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Nunu Chocolate on Atlantic Avenue: how is it?

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BklnChicken Jun 24, 2009 07:12 AM

Anybody tried it? Tasty? From their website, it looks like salty caramel is their specialty.

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    thecurdnerd Jul 7, 2009 08:45 AM

    I'm not sure if the purpose of this chain is to complain about not getting free stuff (even though they have had samples out every time I've been), but I'll certainly talk about the chocolates. I was surprised by how much I liked the Absinthe truffles. They have a really distinct anise flavor that blends with the chocolate nicely.

    I've actually paired them with several types of cheese and found some great match ups. (See http://www.seriouseats.com/2009/02/se...) The salt caramels are also a house favorite. There's a bit of nuttiness to the caramel and the salt brings out a great savory side. I've read that they do a chocolate covered bacon, which sounds interesting, but I haven't tried that.

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      Tay Jul 7, 2009 02:30 PM

      "I'm not sure if the purpose of this chain is to complain about not getting free stuff (even though they have had samples out every time I've been),"

      Clearly the intent of this thread was not to complain about getting/not getting 'free stuff' and there were no samples offered/displayed during my visit.

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        artichokeheart Jul 7, 2009 02:47 PM

        I just worked with Justin Pringle on some bridal shower favors for my sister. I wanted to support a local business in Brooklyn, and I also liked that she gets her beans from a sustainable farm in Columbia. All I can say is that Nunu chocolates did a great job--they were very accommodating, they came up with a great design for the favor box, and the chocolates were loved by all. I really like the salt caramels, and the earl grey ganache is also quite lovely. I think they planning to build a beer and wine bar soon; I am looking forward to it.

        http://artichokeheart.wordpress.com

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          brooklynlady Jul 10, 2009 07:50 AM

          Tay, I've read the thread and have noticed that you've posted six times and not one of them has been about the chocolate. You even say, "Clearly the intent of this thread was not to complain about getting/not getting 'free stuff' and there were no samples offered/displayed during my visit." This sentence is a direct contradiction of itself and seems to indicate that you for whatever reason have an axe to grind (we know, we know, you didn't see any samples the one time you have been there). Someone like thecurdnerd seems to simply be trying to return the focus to discussing the chocolate. Have you even tried it?

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            Tay Jul 11, 2009 07:19 AM

            brooklynlady
            Uh oh! Sounds someone's a little cranky... (And I believe it was 7 postings but who's counting?)
            As for the chocolates, If you read my initial posting,, you'll see that i agreed with the review of brooklynsabra.
            I have no axe to grind nor are my postings contradictory. It wasn't about getting something for nothing. It was about customer service and some posters not understanding that or being made to feel apologetic about requesting/expecting samples of the product. The thread just meandered (as many threads often do) and morphed into a discussion of sampling/customer service, etc.
            While I applaud your initial posting, what I found unfortunate was that your excellent review of the chocolate was marred by your last exaggerated, uncalled for comment .to another poster .
            As for whether or not I've tried their chocolate. I'd respond but then we'd be back to no available samples and I wouldn't want you to get yourself in a tizzy.
            Again. :-)

      2. plum Jun 27, 2009 06:31 AM

        I have never been to the Nunu shop on Atlantic, but I did buy a box of 4 dark chocolate absinthe truffles from a Manhattan wine shop called Crush (on 57th between 3rd & Lex). They were not cheap ($8 for 4 pieces) but they were just the thing later that evening at an absinthe tasting. The truffles themselves had a very geodesic dome type outer shell of dark chocolate. They looked smart and tasted very dark, with a subtle and lovely herbal/anise flavour.

        I'd give Nunu's other chocolates a chance the next time I am down on Atlantic Ave. Good to hear they'll soon be offering single pieces for sale!

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          Tay Jun 27, 2009 08:24 AM

          I'm a bit surprised that so many Posters sound almost apologetic about asking for/expecting a sample of what the store sells.. It's not about trying to 'get something for nothing' It's taste testing an open product before making a purchase. No one should be made to feel uncomfortable or guilty. Does anyone feel uncomfortable about asking for lemon or lime slices in their water? Those items also have a cost to the owner of a restaurant. I'm sure if there was a charge on the check customers would be indignant.
          I think some people may be intimidated by the whole "Hand crafted" vibe. That's really unfortunate.
          Just to note, I did not see any samples while there and none were offered.

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          maddiemonk Jun 24, 2009 03:59 PM

          I live in the neighborhood and my husband went in one Saturday because I was looking to buy some porfessional gifts aka chocolates. I normally go to Lilac in the West Village but wanted to support our local neighborhood business. I asked the owner who was working that day if I could sample a peice of the chocolate because I had never had it. I was prepared to buy 6 gift boxes of chocolates. The owner told me that it was not possible. She told me that I had no idea how much time went into handcrafting each piece. Needless to say, I walked out and will NEVER return there again. It would have been different perhaps if the chocolate was flying off the shelves and she was unable to "break open a box" because of that. This was not the case. I recently noticed that they were applying for a liquor license. They need to do something in order to keep paying their rent. Can you tell that this situation still annoys me? yup!

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            Brigita Jun 25, 2009 08:16 AM

            Maddiemonk - I'd probably have the same reaction. I also like to support local business, but to scold a potential bulk customer (with many happy returns if they were good) and deny them a sample doesn't seem worth the one box open, craftmanship or not.

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              Tay Jun 25, 2009 09:09 AM

              "She told me that I had no idea how much time went into handcrafting each piece. Needless to say, I walked out and will NEVER return there again"
              I would have been tempted to tell her she had no idea how much time went into earning the salary to purchase her overpriced chocolates but you did the right thing by letting your feet do the talking. With that attitude she probably won't be around too long.

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                BklnChicken Jun 25, 2009 05:55 PM

                Well, I can see that she can't afford free samples, but doesn't pretty much every chocolate place sell single pieces of chocolate? I'd have been happy to pay for one or two, but not four.

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                  Tay Jun 26, 2009 09:52 AM

                  BklnChicken
                  "Well, I can see that she can't afford free samples"
                  Of course she can!..... From my other posting:
                  "All the Owner has to do is offer non decorated samples for the taste and not the labor intensive decorative finished product.
                  Bakeries often cut up cakes that are 'broken' /damaged and offer pieces as samplers"

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                ManhattanPete Jun 26, 2009 07:37 AM

                Maddie, don't take this the wrong way, but this totally reminds me of when my grandma took me to See's Candies in Reseda in LA when I was a kid. They had a little tray of samples, and she went to town on them. What she didn't eat, she wrapped into napkins and put into her purse (trying to be sly while doing it). When the sales person lightly suggested she might wish to purchase an assortment, she puffed up and said, "I *was* going to buy a big box, but now I'm never coming back!" and left. Of course, next time we'd visit, we'd go back and she'd chow-down on the samples.

                Also, we dreaded eating out with her because it was traditional at the end of every meal that she would complain to the manager, trying to get a discount. Offers of hosting wedding rehersal dinners and bar/bat mitzvahs for a large family were dangled if a fair discount for the horrible problems (slow service, drafty, noisy, cold food, coffee too hot, etc) was offered.

                Sorry, but your story just made me cringe when I read it!

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                  Tay Jun 26, 2009 09:47 AM

                  ManhattanPete
                  "They had a little tray of samples, and she went to town on them. What she didn't eat, she wrapped into napkins and put into her purse (trying to be sly while doing it). "

                  Comparing Maddie's experience to that of an ill mannered Grandmother is an apples and oranges comparison. All the Owner has to do is offer non decorated samples for the taste and not the labor intensive decorative finished product.
                  Bakeries often cut up cakes that are 'broken' /damaged and offer pieces as samplers. It's a very smart way to introduce potential customers to a variety of offerings,
                  It's just a bad business practice to alienate acustomers by making them feel uncomfortable. about asking for a sample of the product being sold.

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                    BklnChicken Jun 26, 2009 01:30 PM

                    In fairness, she did have free samples of the chocolate -- little bits in a cup.

                    Anywho, if anyone else actually eats the chocolates, let us know how they are!

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                      Pixlicious Jun 26, 2009 03:45 PM

                      I'm a huge fan of Nunu Chocolates. The salt caramels are heaven and I'm generally not even a caramel lover. The owner, Justine, told me that they're getting a refrigerated display in the next couple of months that will allow them to display and sell single chocolates.The single chocolates will be for sale, not for free. As BklnChicken mentioned, there are usually samples of the chocolate on the counter.

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                      ManhattanPete Jun 26, 2009 04:01 PM

                      When I hear my grandmother describe her run-ins with stores and restaurants (which she -loves- to replay because she's so steamed), it always sounds very reasonable. "I just wanted a taste and they yanked the tray away and gave me a dirty look." or "Should I have to put up with having my chair bumped over and over by the busboys ruining my dinner?"

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                      bklynbiker Jun 29, 2009 08:37 PM

                      M-Pete, your nanna's story, while amusing, was in NO WAY comparable to what this woman described. Anyone can see that ...

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                        Brklynbobby Jun 30, 2009 05:54 AM

                        Pete, I have a similar story. Years ago, I worked in a restaurant in Florida that had happy hour $.99 drinks from Monday to Thursday. There was also a happy hour buffet in the bar (cheese, fruit, crackers, veggies, etc.). The old folks (which we know Florida is full of) would come in, buy a $.99 drink, tip the waitress a quarter and then pig out on the buffet. The old ladies would have plastic bags in their purses which they would then proceed to fill with the buffet goodies. None of them stayed for a second drink. Also, none of the cocktail waitresses stayed for more than two weeks.

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                        bklynbiker Jun 29, 2009 08:36 PM

                        Maddie - i cant tell you how many times i've 'wanted to support the local neighborhood business' like you, and had similar experiences to your's (not at nunu , but other places whether bookstores or hardware stores), with better service at generally lame places like home depot or barnes and noble! just amazing ...

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                          brooklynlady Jul 7, 2009 04:42 PM

                          I've had Nunu Chocolates at the Brooklyn Flea and have since gone to their store many times also. I'm addicted to the chocolate covered graham crackers (although it would be nice if they sold them in smaller sizes - the person working did say that they are doing renovations soon and will start selling things by the piece as well). Yes, it's always good to support a local business, but the main reason we keep going back is because we love the chocolate - I think the salt caramels are the best out there. One of the flavors that I tried recently was the Earl Grey, which went really well with a bottle of red wine from Argentina that we had later that night at a dinner party. As a side note, they did have samples. There's no neon sign pointing them out or anything, but it's right there on the counter. I even got to sample some of the nibs because they had an open bag. Maddiemonk, I've never been to a chocolate shop that you can just walk in and demand free samples of any product they have on the shelf. Maybe you should try Hershey, PA???

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                            Tay Jul 8, 2009 08:38 AM

                            brooklyn'lady'
                            "Maddiemonk, I've never been to a chocolate shop that you can just walk in and demand free samples of any product they have on the shelf. Maybe you should try Hershey, PA??
                            Your inaccurate posting is a clear indication that you obviously didn't read the thread.You might want to do so before you post again.

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                          brooklynsabra Jun 24, 2009 10:20 AM

                          i tried the fleur de sel chocolate covered caramels and in all honesty, do not recall either loving them or hating them--i do recall expecting more given the cost, and that the caramel didn't have enough buttery flavor, though the chocolate was good. maybe i'm no connoisseur though--since i am pretty happy with the salted chocolate covered caramels they've been selling around christmas at trader joe's every year.

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                            Tay Jun 24, 2009 12:01 PM

                            brooklynsabra
                            I agree with you on all points. :-)

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                              BklnChicken Jun 24, 2009 01:01 PM

                              I went this afternoon and tried one of the signature fleur de sel caramels. They were good but not stunningly great. When you bite into one, there is an intense salt flavor from the salt sprinkled on top, the chocolate has a good texture if not a strong flavor, and the caramel has a great texture (delightfully soft, not hard at all) but also not a strong flavor. I was hoping for more of a strong flavor contrast.

                              And, alas, you cannot buy them singly. I had to buy a box of four to sample one. I would have loved to sample more flavors (the organic raspberry was tempting) but was unwilling to buy another box of four.

                              If you are a chocolate conniseur, though, please give them a try. The website (www.nunuchocolates.com) lists several outlets in addition to the flagship store on Atlantic Avenue. It's a local business!

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                                wew Jul 11, 2009 04:24 PM

                                "And, alas, you cannot buy them singly. I had to buy a box of four to sample one."
                                Nunu can be bought one piece at a time at Biercraft and other locations.

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