Do you enjoy a good box of chocolates? I'm talking high end stuff ....

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  1. Dr. Tweedbucket

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    Someone gave me a big ol box of See's chocolates for Christmas and WoW! :eeks I am surprised at how good they are!

    Now, I expect TGP response that I don't know high end chocolate from a Budwiser, but really, these are pretty good quality IMO. :red


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    As long as there's a key included so I don't accidentaly bite into "crunchy frog" or coconut.
     
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    See's "Chocolate Almond variety" box is a big addiction for me.



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    TGP is like a highend box of chocolates. -forest gump's mom
     
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    I like the seasonal chocolates at Trader Joes and See's Candies


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    I like to make my own truffles...need to start with a high end base like Valrhona.
     
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    Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a block of See's Victorian toffee.

    I'm pretty ecumenical about chocolate, from Hershey's to boutique. For a splurge, Maison du Chocolate is stunning -- tiny little French chocolates with very intense flavor combinations (tea, etc.). They're expensive, and there are only a couple of storefronts in the US, but if you sign up for their email list, they send out free shipping offers before most major holidays.

    Vosges is good, too.
     
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    Over a three-year stretch, my job took me to Europe 3-4 times a year. Most trips routed me to Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.

    Usually stayed in EU countries for 7-10 days. Upon return to the US, I'd spend all my leftover Euros at the airport on Belgian and Dutch chocolates for family and friends. Always a big hit with everyone.

    Still scratch my head today on why we can't make chocolates like that in the US? What's the big secret? Gonna have to go online to see if I can buy some of the good stuff!

    Off to google!

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    This stuff is the sh!t...

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    Tom CT Old Supporting Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I don't think I've ever had truly "high end" chocolate. My favorite would be Toblerone. I know the chocolate sniffers will claim that it's <insert derogatory adjective here>, but it tastes really good.

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    My wife is a huge high end wine/ dark chocolate fan. We don't go often, but DUDEsweet chocolate and Chocolate secrets(owner is the dessert chef at the mansion on turtlecreek, a 5star restaurant) are awesome local chocolatiers in Dallas. The latter has jazz nights and wine tastings which can be a fun night- stuff gets expensive at $3/4/5+ a bite sized piece of chocolate :-X anniversaries, friends in town, that type event. Whole foods has some good stuff as well!

    Like gear... It doesn't have to be expensive to be freaking good ;)
     
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    Love this stuff!!!


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    Malley's , northeast Ohio. Not a connoisseur but best I've tasted.
     
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    We get a box of See's every year at work and I have never been impressed. Don't get me wrong, I still grab a piece here and there.

    I grew up on Esther-Price, which I always enjoyed, but my parents always kept it in the fridge to keep it longer. I haven't had it as an adult and I don't remember it ever being room temperature, so I couldn't tell you about the quality.

    At the direction of a candy chemist I know, I found that Maggie Lyon Chocolate here in Atlanta has some pretty good stuff, but they are mainly a wholesaler, but they are open to the public. So, pretty exclusive, local, and recommended by a pro, how is that for TGP snobbery?

    I wish I had the time to sample chocolate from some of the top manufacturers and judge from there. It's hard to level the field though with so many different formula's put together by each manufacturer.
     
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    Wow, off to Google!! :love:
     
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    Most of the chocolate sold is engineered for long shelf life and some for REALLY long shelf life. Good chocolate has no additives and it goes off in a hurry. If you REALLY want a treat, find one of the few places left in the country that still makes chocolates by hand. Most of the so-called boutiques aren't hand-made any more, they're really just small factories. If it's sold at a pharmacy or a supermarket or convenience store, it's not what the insiders would call high-end chocolate.
     
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