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May 22, 2003

Chocolate
Posted by Teresa at 12:29 AM *

Not everyone is going to thank me for this, but: Chocosphere, selling goodies from 21 different world-class chocolatiers via the web.

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#1 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 12:46 AM:

Check out the variety of goodies from THIS spanish candy company. The "Jellies" page alone is mind boggling:

http://www.vidal.es/ingles/asisomos/listado.htm

(Found on Allen Varney's link page.)

#2 ::: Avram ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 01:21 AM:

I've seen at least four of those brands at Garden of Eden.

#3 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 07:23 AM:

Avram: Yes. Including the glorious Michel Cluizel Infini Noir. You can find stuff from several more of those chocolatiers at Bierkraft, on Fifth Avenue north of Union in Park Slope, along with a zillion kinds of beer, the best cheese selection in the Slope, and lots of other good things. We took Singer there, and he and the proprietors got on famously.

Stefan, I am amused but not boggled. For one thing, I've seen British novelty candies. For another, I'm familiar with Candy Warehouse. How can you doubt we live in a great civilization when you can buy 99 kinds of gummi/jelly candy -- that is, gummy Bears, Worms, Swedish Fish, Mini Swedish Fish, Army Men, Sour Patch Kids, Jujubees, Jujy Fruits, Sour Patch Fruity Gummi Candy, Coke Bottles, Sour Cola Bottles, Sour Blue Cola Bottles, Sour Cherry Cola Bottles, Sour Soda Bottles in Assorted Colors, Giant Gummi Cola Bottles, Cola Bottles, Mexican Hats, Hot Peppers, Hearts, Mickey & Friends, Cinnamon Bears, Black&White Penguins, Peachy Penguins, Killer Sharks, Baby Blue Gummy Sharks, Octopi, Turtles, Whales, Dolphins, Dinosaurs, Dino Heads, Sour Patch Tropical Fish, Alligators, Green Gummi Gators, Mini Frogs, Frogs, Swedish Berries, Sour Patch Pears, Sour Patch Tangerines, Juicy Fruit Jells, Fruit Salad, Peaches, Grapefruit Slices, Pink Grapefruit Slices, Bananas, Fruity Pasta, Apples, Sour Cherries, Twin Cherries, Strawberry Puffs, Strawberry Plus Cream, Strawberries, Raspberries, Red & Black Raspberries, Strawberries & Blueberries, Raspberries & Blackberries, Raspberry Dollars, Alphabet Letters, Sour Citrus Slices, Rings, Fruit Slices, Spearmint Leaves, Orange Slices, Spice Drops, Gum Drops, Powdered Fruit Lowcoom, Coconut Fruit Lowcoom, Super Sour Stars, Hot Cinnamon Bears, Super Hero Gummi's, Brains, Giant Gummi Brains, Teeth, Sour Stinky Feet, Hot Feet, Filled Strawberries, Spaceheads, Rattlers, Rats, Crocodiles, Dinosaurs, Tarantulas, Prehistoric Dinosaur Eggs, Looney Tunes, Dilberts, Sour Dilberts, Sour Gummi Wally Warheads, Chuckles, Sour Tongue, Watch, Sour Gummi Watch, Foot, Mini Cheeseburgers, Pizza, Junk Food, Build-A-Burger, Crows, Dots, Hawaiian Punch Chews, and Stock Cars? Makes you proud just to think of it.

#4 ::: Lisa ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 09:11 AM:

Chocoholics the world around thank you for the link....

#5 ::: sennoma ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 11:08 AM:

Be sure to look for the Fair Trade certification. Actually, as the Newman's Own Organics customer service rep pointed out to me, organically grown chocolate is almost always fair trade in nature, even if (as is the case with Newman's Own) they are not certified by the FTO, by virtue of the exacting standards required of organic farmers and the premium paid for their products.

*drools*

Thanks for the link!

#6 ::: Emma ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 11:55 AM:

Oh.My.God. DROOL!!!

#7 ::: Deborah Green ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 12:46 PM:

One of my students got me hooked on this chocolatier:

http://www.rococochocolates.com/products/book_special.php4

She bought 28 Artisan Bars and brought them to class. The combination of chili pepper chocolate and cinnamon chocolate has become my favorite.

Which reminds me, Teresa, I owe you a recipe!

Deborah

#8 ::: PixelFish ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 01:16 PM:

BTW, I've had Callebaut chocolates before reading this--Bernard Callebaut left his family in Belgium to start a chocolaterie in downtown Calgary. He's something of a local celebrity for Calgarians.

#9 ::: jam ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 06:35 PM:

El Rey (from Venezuela) is available at our local Fresh Fields (sorry Whole Foods). They have bars of bitter chocolate that are 73.5% cocoa solids. A chunk after dinner with an espresso . . . aaahh.

#10 ::: Alison Murray ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 08:04 PM:

Just the word chocolatier is delicious.

#11 ::: Steve ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 09:51 PM:

Vosges isn't currently selling their South American themed truffled (the chile-flavored one was incredible), but I am fascinated by the thought of their paprika-infused "Budapest".

#12 ::: Mary Kay ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2003, 10:16 PM:

Thanks for the link! I'm always happy to find a new source for chocolate. I haven't sussed out all the local places in Seattle yet. It's good to have a place to get Green & Black (unless that's Black & Green -- I can never remember). I've been thinking that my flourless chocolate cake might be even better made with Maya Gold, but it takes a whole pound.

MKK

#13 ::: AEL ::: (view all by) ::: May 23, 2003, 02:16 AM:

You've missed the Chocolate Lovers' Page and its lovely little search engine.

http://chocolocate.com/

#14 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: May 23, 2003, 08:10 AM:

Mary Kay, have I not told you about the big confectionery supply store a block from Tor that sells whole kilos of all the different Valrhona chocolates, often at cut rates if they have a little bloom on one side or have cracks running through them? We must go there when you're in NYC.

#15 ::: PixelFish ::: (view all by) ::: May 23, 2003, 12:42 PM:

BTW, if anyone ever runs across any little square chocolates with coloured designs "printed" on the top of them in funky flavours like curried sage truffle, please let me know. My bf got some for Christmas that were absolutely divine but I can't remember the name of the company that makes them.

To paraphrase Comic Book Guy: Best chocolates ever.

#16 ::: Mary Kay ::: (view all by) ::: May 23, 2003, 01:10 PM:

Teresa: Yes I believe you have mentioned it. As you know I'll be there soon. Don't forget we have a date for June 4. I shall ask for the address of said place at the very least

MKK

#17 ::: marty ::: (view all by) ::: May 23, 2003, 11:25 PM:

I am now a diabetic. But I have found that I can eat a bit of Scharfen Barger's chocolate from time to time. I also found some sugarless dark chocolate in England. That site is just too wonderful tho. I shared the url with friends who are drooling as we speak. Thank you.

#18 ::: Roger ::: (view all by) ::: May 25, 2003, 06:02 AM:

Nothing, but nothing is as good or life changing as Godiva chocolates!

http://www.godiva.com/welcome.asp

If you haven't tried them, do so. Their method of making chocolate is a secret, but inspired!

Dang! Their store is closed until tomorrow, and I need a fix . . . !

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