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Old 04-18-2007, 05:53 PM   #21
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Do you guys eat the 100% pure stuff straight?
With a cup of hot black coffee and a handful of whole natural almomds. A real flavor sensation.
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Old 04-18-2007, 11:29 PM   #22
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it is called Bittersweet - on college (the oakland side, not berkeley side) near rockridge bart - i stop by whenever i visit!
Thank you kindly, Bright eyed -- I'll be sure to go there next time I'm down that way.

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Old 04-18-2007, 11:43 PM   #23
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Old 04-19-2007, 12:52 AM   #24
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Scharffenberger is an american brand liked by many, though I'm not a huge fan except for their 40% cacao milk chocolate. But if you're in the Berkeley area, a tour of their small factory is great fun (with lots of free samples!)
they also have a restaurant attached to the factory - it is pretty good. They try to be too high end in my opinion and should just go straight for the comfort - yummy factor - but it is good and of course you can get choco baked goods too!
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Old 04-19-2007, 11:09 AM   #25
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I'm fond of Dagoba--seriously tasty stuff up to like 85% cacao, but they also do milk chocolates, lighter darks, and some bars with fruit and such in them (there's one with ground chiles that is DH's favorite). Plus they're fair trade and organic if that's something you care about in your candy purchases. If we're not feeling as PC that day, we go for Ghiradelli.
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Old 04-19-2007, 12:56 PM   #26
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they also have a restaurant attached to the factory - it is pretty good. They try to be too high end in my opinion and should just go straight for the comfort - yummy factor - but it is good and of course you can get choco baked goods too!
I also liked the restaurant. If going again, I'd definitely take the tour first before eating - we tried the restaurant just before the tour, and were lamenting that we were too full to take advantage of all the samples!
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Old 04-19-2007, 03:23 PM   #27
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As others have suggested, I think Trader Joe's has a good variety. I like their TJ's labeled Belgian chocolate. I also like Valrona. DW loves a belgian chocolatier called Leonidas. There's a store in Pasadena, CA where they claim they fly in the chocolate directly from Belgium.

While I hate the mass-market American chocolate, I think the stuff made in the UK like Cadbury's and Kit Kat (UK) is quite good, but you can only get the stuff at British speciality stores.

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Old 04-19-2007, 03:51 PM   #28
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I love Trader Joe's 72% Dark Chocolate (Imported from Belguim). Prevention Mag has an article on Chocolate this month --- some recommendations are: Dagoba Single Origin Los Rios (68%cacao);Chocolatour Tanzania Vintae 2005 (76% cocoa); Valrhona 2006 Chocolate Noir de Domaine Plantation Palmira (64% cocoa).
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Old 04-19-2007, 11:04 PM   #29
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Callebaut. Or, cheap 70% Lindt at Walmart.

Hershey and some others have milkfat added. I avoid, since there's good chocolates without milkfat.
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Old 04-23-2007, 06:53 PM   #30
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This doesnt quite fit in with the readily available- and if you really like it you might have to go back to w*rk for a while to afford a full fledged addiction- add a couple thousand to your nest egg.

A professor in law school introduced me to this. I say you try it at least once- well worth the adventure to me.

http://www.lamaisonduchocolat.com/en/

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Old 04-23-2007, 07:48 PM   #31
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They make perhaps the best chocolate candies I've ever had. (Truffles, caramels, creams, etc)

Not sure if still the same, but I used to stop at the counter at Bergdorf Goodman by Central Park, and get a few dollars worth. Which, at over $50 a pound, means a few very small candies.
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Old 04-24-2007, 10:50 AM   #32
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i luv their chocolate maccarons!

for cooking callebaut, valrhona.

since the holidays, i've ben making choclate truffle waffles on the weekend to use up the hefty Costco truffle box.

also Cadbury and Perugina, although i think the imported stuff is from a different recipie than what you get overseas.
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Old 04-24-2007, 01:35 PM   #33
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On a related note... the FDA is considering redefining "chocolate."
The change would allow manufacturers to substitute vegetable fats and oils for cocoa butter, yet still call the product "chocolate":

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/...opinion-center

I'll be checking the ingredient labels on my chocolate more closely if this goes through! There's still time to submit comments to the FDA until April 25th.


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Is it the FDA that once defined Ketchup as a vegetable? That was so good for Heinz!
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Is it the FDA that once defined Ketchup as a vegetable? That was so good for Heinz!
someone in the reagan administration to "allow" ketchup to count as part of nutrition programs going to kids...ketchup is mostly sugar - not even real sugar, high fructose corn syrup! :P
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I just googled this review of Hershey's Cacao Reserve:

taste test

Hmm, I might try the bar with nibs.
The hershey reserve is pretty good.
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Old 04-24-2007, 07:22 PM   #37
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On a related note... the FDA is considering redefining "chocolate."
The change would allow manufacturers to substitute vegetable fats and oils for cocoa butter, yet still call the product "chocolate":

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/...opinion-center

I'll be checking the ingredient labels on my chocolate more closely if this goes through! There's still time to submit comments to the FDA until April 25th.

over fifty percent of foods marketed for kids that have a fruit in the name have no fruit in them at all so it's not surprising!
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Old 05-07-2007, 12:59 PM   #38
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for ordering chocolate:

http://www.chocosphere.com/

my faves on that site are:

michel cluizel
dagoba
dolfin

my absolute favorite chocolate right now is l'artigiano extra fondente al sale dolce (italian dark chocolate with 'sweet' sea salt)

http://www.iluvchocolate.com/store/c...Chocolate.html

capable of improving even the foulest moods.
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Old 05-07-2007, 01:53 PM   #39
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i have a new half-baked idea for destroying your diet plan...half baked chocolate chip cookies.

this is much better than raw cookie dough. half-baked raw cookie dough.

here's what ya do: just half-bake them. 8 or 9 minutes max. then you put them right away into the fridge. chill for about a 1/2 hour and you have cooked raw chocolate chip cookie dough. mmmmmmmm. pure gluttony.
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here's what ya do: just half-bake them. 8 or 9 minutes max. then you put them right away into the fridge. chill for about a 1/2 hour and you have cooked raw chocolate chip cookie dough. mmmmmmmm. pure gluttony.
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