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goldbeab Aug 10, 2009 06:46 PM

Looking for premium dark chocolate in or around the city. Who's got the best? Either store bought or handmade will do. Any help?

  1. capeanne Aug 10, 2009 07:14 PM

    we get it for everyday at WF and for special ( have a square after dinner) at Sportello ..the dark with sel is amazing

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      fmcoxe6188 Aug 10, 2009 07:46 PM

      Whole Foods has some great bars for sale of dark chocolate...they ALSO sell Lake Champlain chocolatewhich is pretty much out of this world...

    2. voodoocheese Aug 10, 2009 08:29 PM

      L.A. Burdick in Harvard Square, all the way! We have 3.5 ounce bars and 2.2 lb blocks of single source chocolate and Burdick's blend dark chocolate. You can also find wonderful bonbons and fabulous hot chocolate!

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        Velda Mae Aug 11, 2009 04:54 AM

        For eating, Formaggio has an impressive variety. For baking, Marty's in Newton has Valrhona and Callebaut in a variety of cocoa percentages and forms (bars, discs, chips).

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          tsackton Aug 11, 2009 10:55 AM

          Whole Foods has a pretty good selection of dark chocolate (I usually go to the one in Fresh Pond). Cardullo's in Harvard Square imports a lot of high-end European chocolate, although the prices are quite high. L. A. Burdick is a good recommendation as well.

          My current favorite dark chocolate is from Taza chocolate (made in Somerville), which you can get at many farmer's markets and coffeeshops as well as Whole Foods and probably other places (a bit cheaper at the farmer's markets). It is unconched, so it has a much more granular texture than more traditionally produced bars. I really like it, but it is quite different so it may be worthwhile to try a sample at a farmer's market first (I know they go to Harvard University, Davis Sq, Central Sq, Coolidge Corner, and Union Sq, and probably others).

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            Science Chick Aug 11, 2009 11:12 AM

            I have to second (third?) WF. They carry a big selection of Scharffenberger bars, my favorite.

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              BostonZest Aug 11, 2009 01:26 PM

              Have you tried the two new Taza selections-Cacao Puro and Yerba Mate. The Puro is my new favorite. It is so rich and pure.

              Penny
              http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                tsackton Aug 11, 2009 01:28 PM

                I have tried the Cacao Puro, and I agree it is quite good, although my favorite is probably the one with chiles. Haven't tried the yerba mate one yet, will have to look for it.

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              nonaggie Aug 12, 2009 07:47 PM

              For bars, I usually go to Cardullo's in Harvard Square; they often have Michel Cluizel bars, which are one of my favorites. Formaggio also has a good selection of bars, but I've sometimes bought some only to find that they've already become untempered.

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                taterjane Aug 13, 2009 07:01 PM

                I like dark chocolate with nuts in it, and like the Whole Foods brand. Interestingly, I recently tried the Burdick dark chocolate with almonds, and this is the only chocolate bar I've ever had where I can take just a tiny square of it, and am sated. The taste is just so rich that the little bit is enough.

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