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Good food/chocolate/treats/snacks to bring on a plane for friend in another province?

poleapple Apr 29, 2012 04:02 PM

I know there's Purdy's chocolate, but it seems so similar to Rocky Mountain Chocolates.
Are there any delicious Vancouver delights that I can bring on a plane for my friends?

  1. LotusRapper Apr 29, 2012 04:25 PM

    There's Dagoba, Endangered Species and Cocoa Camino brands, just to name three:




    Available at Choices and Whole Foods/Capers, and probably many other stores too.

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    1. re: LotusRapper
      poleapple Apr 29, 2012 06:17 PM

      Dagoba looks delicious - now if only I can confirm what stores sell it.

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        LotusRapper Apr 29, 2012 07:31 PM

        We buy them from Choices Supermarket:


        I'm pretty sure Whole Foods has 'em. And I'm sure Yoda has a stash too ;-)

        1. re: LotusRapper
          poleapple Apr 29, 2012 07:59 PM

          Thank you!

    2. grayelf Apr 29, 2012 04:32 PM

      Love this store, both for the chocs (try the spicy dark) and the store itself: http://www.chocolaterienouvellefrance...

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      1. re: grayelf
        poleapple Apr 29, 2012 05:48 PM

        Any other recommendations from this store that's not dark chocolate?

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          grayelf Apr 29, 2012 08:19 PM

          I've never had anything I didn't like there, and they definitely have milk chocolate options, but she changes it up. You could call before you go to see what's on offer.

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        islandgirl Apr 29, 2012 05:47 PM

        Check out Edible Canada on Granville Island for lots of local specialties.

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          islandgirl Apr 29, 2012 06:14 PM

          CocoaNymph on West 10th (near Alma) is great too for wonderful bespoke chocolates.

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          1. re: islandgirl
            poleapple Apr 29, 2012 06:16 PM

            Thanks, I like this one!

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              waver Apr 30, 2012 08:19 AM

              Cocoa Nymph was the one I was going to recommend as well. The bonbons are great but I like the bars even better.
              Have a hot chocolate with marshmallows while you're there....

              1. re: waver
                kinnickinnik Apr 30, 2012 11:19 AM

                They make a really unique bark made with milk chocolate, sesame seeds and sea salt. Delicous!

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            lunchslut Apr 29, 2012 08:00 PM

            Xoxoclat on Burrard near 7th has some unique chocolates and flavours which will amuse friends e,g. Westcoast breakfast which has coffee and bacon. Not for all but will get conversation going,
            Chocolate Arts has beautiful handmade pieces (the Westcoast native carving medallions have served as a thank you gift to many in the past) and have great depth of flavour to their chocolates,
            Thomas Haas chocolates has a reputation that goes beyond Vancouver. They very good but not cheap.
            Milesean In Aldergrove has caramel sauces and chocolate brittles that are to die for. I have seen their products at Edible BC.

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            1. re: lunchslut
              poleapple Apr 29, 2012 08:15 PM

              The chocolate shoes at xoxoclat looks awesome... unfortunately I'm not sure how portable it will be onto a plane without melting. :(

              Chocolate Arts has the shoes too!

            2. KarenDW Apr 29, 2012 08:38 PM

              does the treat need to be a sweet one? Or how about candied salmon from Finest At Sea on Granville Island? If the flight isn't toooo long, you could pack with ice in an insulated lunchbag (which you will later use on picnics with friends?)

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              1. re: KarenDW
                poleapple Apr 29, 2012 09:10 PM

                Anything that is delicious and portable is fine.
                Are you referring to the BC Salmon Candy Nuggets that I found on their site?
                It looks interesting! The flight's 5 hours... to Ontario. Will that be okay?

                All these suggestions... I want to visit them all. >.<

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                miss.foodie Apr 29, 2012 11:09 PM

                How about Bee Kim Heng Singaporean Style beef/pork jerky? Their new location is FINALLY open now according to their facebook site.

                3201 Fraser st. ( & 16th) in Vancouver.
                604-875-8688, toll free 1-888-97-JERKY

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                1. re: miss.foodie
                  LotusRapper Apr 30, 2012 09:40 AM

                  Never been to their old location @ 26th Ave (only bought frozen dim sum from store across the street). New location is even closer to me :-)

                  Love their tel # :-D

                2. NoMoreSnuggles Apr 30, 2012 03:44 PM

                  If I wanted to bring BC chocolate, I would probably go for a Chocolate Arts assortment. They are lovely and showcase a lot of local ingredients. Maybe a few bars from Thomas Haas and DC Duby. Very nice and available at several places around town (Whole Foods for sure)

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                    jamesalexandra Apr 30, 2012 03:54 PM

                    I would second Chocolate Arts as a good choice. Just transported a large box down to Seattle as a hostess gift. I really, really wanted to love Cocoa Nymph but for the price point, Chocolate Arts is much better in my opinion and just as creative. Another idea is Venturi Schulze Balsamic vinegar from Edible Canada. Pricey but may be well appreciated by the right receiver. Took some to my foodie sister-in-law in Ontario last summer and she loved it. Hmmm, she also asked me to bring Butter Baked Goods for her. Peanut butter sandwich cookies + coconut marshmallows in the hand luggage.

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                      Georgia Strait Apr 30, 2012 08:24 PM

                      i like that balsamic vinegar too --- but remember do NOT put it in your carry-on --- it would be so sad to have to give it up at the security at YVR

                      1. re: Georgia Strait
                        LotusRapper Apr 30, 2012 10:03 PM

                        Don't let border security sour the trip ......

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                      reiney May 2, 2012 04:00 PM

                      For really, really excellent chocolate look for Beta5 (available at their store, or Dirty Apron).

                      And/or Salt Spring Island cheese (Juliette or Blue Juliette) - will last for a good half a day + out of refrigeration and is excellent stuff. Available at Whole Foods / Choices / etc.

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