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in search of a birthday gift for a chocoholic

Zengarden Aug 31, 2010 07:31 AM

Looking for a place that has lovely chocolates and where gift certificates may be purchased. Prefer the downtown core. I thought of getting my friend a chocolate course but she is more interested in devouring chocolate than she is in the making of them.

Suggestions would be welcome.

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    Snarf RE: Zengarden Aug 31, 2010 07:36 AM

    Get a selection of truffles and other chocolate from Soma at the distillery. The chocolate is made on site, is a great destination, and has some of the more interesting flavour combinations going. They appear to do apprenticeships and courses, as well.

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      sam_1 RE: Zengarden Aug 31, 2010 08:37 AM

      I agree with Snarf, Soma is great. If your friend likes hot chocolate, I would also recommend their Mayan hot chocolate mix - a nice touch of spice with dark chocolate.

      1. meatnveg RE: Zengarden Aug 31, 2010 08:58 AM

        I agree with the 2 people above me. I received a birthday package from Soma this January and it was amazingf. They even sent the smaller version of their flourless cake.

        1. bunnylicious RE: Zengarden Aug 31, 2010 11:51 AM

          Another vote for Soma. You could prepare a lovely package with their chocolates (pecan butter crunch is my favourite), bars, almond toffee, cookies, hot chocolate mix... You could even prepare a mini sampling by the country of origin of the cacao beans (off the top of my head, I know they have peruvian and costa rican, and I'm sure they have others). I really don't think you can go wrong.

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            froglegs RE: Zengarden Aug 31, 2010 01:18 PM

            SOMA! Very delicious! I like the long chocolate bars they have in a tube on the counter. I forget the name but the one with dark chocolate and some Iranian raisins! Mmmmmmmmm!
            Don't forget to try the fruit jellies and ice cream! All mmmmmmmmmmm great!

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              Zengarden RE: Zengarden Sep 5, 2010 05:03 AM

              Thanks everyone. As this is a birthday gift that is being given by several people, the Committee approves and I will be picking up some items from the Distillery today.

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