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Zabar Jan 24, 2012 04:25 PM

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, I've got to make a decision. For the past dozen or so years, my choice has been either "L.A. Burdick" or "John & Kira's", and, my wife has been enthralled.. Honestly, although my wife loves the chocolate mice from Burdick and the exquisite fillings that are a John & Kira's trademark, I also know that she loves surprises. If money is no object.... what say my fellow Chowhounders??? Please remember that my reputation as a loving husband could be affected by any unacceptable choice! Zabar

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    teemo RE: Zabar Jan 28, 2012 02:27 PM

    If she loves surprises and filled chocolates, I'd build a box of chocolates. I've ordered from CocoaBella before (http://www.cocoabella.com/build-box), and they have some really interesting choices. I'm not sure if there are any other sites that let you mix and match different chocolate companies like that, but I really love the idea.

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      Saluti RE: Zabar Jan 28, 2012 03:52 PM

      I live in the SF Bay Area and I love Michael Mischer chocolates! I never get tired of receiving a box of these.


      1. goodhealthgourmet RE: Zabar Jan 28, 2012 04:59 PM

        if you want to go with someplace local, then Kee's or MarieBelle. otherwise my choice would probably be Compartes in Los Angeles.

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          latte4me RE: Zabar Jan 29, 2012 04:13 PM

          La Maison du Chcolat is fabulous.


          CocoaBella is also a great option.

          1. Azizeh RE: Zabar Jan 29, 2012 07:30 PM

            I really like the marshmallows they have at the Vosges store in Beverly Hills. I usually am not a marshmallow person, but these were really tender and not at all gummy.

            They do have truffles with various fillings. I remember they gave me a sample of one with balsamic vinegar in it, and it was delicious. I think they have an exotic truffle collection, too. Plus their purple heart boxes are romantic.

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              Zabar RE: Zabar Jan 30, 2012 04:26 PM

              I'd like to thank everyone who responded to this thread.
              I decided to be proactive in my choice for a 2012 Valentine's Day chocolate gift for my wife, and, after surfing the net awhile, I came up with a website for chocolates that I'd like to share with my fellow CHers: http://www.chocosphere.com
              Not only does Chocosphere offer a very broad selection of the wares of the finest chocolatiers from all over the world, they also employ extremely helpful customer service personnel that will assist anyone in choosing a customized Valentine's Day gift basket that can include rather unique items. I've provided a direct link to the "Seasonal Basket" that I selected; however, I had this heart-shaped basket customized with "Amedei" dark chocolates with a range of 70% to 100% cacao content and "organic" fillings.
              I hope that I've contributed a choice to anyone else who was experiencing "angst" in making a selection for Valentine's Day. Zabar

              1. Bob W RE: Zabar Jan 31, 2012 04:48 AM

                Hi Zabar -- it looks like you've made a great choice but for future reference check out Garrison Confections in Rhode Island. We are long-time Burdick fans and love Garrison as well. They are outstanding. We usually get their seasonal collection -- 12 new flavors every three months. Pretty incredible.


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                  jbsiegel RE: Zabar Feb 1, 2012 04:51 AM

                  Another good one to check out is www.chocolate.com. Has products from lots of small chocolate shops across the country (and I believe possibly internationally, but I'm not sure). Lots of price ranges, HUGE variety of products. Somewhat overwhelming (hah!), but lots of fun to browse!

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                    foodeye RE: Zabar Feb 1, 2012 10:14 AM

                    Another great chocolatier for when price is not a concern is Recchiuti.


                    One of their least costly Valentine offerings that sounds really great is called XO and is a box with just champagne truffes and chocolates made with artisan candied cherries.

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