Great places to find chocolate/truffles
- NWLarry May 20, 2011 01:50 PM
Viva Chocolato is closed, and Big Top Candy Shop is spotty at best in terms of carrying my favorite, Dude Sweet Chocolate. I'm looking for new places, can anyone help?
Teuscher's doesn't do that much for me. Thanks!
3401 Esperanza Xing, Austin, TX 78758
A few years ago someone (scrumptiouschef maybe) mentioned Roscar chocolates out of Bastrop and since then that has been our goto truffle. Thin couverture (which I love and is hard to find), solid flavorings. Main drawback is most of their flavors have alcohol in them which I find off putting. They are sold at both Breed's location and have a store east of Bastrop on 71. It is fun to serve a quality chocolate at a party and say you got it at the hardware store.
The only other local truffle I've found that has promise is Delysia. I finally tracked some down at a farmers market and enjoyed them. I'd give them a B/B-.
I sampled some Dude Sweet Chocolate a year ago and wasn't that impressed. What do you enjoy of theirs? Do they have a local purveyor?
The chocolate store up in Calvert should be mentioned as it has the pedigree, but we weren't blown away (though we did enjoy the kolache place across the street). That's a fun drive and the attached French restaurant looks promising if you want a road trip.
Central Market carries one of the Michel Cluizel single origin bars now (Concepcion I think). Specs had them for while but I haven't seen them since (Viva had a few Cluizel but I don't recall the single origin bars). These are always my standard high end reference bar and I'm glad to have them locally instead of paying for the expensive shipping from chocosphere.
Whole Foods chocolate selection is extensive but boring. I do enjoy the Madécasse bars that I've had though.
re: Carter B.
Funny that you mention Roscar. They carried them at Viva and I definitely enjoyed them. I haven't seen them around. Your survey of places to find chocolate in Austin pretty much mirrors my own experience. I occasionally strike gold in Central Market.
The artisan chocolates from Dude are amazing, but if you ever get to the store in Dallas, the ice cream is insanely good:
4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745
I would add a few other thoughts:
a) Antonelli's carries some of the Delysia line. I haven't tried them because they were more expensive than I was willing to pay. And that's a strong statement, because I've been buying chocolate truffles of one form or another for more than 35 years.
b) Antonelli's also used to carry Askinoise chocolate bars. These are single-origin bean-to-bars made in Missouri (of all places!) by the eponymous Shawn Askinoise. They are now carried by CM.
c) Oddly enough, the store Extraordinaire on 5th and Lamar carries an interesting selection of truffles. They used to carry some from Amedei and Michel Chabon; haven't been in a few months so not certain what they have in the store right now.
Otherwise, the selection around Austin is decidedly limited. Oh, and for a brief while, WF carried Amano chocolate bars. They were great, but probably too expensive even by WF's standards. And they were marketed poorly, to boot.
re: Andrew Zachary
That is good to hear about Askinoise, I've been wanting to try them. Grapevine carried Amedi for a while which was awesome, but that stopped and then Grapevine stopped.
I saw in the RSS feed the owner of Delysia replied but it has been deleted. She noted her truffles are carried at breeds so I need to look into that. Breeds has carried other chocolatiers like Schmidt that have not impressed me, so hopefully they are doing more local stuff. Truffles unlike bars need to be so fresh. Delysia also noted they are not at farmers market--thinking back I had them at some local only Christmas food gifts bazaar at city all. Apologies.
The Con' Olio Oils & Vinegars (in the Arboretum area) newsletter mentions they carry Delysia truffles:
"Delysia Chocolatier-Signature Truffles-Local handmade truffles are now stocked! This collection includes Coffee, Milk Chocolate, Hazelnut, Honey, Raspberry, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Cinnamon."
con' olio at the arboretum is hosting a delysia event this week:
8/13 Delysia Chocolatier Tasting Event 12-3pm -Join us for this amazing tasting event with Delysia Chocolatier as they sample their delicious truffles at our shop! If you haven't already tried these locally made truffles then you are in for a real treat! Check out their website at www.delysia.com
FYI, Roscars was destroyed in the Bastrop fire. I hope they choose to rebuild and continue their business. I really enjoy their chocolates.
My wife and I just watched the movie Chocolat and it made me hungry for good chocolates. I really have never been very adventurous in this area and have no idea what is out there. Occasionally I will pick up some assorted chocolates at Lammes' in the mall when I am there (fresh, not boxed - for some reason they are half the price).