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Artisan chocolate in the District?

cigar12345 Feb 12, 2013 08:53 AM

Just moved here. Anyone have any recs for a high-quality choclatier where I could get good salted caramels?

  1. hill food Feb 13, 2013 12:26 AM

    are these places (ACKC and Locolat) still open? I almost never buy chocolates, but was highly impressed when I tried them


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    1. re: hill food
      Steve Feb 13, 2013 06:06 AM

      Locolat is still there, but ACKC is not.

      1. re: Steve
        BrianD Feb 13, 2013 07:39 AM

        The ACKC in the Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria is still open -- if you're willing to leave the DC.

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          hill food Feb 13, 2013 05:26 PM

          damn, yet another thing gone. this world spins too darn fast.

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        bcarter3 Feb 12, 2013 05:55 PM

        Chocolate Chocolate, at Farragut North, has "Buttery Sweet & Savory Sea Salt Caramels..." .

        A search of the website http://www.chocolatedc.com/ turned up a dozen variations for "Salted Caramels".

        Haven't tried the salted caramels, but Chocolate Chocolate carries Lillie Belle Farms of Oregon selections, which are my favorite artisanal chocolate.

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          Bob W Feb 13, 2013 06:30 AM

          CC is a very nice shop. I have a friend out in Oregon who is a regular patron of Lillie Belle, he says the owner is a great guy. And the chocolates are excellent.

        2. tcamp Feb 12, 2013 10:56 AM

          Don't miss the tres leches caramel bunnies for easter!


          They have a store in DC, a new one in Alexandria, and sell online. Very nice stuff.

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            VaPaula Feb 12, 2013 10:02 AM

            I really like Cocova. I haven't had salted caramels there, but I have sampled some of their chocolates. They don't make it on premises, but they gather some interesting - and very good - chocolates from around the world.

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            1. re: VaPaula
              hamster Feb 12, 2013 04:09 PM

              Yes, Cocova is amazing. I re-discovered it back in December and it's incredible.

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                Steve Feb 13, 2013 06:05 AM

                Just to reiterate, Cocova is a chocolate shop that sells products made by others. In addition to packaged chocolates from around the world, they carry an assortment of fresh chocolates produced locally and regionally. It's a great resource to know about.

                A block away is one of DC's best chocolates: Locolat is a Belgian café that makes their own. I particularly like the dark sea salt chocoates and the fruited buttercream chocolates. If you are looking specifically for CBS chocolate, you'll have to get lucky or order in advance. It's a small shop and their inventory changes constantly. Expensive.

                There is a Leonidas shop in Georgetown which sells fresh Belgian chocolates flown in at least every week. Prices are reasonable considering the quality. If I was giving fresh chocolate as a gift, this would be my top choice.

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                  laraffinee Feb 16, 2013 07:22 AM

                  Sadly, Leonidas in Georgetown has closed. They had great chocolate. I got a gift of chocolates this Valentine's day from Dean and Deluca in Georgetown, and they were wonderful. I do not know if they make their own or what, but they reminded me of La Maison du Choclat in Paris - they were that good.

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