HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >


Mail order chocolates?

I'm heading down to Kee's in NYC this weekend to pick up some chocolates for a holiday party. But while Kee's is great, the chocolates have a short shelf life and can only be purchased at her stores. So I won't be able to get any for Christmas.

Does anyone have any great chocolate rec's available online?

I can pass one tip on myself. Locally, there is a woman in Weston, CT who handmakes exotic Indian-inspired chocolates using top quality Belgian chocolate.

I had the pleasure to meet her and sample her chocolates last week for a story I'm writing. So if you know a chocolate enthusiast who would enjoy flavors such as Intense Raspberry Truffles, Orange Almond Clusters, Halva Heaven, Masala Chai, and Wasabi Ginger, give Le Rouge a shot.


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
    1. re: Philly Ray

      Thank you for the recommendation and the link. I wasn't familiar with John & Kira's but after visiting their site I am anxiously awaiting my first delivery of their chocolates. I ordered the 15-pc every flavor box and the 6-pc ladybug box. So cute and great reviews (NYT, Gourmet, Martha Stewart, etc).

      They source ingredients from small farms (many local to them) and they are big supporters of urban & school gardens too.

      1. re: lynnlato

        They have really grown their line too. The first time I had a J&K chocolate was at a bridal shower and the website was quite small in production. We've enjoyed their choc figs from time to time. http://www.johnandkiras.com/product/C...

        The lady bugs, mushrooms and forest themes are adorable!

    2. http://www.recchiuti.com/106.html?are...

      Chocolate covered pears by Recchiuti Confection was one of my favorite gifts last year. They have some really delicious fruit & chocolate inspiration http://www.recchiuti.com/720.html

      4 Replies
      1. re: HillJ

        Oooh, those pears look so good! Dang it, I may need to order those as well. I have to stop reading this thread!

            1. re: lynnlato

              You might want to check out The Secret Chocolatier, here in Charlotte:


          1. These are outstanding. Just opened up this year:

            Also - an old favoite from Buffalo, NY - sponge candy!! A must-try! (But they have other delicious chocolate treats as well!

            3 Replies
            1. re: Sra. Swanky


              How interesting. I enjoy Pain D'Epice bread very much so this sounds fantastic.

              1. re: HillJ

                I haven't tried the Figs & Pain D'Epice, but if it's anything like the rest of their chocolates... :) So unique and delicious - all of it! If you try these, let me know what you think! :)

                1. re: Sra. Swanky

                  I will. I have a dear friend that adores figs. This year, I thought I would put a fig themed gift basket together. So, I went right to the link to see what Hudson offered in the fruit/choc category..happy find!

              1. Lovely suggestions!!! Thanks so much!!!!

                1. I use Ashers. I absolutely love their dark chocolate covered jelly grahams. they have a nice assortment of other chocolate too.

                    1. Maison de chocolat...... And if you visit a location in nyc be sure to get a hot chocolate.
                      Online ordering here- the glazed chestnuts are awesome:

                      2 Replies
                      1. re: Ttrockwood

                        I like Maison du Chocolat, especially the shop across from the Carlyle Hotel where I can sip decadent hot chocolate and eat a naughty piece of cake in comfort. But the chocolates aren't my favorite, I prefer fruitier/nuttier fillings. Never tried their glazed chestnuts though, thanks for the tip.

                      2. I completely agree with John and Kira's. I discovered these several years ago when they were named the best by, I think, Gourmet Magazine, and they have always been well-received (especially the ones I order for myself ;)

                        I have also received gifts from Ethel M and very much enjoyed those as well. http://www.ethelm.com/default.aspx

                          1. I'm dying to try one of these chocolate boxes. Has anybody ordered from them?


                            5 Replies
                            1. re: jbsiegel

                              A local store carries DeBrand chocolate covered pretzels. They're good.

                              1. re: jbsiegel

                                I liked DeBrand's classic collection better than their connoisseur collection. The raspberry is especially good (tart). They used to have a buttery caramel (no chocolate or sea salt) which was lovely, but I don't think they still make it. DeBrands are fine, but don't make me swoon. The creams are average. I prefer Burdick's or Leonidas.

                                1. re: jbsiegel

                                  This is a local store for me -- we have had parties there with treats and a tour. Lots of fun. I like their caramels a lot and highly recommend the ice cream sauces. Unlike the other Deb, I liked the Connoisseur collection too.

                                  The boxes are gorgeous!

                                  1. re: jbsiegel

                                    Love DeBrands!!! Not crazy about any company's connoisseur chocolates and don't like the expensive 40% or more cocoa but this company has great caramel sauces, cream filled chocolates, and so much more. All fresh and no preservatives! Love DeBrands. Have not tried the chocolate boxes, but lord do they look beautiful and worthy to send as a special gift to anyone on your list. Btw they offer eye popping truffles and beautiful packaging.

                                    1. re: flifish

                                      OK....now I **have** to try something. If I can't manage to hint strongly enough to my husband, I'll just have to buy one of those boxes myself!!!

                                  2. Forgot to say that I also like Lake Champlain Chocolates: http://www.lakechamplainchocolates.com/ and Choclatique: http://www.choclatique.com/

                                    4 Replies
                                    1. re: jbsiegel

                                      I like the fact that Lake Champlain and Choclatique post information about the chocolate and ingredients they use on their websites. A lot of sites don't. But it's a big plus to me if I know the products used.

                                      1. re: jbsiegel

                                        I went to Sweet Pierre's candy store in Ridgefield, CT today and they carry some of the Lake Champlain chocolates, so I tried a raspberry truffle. Not for me. Very thick shell, more a molded chocolate rather than a truffle.

                                        I also picked up a couple pieces of Bridgewater Chocolate - toffee and caramel bars and wow, seriously good.



                                        1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                          There are a couple of things I love at Lake Champlain... Their Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Sea Salt Caramels and their milk and dark chocolate squares. They also have some good baking chocolate and hot chocolate.

                                      2. Wow...I just found this website...probably more info that you could ever want, but check it out!

                                        http://edp.org/chocolat.htm#Chocolate Truffle

                                        1 Reply
                                        1. re: jbsiegel

                                          Impressive reviews. I see he mentions Bridgewater Chocolate, which is a local chocolatier near me. They do a lovely job with traditional chocolate. It's my mother in law's favorite. Especially their toffee and buttercrunch.


                                        2. This is the best gift one can ever give or receive.

                                          1 Reply
                                          1. re: harrismargaret9

                                            I agree! Do you have a particular favorite Margaret?

                                          2. Thanks to all your help, I placed this order today:

                                            L.A. Burdick assortment including two chocolate mice.
                                            Figs & Pain D'Epice from Hudson Chocolates.
                                            Key Lime Pears from Recchiuti.
                                            Assortment from Jacques Torres with an emphasis on fruit bon bons.

                                            Will report back after Christmas!

                                            3 Replies
                                            1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                              How wonderful. Your mailman is going to be so jealous!

                                                1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                                  Those mice look great. I've been wanting to order some of those for a while...

                                                2. Just received some Enstrom milk chocolate almond toffee. It was excellent. Located in Colorado received in Ohio so I had not heard of it before.

                                                  1. 1. See's See's See's See's See's See's See's See's.

                                                    2. If you like marzipan, the Elk Candy Company in New York has closed after many years but seems still to be selling online. Arguably the best marzipan on earth; try the chocolate-covered marzipan dominos.

                                                    3. Hammon's Black Walnut Emporium sells various kinds of black walnut candy eg fudge, brittle, caramels etc, all delicious. They are also an ace source of black walnuts for your own candy and baking---two 16-oz bags of shelled nuts for $22.

                                                    1 Reply
                                                    1. re: Querencia

                                                      Querencia, just when I thought I was done you have to rope me back in! A chocolatier that specializes in BLACK WALNUTS? How absolutely wicked!

                                                      As for See's, a co-worker's relative gifts him a box every year, which he brings into the office for all of us to enjoy, and enjoy it we do!

                                                      OH I FORGOT, best candied chestnuts anyone? These are available at my local market - La Florentine, for $19. Buy them or order elsewhere??


                                                    2. I'm fortunate to have two absolutely delicious, local chocolatiers here in Baltimore, A Kirchmayr and The Velvet Chololatier. Neither one uses preservatives and Velvet's chocolates are kosher and gluten free. Kirchmayr's truffles and chocolates are are imbued with liquers while Velvet does not use alcohol in their chocolates. Also, if you like/love caramel cups, you have to try Velvet's. I've had gift recipients tell me that they're better than sex!

                                                      http://www.fineeuropeanchocolate.com/ Kirchmayr


                                                      1. I just received these: http://www.neuhauschocolate.com/haute...

                                                        Yuzu chocolate never tasted so good. Giot's Caramel and Praline chocolate was divine as well.

                                                        1 Reply
                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                          I think it is one of the best in this country. Every time I drive by on my way to our cabin I have to pull in the lane and buy a treat.

                                                        2. The Burdick assortment arrived. Tiny box. But so pretty with ribbon and wax seal, won't be opened until guests arrive on Monday before Christmas.

                                                          1. this is our local offering-
                                                            using our local fruit + Rogue Creamery cheeses :)

                                                            3 Replies
                                                            1. re: bbqboy

                                                              Wow, smokey blue cheese, that's bold!

                                                            2. Another Co. I forgot to mention is

                                                              especially their chocolate robed honeycomb and the lime in the coconut bar.

                                                              1. I had one candy 1/2 inch by 1/2 square from http://www.dianekronchocolates.com/. It was a dark chocolate as smooth as the best velvet and so dark like strong expresso but creamy. The flavor was more complex than a fine glass of wine. It was rich and jammy with a hint of coffee. There was a bit of toast and earth. It was lovely. And very chocolate at the same time. A wonderful experience.
                                                                Neuhaus chocolate is also a very good choclate.

                                                                1. I remember as a kid incredible dark chocolate covered cherries (cordials). Inside was a white cream at the bottom, clear liquid, and of course a dark, intensely flavorful cherry, with the stem sticking out of the top. Does anyone here have a source for that?

                                                                  3 Replies
                                                                  1. re: kenschuster

                                                                    For some reason Li Lac doesn't seem to have a general website, but as soon as you described those cherries, these came to mind. My husband LOVES them. I get them for him on Valentine's Day. Li Lac is based in NYC.

                                                                    Scroll down to 05 Monday.


                                                                    1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                                                      Found it! (http://www.li-lacchocolates.com/Fresh...) Thank you. They look exactly like they did when I was a kid. Unfortunately, it says on the site that they're too fragile to ship.

                                                                  2. some of my favorites, locally we have a couple very good ones...


                                                                    it's hard to beat the raspberry cremes in dark chocolate from Bissinger's http://www.bissingers.com/prodinfo.as...

                                                                      1. Wow, thank you everyone for some great recommendations. We should have a chocolate party and sample all of them!

                                                                        4 Replies
                                                                        1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                                                          You've inspired me. My youngest is celebrating a birthday in February and he's the diehard chcoolate fan of the family. I've been keeping notes for after the new year. I think he'd be pleased by most of the suggestions in this thread!

                                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                                            Do a "chocolate-of-the-month" thing for him. Order him something from a different place each month!

                                                                          2. My local favorite chocolate shop is Chocolate Necessities where they use Callebaut chocolate. They are great about shipping chocolates to my mom (who considers herself a chocolate maven). Her favorite treat is their chocolate-dipped orange peels. You can find them at http://www.chocolatenecessities.com.

                                                                            1. I got this lovely chocolate-filled centerpiece from Le Rouge today. When my daughter comes home Sunday she is going to be stunned by the amazing chocolate.

                                                                              1. Vosges http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/

                                                                                When I lived in Chicago we would use them for client gifts. I went to their warehouse facility once... omg the smell....

                                                                                1 Reply
                                                                                1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                  Vosges has one of the most over the top Advent Calendars ! Sells out very quickly.


                                                                                  They even created a chocolate bar line tied in with the movie The Hunger Games: