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Dec 14, 2012 05:18 PM

alternative to Soma

What other chocolates do Chowhounds recommend? I'm interested in chcolates or truffles, not bars. I also like Swiss Master, but looking for something new.

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  1. have you tried xococava? they have a pretty nice range of truffles.

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    1. re: autopi

      I've only tried their ice cream. Thanks for reminding me about xococava.

    2.'s SOMA! Why would you want to replace them? I dream about their chocolates and gelato.


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      1. re: TorontoJo

        :-) I've brought the same friend a box 2 years in a row, and the last time I brought them, one of her children mentioned that she didn't like Soma! Just thought I'd give something else for a change. Haven't brought them a box of Stubbe or Xococava chocolates before- maybe I'll do that. Or maybe I'll stick with Soma. ;-)

        1. re: prima

          Remember how much you loved and how special you felt when sharing your mother's chocolates when you were a child? I'll bet you can remember your mom's favourite right now. Skip Soma and give memories they'll share.

          I agree with Wahooty on Belgian Chocolate Shop. Ordering in advance for store pick-up is advised unless you want to while away some time ogling choices and waiting in line.

          Perhaps Soma's just a little too fancy. People always forget about Laura Secord. It hits that spot between high end and factory produced quite nicely I'd say. It's good bang for the buck making it a good choice for families. Buy from the showcase for the freshest on offer.

          1. re: Googs

            Thanks, Googs.

            Our family favourite is Mrs. See's, so we stock up when we're in the western States. ;-)

            Purdy's is also good bang for the buck.

            Yep, Soma is too fancy for some people. I brought a big box of 4 flavours (feuilletine, spicy Mayan dome, lemon ginger, and espresso crisp) to a cooking class, and I was surprised how many people hate coffee in their chocolate. Or hate ginger in their chocolate. Or don't understand the Mayan dome (cinnamon and chili). So outspoken, and so friggin' picky, considering the chocolate was free (to them), and $2/chocolate for me. That's why only certain friends and family receive Soma from me!

            1. re: prima

              Kids. Pfft. You can't live with them, you can't sell 'em.

              I like Mrs See's packaging ideas. Having a dark chocolate box of soft centres and another of nuts & chews sure would solve a lot of problems for Beau and I.

              1. re: Googs

                Ha! They weren't kids complaining with that particular box of Soma, they were the Baby Boomers in my cooking class!

                I like Mrs. See's packaging ideas, too.

            2. re: Googs

              I'm a fan of Leonidas if I'm looking for something not quite as 'fancy' as soma, but a step up from pot of gold.

        2. Eitelbach has been around for years and they also have baumkuchen on offer!

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            1. re: jlunar

              just went to their website (as i was not familiar with baumkuchen) and it says they aren't in operation :(

              1. re: auberginegal

                Oh no...!! They've been alive for years, I didn't even think to check. :( What a shame!

                1. re: jlunar

                  agreed. earlier this year i stopped by and decided against picking up some truffles...definitely regret that now :(

              1. re: CocoaChanel

                Good gourd!! Stubbe's Kir Royale and Pear William truffles are da bomb!

                (To me, the champagne ones taste like what I imagine feet would taste like. They are the only ones I have come across that I genuinely dislike)

                  1. re: CocoaChanel

                    @CocoaChanel: To some fetishists that might be a good thing.

                    1. re: CocoaChanel

                      I'll keep the Kir Royale and Poire William in mind next time I'm in the 'hood. ;-)

                  2. The Belgian Chocolate Shop in the Beaches.

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                    1. re: Wahooty

                      I realized I didn't elaborate on my choice. If your friends "don't like" Soma....the BCS makes beautifully perishable chocolates. The kind that melt very quickly because of the butterfat content. I adore Soma, but their chocolates are on the structural side - it's a very different style.

                      1. re: Wahooty

                        Thanks Wahooty. Will try BCS next time I'm in the neighbourhood.

                        1. re: Wahooty

                          Melt quickly like on a transatlantic flight in a suitcase? Or quickly once they're in my hot little paw? Trying to decide on a box to tkae back to London for a present for my mum...

                          1. re: gembellina

                            Quickly in your hot little paw. :) When I brought similar chocolates back from Belgium, they were kept adequately refrigerated in my checked baggage. I imagine this time of year they would hold up even better.