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annien Oct 13, 2009 03:54 PM

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!!!

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    jaiko Mar 2, 2014 02:32 PM

    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:
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/andiespecial...

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      abbyj Apr 9, 2013 03:52 PM

      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/

      and

      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.

      Good luck!
      Abby

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        marilees Oct 14, 2009 11:07 PM

        Try Teuscher chocolates (available at Stanford and other locations).

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          abstractpoet Oct 13, 2009 07:06 PM

          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.

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          Chocolatier Blue
          1964 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94701

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            abbyj Apr 9, 2013 03:56 PM

            abstractpoet, Thank you for the recommendation. I took a look at the chocolates, and they are just beautiful. We'll consider some of these in the near future. Abby

          2. wolfe Oct 13, 2009 04:29 PM

            I found this but don't know if Bissingers make their own or they are JS. I did see several size chocolate cups at Sur la Table Walnut Creek.
            http://www.bissingers.com/category/de...

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              lexdevil Oct 13, 2009 05:28 PM

              Also carried in many sizes at Piedmont Grocery.

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