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Eclat chocolate?

flzhang Apr 11, 2011 06:57 AM

Anyone familiar with this brand? Good/bad?

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    Buckethead RE: flzhang Apr 11, 2011 07:00 AM


    1. RC51Mike RE: flzhang Apr 11, 2011 07:29 AM

      In West Chester? Funny, I never thought of it as a "brand." Just the name of the shop of an exceptional and dedicated chocolatier. I"m not a chocolate snob and I've not scoured the country for the best of the best but I'm well past candy bars out of the machine. I think Eclat has the finest chocolates I can recall having.

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        FrancisdeR RE: RC51Mike Apr 11, 2011 07:48 AM

        I agree. This guy is world class. I say this advisedly, as I have been to some of the big names in Brussels, Paris, and even Montreal. He is in that league.

        If you prefer the old-fashioned praline, hazelnut, liqueur, etc. fillings (and there's a lot to be said for those), he may not be entirely your cup of tea. He is in the more modern school --- the szechuan pepper, lavender, three grains of sea salt, that kind of thing -- school. That said, he does a lot of truffles, and there is definitely something for everyone in his shop.

        I feel lucky to have a shop that like so close to home.

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          CindyJ RE: FrancisdeR Apr 11, 2011 12:50 PM

          I couldn't have said it better. "World Class" is not an exaggeration. These chocolates are amazing. And how fortunate for us to have Eclat right here in our home town. The shop is unassuming, as is the location, but once you cross the threshold, you might swear you were in Belgium.

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            barryg RE: CindyJ Apr 11, 2011 01:24 PM

            Where can we buy these in the city?

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              Hungryin theBurbs RE: barryg Apr 11, 2011 01:25 PM

              I think DiBruno's carries them.

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                Buckethead RE: barryg Apr 11, 2011 01:42 PM

                You can get some varieties at Fork Etc. but if you are a chocolate fan it's worth making a trip out to West Chester to try them, the more exotic types like szechuan pepper aren't available at Fork (or weren't, the one time I went there to buy them). They do mail-order too.

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                padovana RE: CindyJ Apr 11, 2011 01:43 PM

                and if anyone checked out Brewer's Plate, they made special beer-spiked truffles-- which might sound kinda bad, but they were amazing!

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