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Dec 14, 2009 06:48 AM

Interesting chocolate shops in DC MD?

My wife always wants specialty chocolates for Christmas, and while I'm happy to get them for her, I'm tired of paying the outrageous shipping costs of places like Vosges et al. While there are usually some interesting options at Ma Petite Shoe in Hampden (Balto), I'm hoping there are other closer places in the metro DC area. Her preference is for the more unusual/ exotic flavors.

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  1. There is ACKC on 14th St. and Cacao in Bethesda Row. I've ogled the chocolates in both places, but have yet to try them.

    ACKC Cocoa Bar
    1529 14th St NW, Washington, DC

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound

      Leonidas in Georgetown on Wisconsin. You can also get their chocolates at Chocolate Moose on L St near 16th St NW.

    2. Try Biagio (1904 18th St NW, Washington, DC, 202-328-1506). They have it all--a wide selection of high end bars (Vosges, Amedei, etc) and filled chocolates (truffles, caramels etc) made by local chocolatiers.
      There's also ACKC Cocoa Bar (1529 14th St NW, Washington, DC, 202-387-2626). They specialize in making their own bars and filled chocolates and also have a cafe for hot chocolate, pastries, ice cream, etc.
      J. Chocolatier is in Georgetown but they focus on filled chocolates (1039 33rd St NW).
      Artisan Confections, also focusing on filled chocolates, just opened in Arlington, VA (1025 North Fillmore St, Arlington, VA, 703-524-0007).
      Hope this helps.

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      1. re: Hungry Panda

        Biagio is wonderful. Such a variety and a lot of unique brands/kind. The people who work there are really nice, and they and quite a few samples around the small shot! They have Vosges.

        I'm not impressed with Chocolate Moose.

        Another option is going to World Market. They have so many unique international brands.

        1. re: Hungry Panda

          A very, very, very strong second for Artisan Confections. The salted butter caramel may be the best chocolate I've ever had. Other flavors are less awesome but still good. The only downside is the price. Quite expensive.

        2. Try the Sugar Cube on N. Lee Street (near Cameron) in Old Town Alexandria. They make some and stock chocolates made by small specialty chocolatiers.

          1. I just got an email today from CoCo Sala about chocolate treats that they're selling for the holidays.

            1. Thanks everyone. This should help not only for Christmas, but for Valentines Day too.
              Plus it's much better since I prefer to patronize local purveyors rather than enrich UPS for outrageous shipping costs. I'll let you know her verdict afterwards.