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Looking for some awesome chocolates

So, the gf likes chocolate (duh), and I'd like to go a step or two above the cellophane-wrapped heart-shaped box of chocolate roulette route. Problem is, I don't know where to go. Any recs for local places making delicious chocolates? Also, how early would be too early to pick some up for Valentines day? Only place I can come up with was Abdallah, which is decent, but I'd prefer something a little more special.

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  1. get the gf some chocolates from b.t. mcelrath. he is one of the best chocolatiers in the country, and he's local! you can get 5 packs of his artisan truffles at lunds/byerly's, surdyk's, bibelot, all kinds of places around town. you can get his high end chocolate bars at any of the co-ops. he puts out special edition truffle boxes for v-day. with a 5 pack of b.t. mcelrath passionfruit truffles, you can't possibly go wrong. until they are gone. better get 2 packs! :)

    http://www.btmcelrath.com/index.asp

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    1. re: soupkitten

      I second this. Good schnitt.

      Just Truffles is good, but expensive and the owner has a very bad rep. I refuse to go there any longer :(
      Someone once mentioned this place on lake minnetonka near excelsior. They have a giant lit chocolate' sign. It is on a hill in a little house. I have never had them, but i hear it is good.

      1. re: ashii

        This is the first I've heard of the "owner having a very bad rep." Could you please explain this?

    2. BT is quality stuff.

      also, head over to Surdyks, they have a good selection, and carry Rogue which you definitely want. another would be Chocolat Celeste, pretty high end stuff.

      http://www.roguechocolatier.com/
      http://store.chocolatceleste.com/

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      1. re: getgot211

        I like Rogue as well and they are offering free shipping in January.

        http://blogs.citypages.com/food/2011/...

      2. Sugar Sugar at 38th & Grand Av S has special chocolates as well as other candies.

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        1. re: Josie

          Just Truffles on Grand Avenue in St. Paul is my favorite.

          http://justtruffles.com/

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          1. Try Truffles and Tortes. They have some amazing stuff. they have locations in Plymouth and Anoka

            http://trufflesandtortes.com/