Joseph Schmidt Chocolate Bowls - SUBSTITUTES?
For the past five years, my firm has been purchasing Joseph Schmidt chocolate bowls as holiday gifts for clients. Ever since I heard they were closing in January, I have been frantically searching for a replacement. All the chocolatiers nowadays seem to be producing the same type of truffles, however: cute tiny printed squares of high quality flavors. Unfortunately, we are aiming more towards the initial 'wow' factor than spectacular taste. Does anybody know of a chocolatier that creates the equivalent of a JS chocolate bowl for the holidays, or even something similar? I swear my boss is going to make me bust into Oompa Loompa mode and create my own Willy Wonka factory next...Thanks!!!
Not bowls, but I think the beautiful chocolates from Chocolatier Blue in Berkeley do have a certain "wow" factor--not to mention being delicious. They did these amazing Easter eggs last year, but I don't know if they'll have anything equivalent over the winter holidays. I wonder if the owner would do something special for you if you were placing a big order.
1964 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94701
Hi Annien, Yeah, we're heartsick that Jos. Schmidt's was bought out by Hershey's who just acquired them, obviously, to shut down the competition. The Schmidt truffles were the best ever. Two suggestion I have for you:
1) the Veruca chocolates. These have been recommended, and they have a major "WOW" going for them. You can order them online, as one could do with the Jos. Schmidt chocolates, and they have an excellent assortment of flavors: http://www.verucachocolates.com/
2) the Norman Love Chocolate Confections. Very beautiful. True works of art and very appealing flavors. See what you think: http://www.normanloveconfections.com/
Neither of these companies is local, unfortunately, but they are unique, and I have purchased the Norman Love chocolates locally in SF at a great little cafe on Van Ness.
Wow, I ran across a chocolatier who might work for the OP's 2014 Christmas gifting. The site is on Etsy.com, and I was led there by a link on a food blog. If you scroll down to the seventh row, the "oyster shells" are stunning; dead ringers for 'the real thing'!
The feathers and mushrooms are pretty gorgeous too. The company gets five-star reviews from buyers, so I hope the OP will check in again and see this. Maybe it will help: