentioned a fantastic goat cheese maker has begun to work their magic on truffles and some caramels.

        Again thanks for the mention and we hope to see some new faces around, or supporting anyones local endeavors!

        1. re: ciordia9

          Another recommendation for the Secret Chocolatier. Excellent.

      2. Ooooh, I've got the perfect suggestion! Not sure if you are familiar with Bosky Acres but it is a local family that raises dairy goats (Waxhaw). With that milk they make some of the finest goat cheese I've ever tasted. AND with that goat cheese they make beautiful chocolate truffles! They blended the goat cheese with Belgian chocolate and a few other ingredients and top the truffles w/ fleur de sel and crushed toasted hazelnuts. They are out of this world delicious. Several local high end purveyors sell them including Dean & DeLuca Phillips Place. I think Earthfare does also.

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        1. re: lynnlato

          This sounds really interesting. There used to be a goat farm in VA called Rucker Farm that would serve samples of its goat cheese on pieces of chocolate. It is a surprisingly winning combination.

        2. What about Rocky Mountain Chocalate Factory at Concord Mills (across from T J Maxx)? Then you can have fun shopping in the mall afterward.

          1. I recommend the Secret Chocolatier as well!