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Albertagirl Nov 5, 2011 11:46 PM

Has anyone been to Mr Callebaut's new location? It's way out there for me, being an inner city person, and I haven't heard anything about it, either here or in the media. Wondering if it is worth a trip.

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    piano boy RE: Albertagirl Nov 6, 2011 07:51 AM

    Yeesh... Bow Bottom Trail. Not my neck of the woods. All scandal aside (ousting, stealing, what have you) I'd definitely like to try them.

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    1. cellophane_star RE: Albertagirl Nov 7, 2011 07:35 AM

      I thought I saw on Twitter that BC opened a new store called Cococo in Chinook. It's in between Phil & Sebastian and Le Creuset. I just googled and found no info besides this: http://www.cococochocolatiers.com/

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        miss.foodie RE: cellophane_star Nov 7, 2011 08:38 AM

        I walked by it the other day. The store is not open yet. It's still under construction. It's actually a Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut store. If you go to http://www.bernardcallebaut.com you'll see it listed for Chinook. Note that this store is not affiliated with BC himself. It's part of Cococo, the company that bought Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut.

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          cellophane_star RE: miss.foodie Nov 7, 2011 09:57 AM

          Ah, I see! So Papa Chocolat is BC's own thing, not Cococo.

          I just saw on Chinook's Twitter that it opened last weekend (or maybe they mean this coming weekend?).

          "Hohoho! Christmas came early w/ the opening of our new retailer Cococo Bernard Callebaut Chocolaterie this weekend!"

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            miss.foodie RE: cellophane_star Nov 7, 2011 10:48 AM

            You're probably right that it opened last weekend. I was there at Chinook during one of the weekdays and it was still boarded up so I couldn't see how close they were to being ready for opening.

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              cellophane_star RE: miss.foodie Nov 15, 2011 09:19 AM

              I visited Cococo last Saturday. It has many of the truffles and boxed chocolates as the other BC stores but it also sells gelato, small desserts & pastries, macarons and 7 kinds of hot chocolate.

              I'm a big macaron fan so I got a pistachio one. It was the most expensive in the city, at $2.50 each. The BC chocolate filling was very good though the colour was unappetizing... sort of a puke-y dark green, presumably the result of blending dark chocolate with green pistachios, and the shells were a little crumbly. Not as good as M for Macaron or Yann.

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        abacus2 RE: Albertagirl Dec 22, 2011 07:13 PM

        We went to Papa Chocolat today - it is in the Willow Park Mall (MacLeod Trail and 104th Ave or so). At first we thought they didn't have many types of chocolate, but Mrs. Callebaut said they were selling them so fast that they couldn't keep the shelves stocked. Judging from the number of boxes sitting on a table with names on them (orders), this appears to be the case.

        Some chocolate types we noticed: cinnamon, orange (with orange and grand marnier), coffee, caramel with sea salt, chocolate with gold flecks, anise, pistachio, and whiskey. There were a number of others, although I think fewer than in the old store.

        They had a lot of samples to try. The caramel with sea salt was excellent, and my husband thought the dark chocolate with coffee was the best chocolate he had ever had. We ended up buying 2 boxes plus several gift boxes. I think the prices were a little lower than Bernard Callebaut stores, but I am not sure - $27 for 25 pieces or so is I think what we paid.

        The service was lovely and fast, and Mrs. Callebaut said they were very pleased with the support they were getting from Calgarians. I would give them 2 thumbs up - well worth trying if you like good chocolate.

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          Scary Bill RE: abacus2 Dec 23, 2011 08:57 AM

          I went a couple of weeks ago and walked out without anything. The selection was extremely poor and the pricing was to me very high. I certainly didn't find anything priced as you mention. Part of the reason for the high pricing had to be the very expensive packaging used, which to me is a waste since it ends up in a landfill. I then went to a Callebaut store, the one in Southcenter mall, and found the selection to be vastly better, and the pricing better without question.

          Different experiences I guess.

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