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Looking for a good chocolatiere

anonymoose Sep 22, 2009 09:56 AM

I have a friend that has recently moved and is going through chocolate withdrawal. She's used to buying very good quality chocolate from a Belgian chocolatiere and I would love to surprise her with some chocolates from a place that is nearby.

Can anyone recommend any places in the Greenville area? Or perhaps even in Charleston or Atlanta? Or is Godiva my best bet? Thank you in advance!

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    cackalackie Dec 16, 2009 03:55 AM

    This place in Raleigh is great!

    http://www.escazuchocolates.com/

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      BooCakes Jan 25, 2012 08:54 PM

      Has anyone tried Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co.? Is that any good?

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        teemo Mar 17, 2012 05:28 PM

        Recently tried Cacao Atlanta and was very disappointed. I got a box of 8 truffles ($24.50), and the only good one was the nougat. The chocolate itself is very dark and tastes good, but the truffle fillings were not good at all. Most of them had flavors that I thought would be exciting, but the actual chocolates all fell flat of the flavors they were supposed to be. The worst were the "pralines"...these didn't just disappoint, they were actually BAD. The texture was grainy (almost entirely granular sugar), and completely missing the nut flavor.

        I did purchase 2 chocolate bars ($8 each) which I gifted to a friend. She said she really liked them. I think if one is going to try Cacao Atlanta, the bars would be the way to go (since the chocolate itself is pretty good). Considering how pricey their stuff is, just stay away from the truffles!

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        chazzer Jan 26, 2012 05:45 AM

        I find escazu to be more American chocolates then a Belgian chocolate. The difference is that they have a butter flavor. Their chocolate bars are very good.

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        EmBrooks Dec 14, 2009 10:11 AM

        Luca's Belgian Chocolates in Charleston, SC is wonderful.

        73 State Street
        Charleston, SC 29401-2067
        (843) 722-0461

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          Milt Dec 14, 2009 12:08 PM

          Another worth your consideration is in NE Cobb County (suburban Atlanta):

          http://www.chocolatejewels.com/

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            atlfoodmuse Dec 15, 2009 09:05 PM

            I disagree. Chocolate Jewels is pretty much Walmart quality.

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          TLF Dec 13, 2009 10:28 AM

          You can order online from The Cocoa Tree in Nashville:
          http://store.thecocoatree.com/

          There is also a newer company, Olive & Sinclair: http://oliveandsinclair.blogspot.com/. I haven't tried their product, but they roast their own beans, etc. They don't have an online store that I can see, but there's an email link on the blog where you can inquire about ordering.

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            atlfoodmuse Dec 15, 2009 08:55 PM

            Olive & Sinclair is not very high quality.

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            atlfoodmuse Dec 12, 2009 08:59 PM

            North of Atlanta in Alpharetta I think (or maybe Cumming), there is a place called "The Chocolaterie". Found this place last summer when my boyfriend and I went to the same shopping center to see a movie. Absolutely without a doubt this is the most incredible chocolate shop I have ever seen in my life. And I mean incredible. Their chocolate truffles are painted or something and look more like artwork. They make so many that you will almost definitely find something you like. We loved the spicy ones (habanero, ancho chili pepper, cayenne, and on and on). Also the dessert ones like tiramisu, creme brulee, and bananas foster truffles are awesome. We live in Atlanta (Buckhead) and the Chocolaterie is about 30 minutes out 400, but it is way more than worth the drive. This place really is spectacular. Here is their web address -

            http://thechocolaterie.com

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              msbo78 Nov 6, 2009 07:55 AM

              There's a place in Mt. Pleasant (just outside Charleston) called Christophe Artisan Chocolatier that opened earlier this year, and their chocolates and truffles are wonderful. Also had some sort of caramel pecan petit four awhile back that was quite tasty.

              http://www.christophechocolatier.com/...

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                CecilW Nov 10, 2009 09:54 AM

                There is a very good chocolatier in Charlottesville who recently opened another story in Richmond, VA. It is called Gearhart's Fine Chocolates. I have been disappointed on a few holidays when I have gone there several days in advance and they were sold out of chocolates due to their popularity. Give them a try.

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                LGD Sep 28, 2009 07:30 PM

                How about some of the chocolates at Fresh Market if there is one in your area?

                1. anonymoose Sep 28, 2009 09:42 AM

                  Thanks for the advice everyone!

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                    lunchmen Sep 23, 2009 11:59 AM

                    The assorted chocolate truffles at River Street Sweets (Charleston, SC) are a nice treat, although I'm not sure that they are any better than Godiva. I also think that their chocolate pralines are remarkable - more of a southern favorite than something you would expect from a Belgian chocolatiere.

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                      OurGreatEscape Sep 23, 2009 04:11 AM

                      Dillsboro, NC

                      http://www.dillsborochocolate.com/

                      1. meatn3 Sep 22, 2009 09:20 PM

                        Which state? There are a number of Greenvilles!

                        :-)

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                          anonymoose Sep 23, 2009 09:48 AM

                          Eep sorry! South Carolina.

                        2. danna Sep 22, 2009 11:26 AM

                          Chocolate Fetish in Asheville is good. There's a place called Chocolate lounge, also in Asheville that many people like. I don't think their truffles are as good as Chocolate Fetish, but their dark ch.salt caramels are very good. Greenville has nothing , AFAIK, but I'll be curious to see if anyone finds one for you!

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