FRENCH FINDS

annik

POSTED: Sat, 04/18/2009 - 4:42pm

What's your favorite chocolate?

 Share your discoveries, your passions, your can't-live-without brand.
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Sophie

POSTED: Tue, 03/28/2017 - 6:20pm

Favorite chocolate

Dove dark.

Catriona

POSTED: Mon, 07/29/2013 - 3:48am

Amélie chocolat

Is anybody apart from Marilyn based in the UK? Or continental Europe? Because quite simply the best chocolate I've ever found comes from Amélie chocolat. Amélie is based in the South of England, but if I let them know I've forgotten a birthday, or need something in a hurry, they'll rush it out to me (or the recipient). And I'm not even on the internet back home, so have to dictate all my instructions over the 'phone. (I know - dinosaur!). I live on an incredibly remote island of the Hebrides, but no parcel has ever taken more than 48 hours to arrive (post free-of-charge). On the mainland, it's next day (even if you don't pay for the guaranteed service). And trust me, this is seriously special Belgian chocolate, hand-made by a small chocolatier in Bruges. To die for!! And just opening it is such a sensual pleasure. The packaging is truly exquisite.

Since writing all the above, I've checked. They DO ship worldwide but it costs £12.00 irrespective of weight. Now THAT'S an excuse to overindulge, if ever there was one - the heavier the parcel, the cheaper the postage seems. So ex-pat Scots: beware!!!

snorklee

POSTED: Tue, 07/30/2013 - 10:15pm

Love of chocolate...

Catriona, Amelie chocolate sounds divine! Is it possible that you and Jenny la Guerlain know each other? She also posted below about Amelie. I must see if I can try this chocolate, since they do seem to ship world wide.

Catriona

POSTED: Wed, 07/31/2013 - 6:40am

For Snorklee

Not as far as I'm aware! But I have a sister called Jenny, living on the Scottish mainland. And I will definitely have sent her Amelie chocolate. I can't imagine that she's part of this community though, simply because I think she would have told me about it, but I'll ask her!! Intriguing. I found you all because my daughter had made friends here. I wanted to be part of this supportive community, and to learn from you all. And I have!! If you do try Amélie, enjoy!! :-)

kb1957

POSTED: Wed, 07/31/2013 - 10:17am

Catriona

......Nice to read you! Please give us an update on Mairi, and let her know we are thinking of her......I see the boys on the facebook page. Kathleen

Catriona

POSTED: Wed, 07/31/2013 - 10:22am

Thank you Kathleen

One of us will be in touch. Better not stray away from the serious business of chocolate on this thread, though! We'll write. :-)

kb1957

POSTED: Wed, 07/31/2013 - 10:15am

Catriona

......Nice to read you! Please give us an update on Mairi, and let her know we are thinking of her......I see the boys on the facebook page. Kathleen

snorklee

POSTED: Tue, 07/30/2013 - 10:15pm

Love of chocolate...

Catriona, Amelie chocolate sounds divine! Is it possible that you and Jenny la Guerlain know each other? She also posted below about Amelie. I must see if I can try this chocolate, since they do seem to ship world wide.

NewMe (not verified)

POSTED: Mon, 07/29/2013 - 6:15pm

Catriona

This chocolate must be delicious.Tempted to send for some.oxo

MollyA

POSTED: Sun, 07/28/2013 - 1:18pm

Scharffen Berger Artisanal Dark

Love their 70% and 82% dark chocolate bars especially b/c packaged in 1oz bars with 4 "blocks" and I can easily carry in my purse. Delicious! oxo

snorklee

POSTED: Sun, 07/28/2013 - 9:23pm

Ghirardelli

Ghirardelli Sea Salt Soiree is my love right now. What is it about sea salt and dark chocolate? It sings it's siren song to me. lol.

NewMe (not verified)

POSTED: Sun, 07/28/2013 - 7:21pm

The name sounds "chocolate"

You'll have to take me to the place you buy it when I come to NYC,please.

Anita

POSTED: Thu, 10/18/2012 - 4:03pm

Honestly? It's hard to find quality chocolate these days!

I love chocolate, but when I have one it has to be quality chocolate. I noticed that a lot of brands now add fillers and all these preservatives and artificial flavors..And I'm like really? I find it really disappointing! How sad!!!! Cocoa beans are so precious, so beautiful! Why turn it into an inferior product?! I used to love some swiss brands which I will not mention, but I noticed they changed their ingredients to lower grade, so...no more! When I have a craving, I can now find good chocolate at health stores, the fairtrade stuff, they have beautiful dark chocolate tablets, they're all natural, with just cocoa, cocoa fats and sugar! When I go back for more, I'll mark the names down and let you all know. Also, if you're looking for a good quality cocoa powder...the best one is from Van Houten!!!!! Please check that out, try it, you will not be disappointed. This cocoa is in my opinion one of the best in quality, it has a deep dark brown color, it's a silky texture, and rich in taste, and probably rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins for sure. It's appearance is so healthy, this is fantastic for baking, I made some of the best chocolate desserts with that. The crazy chocolate nutjob, Anita <3 <3 <3 x o x o x

JSB

POSTED: Fri, 10/19/2012 - 12:09am

Dear Fellow Chocolate Nutjob

I agree;the best are the fair trade organic chocolates,such as Camino(Canadian made).There are others whose names escape me.But when I see them again I'll post them here.OXO

Anita

POSTED: Fri, 10/19/2012 - 11:28am

:::blushing nutjob:::::

I never tried the Camino bars! I should! And I didn't even know it was canadian made!!! xoxo

Jenny la Guerla...

POSTED: Sun, 05/20/2012 - 12:30pm

Amélie chocolat

OK, it's Belgian, but for my money it beats the best Swiss chocolate hands down. Everything is hand-made with infinite care to detail. Mmmm....just thinking about it sends me into a trance-like state. It's as much a feast for the eye as for the palette: http://www.ameliechocolat.co.uk (they post worldwide!)

coco1960

POSTED: Wed, 12/28/2011 - 6:45am

Candy Cane Kisses !

Hersey's Candy Cane Kisses for this time of year. white chocolate with bits of minty candy canes mixed in. Also great on top of chocolate drop cookies...similar to a peanut blossom cookie. Do any of you have a seasonal treat you enjoy ? xo Mj

snorklee

POSTED: Sun, 07/28/2013 - 9:20pm

Oh, oh, oh!

Ghirardelli has a peppermint bark that is seasonal too. White chocolate with peppermint candy cane pieces in it. Smooth and minty! I wait all year to indulge at Christmas time. :)

sophievans

POSTED: Tue, 11/22/2011 - 4:37pm

Chococo

To all those who love chocolate...By far the best chocolate shop I have encountered is Chococo that is in Swanage, Dorset. When ever I visit Swanage I insist on visiting the little shop that is hidden behind the main high street. There is a range of handmade chocolates that will satisfy the finest tastes. There is also a cafe attached where you can enjoy their produce. http://www.chococo.co.uk/ Enjoy!!!

Meems

POSTED: Thu, 09/08/2011 - 4:55pm

Nonnie Waller's

All day dark chocolate turtles; a taste of heaven here on earth! Or maybe it's the truffles....or, my gosh, I can't exactly say because EVERYTHING is wonderful!

Lillybo

POSTED: Thu, 09/08/2011 - 2:29pm

Montezuma's or Green and Blacks

Both are exquisite, I really enjoy the 73% dark chocolate mini bars from Montezuma. They are just the right size for a treat.

Musique

POSTED: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 5:56am

Christopher Elbow

It's not the easiest on the budget (at $7 each), but his chocolate bars are fabulous. And he's American! My favorite is No.1 70%: dark.

I also agree with Mireille that Valrhona is a great brand. Nothing beats their chocolate covered hazelnuts and almonds.

And if you're ever in Lyon, France... Do stop by Bernachon for some orangettes or a selection of numerous other delectable treats.

JSB

POSTED: Thu, 03/31/2011 - 7:38am

Chelsea Truffles

Their Organic Dark Chocolate bar is really delicious.It is a Canadian company from Chelsea Quebec,which is across the river from Ottawa Ontario.I believe the Chef is local and Cordon Bleu and Belgium trained.Pricey but worth it.They reently began selling in area shops.It is great to find local talent and support it.

Ava

POSTED: Fri, 07/09/2010 - 2:44pm

Another to add to my list is...

...Hotel Chocolat - 100% dark. Yum! That's all I need say :-)

Ava

POSTED: Fri, 07/09/2010 - 1:59pm

Another to add to my list is...

...Hotel Chocolat - 100% dark. Yum! That's all I need say :-)

Shirley 1944

POSTED: Wed, 07/07/2010 - 10:17am

I have just discovered

Lindt dark chocolate with a touch of sea salt. Yummmmmm! Shirl

mcormier

POSTED: Fri, 07/09/2010 - 5:44pm

I have also discovered...

Lindt, with a hint of sea salt...I agree...yummy! For something a bit unusual but also very yummy...try the Lindt dark chocolate with a hint of Chilli...it sounds odd,but it is REALLY delicious! Enjoy!

Nya_Nya

POSTED: Sat, 07/10/2010 - 2:23am

I've tried the one with chili

I've tried the one with chili and it really is delicious. But I haven't tried chocolate with salt yet. I'll choose that one next time, if I can find it!

Jay

POSTED: Tue, 12/20/2011 - 12:40am

Chocolate with Chili....

I'm new to this website so this will be my first comment, I wanted to express that chocolate with chili was absolutely delicious. Although the first time I tasted it was part of a joke I played on my cousins...while they were spitting up the chocolate I gave them I tried a piece-tasted it and found it delightful.

JSB

POSTED: Wed, 12/21/2011 - 12:00am

Welcome Jay!!

Love spicy chocolate,too.Tell us more about you,please.Jean

Jay

POSTED: Fri, 12/23/2011 - 9:59pm

Thank You For The Warm Welcome

Not much to tell...raised in Orange County, California. Completely obsessed with the 60's & anything French(seriously my room is a shrine to the French style), in my third year of French(two in h.s. and one in college), and saving all of my money to try and go to Paris. Thank you for asking Jean and it would be great to know more about you.

JSB

POSTED: Mon, 12/26/2011 - 9:33pm

Helo Jay

You are welcome.I hope you are having a lovely holiday time.Oh yes do save your pennies for fabulous Paris.I long to go back.

Just returned from Montreal,where we spent Xmas with dear friends.My sister recently moved back to Canada after many years in L.A.

What is it you like best about the 60's?

My room too is French in feel.Look at the blog called French Essence and dream.
Bon soir .OXO Jean

Jay

POSTED: Tue, 12/27/2011 - 6:34pm

Happy Holidays

I hope you had a great time over Christmas with your family. To answer your question the thing I loved the most from the 60's was the music...but the people coming together fighting for a common cause and the decline of ethnocentric ways of thinking were close seconds. Thank you for the name of the blog I will be sure to look for it as soon as I can.

JSB

POSTED: Tue, 12/27/2011 - 6:50pm

Good Evening Jay

I totally agree with your take on the 60s.Since I am a child of that time(more teenager/young adult)the memories are deep and I wish for those values to return.And the music was amazing...it was fulfilling.i would like your opinion of the blog.OXO

Marilyn

POSTED: Tue, 12/27/2011 - 4:38am

Hello Jay

From an English francophile. You will love Paris.

As a teenager of the 60's I can understand your love for those years.

Another French blog for you is 'My French Country Home'. There is 'French Kissed' as well.

Jay

POSTED: Tue, 12/27/2011 - 6:41pm

Thank You

I finding it pretty hard to hide my jealousy of you for being from such a creative and fascinating time. I do hope one day to travel to Paris but til then thank you so much for recommending these blogs I'll check them out as soon as I can.

Marilyn

POSTED: Tue, 06/08/2010 - 3:51pm

Fleur de sel

Found a chocolatiere not far from the cottage (by car) that sells chocolates with fleur de sel. Treated myself but will go back for more.

JSB

POSTED: Tue, 06/08/2010 - 5:07pm

France envy

coupled with chocolate envy.I am truly green.So pleased you are having a good time.OXO

nix21

POSTED: Wed, 06/02/2010 - 10:20pm

Hmmmmm

All Swiss chocolate is extremely good, if you like Belgian chocolate, you'll probably like Swiss too. My favourite though, would have to be Cadbury's Turkish Delight, or Black Forest. Chocolate is a major food group right? If not, who cares? It should be! The Lindt Fleur de Sel sounds intriguing, I'll have to start looking.

JSB

POSTED: Thu, 06/03/2010 - 6:08pm

Chocolate

Top of the Food Chain.

sammijean06

POSTED: Sat, 04/03/2010 - 11:34pm

tiffany + chocolate

This was actually a marvelous discovery on my behalf + compeletly accidental. I had just returned home from Afghanistan last year and decided to treat myself to a trip to New York City (stayed at the Kitano New York - such a cute midtown hotel away from the noisy distractions of Time Square). Well, during this trip, I also wanted to treat myself to a new Tiffany necklace I spotted while deployed. Off to Wall Street I went! Let me say this now, it was February and EXTREMELY cold. I had just come from the desert and was not accustomed to this weather yet. I digress, I made my selection + purchase at Tiffany and stepped outside and was almost knocked over by a gust of wind. I started to walk and made it about 10 steps before I needed more warmth & sprinted to the nearest shop which happened to be La Maison du Chocolat. Oh my gosh. Not only was this place gorgeous with accents of gold every place I looked, the intense smell of the richest dark chocolate enveloped me and consumed my every breath. It was DELICIOUS. I knew right then and there I could not leave without something, anything, from this store.

Then began my search. I spent close to a half hour sizing up every delicious morsel until I decided what to purchase. I chose the dark chocolate covered pralines and a box of macarons (my first try of this delicious treat). I've never been more obsessed with a dessert before. While their chocolate is good I think their macarons are even better (but I still LOVE their chocolate - it's my favorite by far!)

kellykelly

POSTED: Tue, 06/29/2010 - 3:50am

ok my mouth is watering. ur

ok my mouth is watering. ur story was incredible. now i got to go to NY and try la maison du chocolat....maybe go to tiffanys to! lol i saw ur photo... i luv audrey to! u might like these pages http://audrey1.com (fan site) http://charliebanks.wordpress.com/ (audrey blog...where i found out about FWDGF)

Marilyn

POSTED: Thu, 03/25/2010 - 2:11pm

Not well

I'm full of cold, snivelling and sneezing so treated myself to 2(!) bars of Green and Blacks chocolate. Maya Gold, beautifully spicey, and Mint. After all they do say 'feed a cold and starve a fever'. Going to curl up with my chocolate and a book.

JSB

POSTED: Tue, 03/30/2010 - 8:09am

Are you feeling better?

The saying is feed everything that ails you good chocolate.:-))

Marilyn

POSTED: Tue, 03/30/2010 - 9:28am

Much better

I'm much better, thank you. AND I ate all the chocolate. It was soooooo scummy. No more for a little while I think!!!

Marilyn

POSTED: Tue, 03/30/2010 - 9:29am

Whoops

Meant scrummy not scummy.

snorklee

POSTED: Thu, 03/25/2010 - 7:11pm

I believe the saying goes....

Feed a cold chocolate and starve a fever. lol. Hope you feel better, Marilyn.

Marilyn

POSTED: Fri, 03/26/2010 - 8:34am

Good

Thanks, Deb. I feel less guilty about the choc now!!! The cold is still with me. Can't believe that I have been fine all winter and now that Spring is here I get a cold!!!! Will be fine soon. Going to 'do a Jas' on my shoes this afternoon I think. Shopping in my wardrobe again!!!

jas

POSTED: Fri, 03/26/2010 - 4:06pm

I hope you feel better

I hope you feel better Marilyn. You Jas plans, chocolate plans and resting plans sound divine! Simply divine

jojobean

POSTED: Wed, 03/24/2010 - 5:24am

Valrhona heaven

Love Valrhona chocolates! So smooth and delicious! love baking with it too! and if you haven't tried their hot chocolate! You must! Maison du Chocolat isn't bad either! Great stuff!


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