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I need delicious (spicy?) chocolate

ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
edited December 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
I want to get some nice chocolates for my fiance for Christmas. I could get one of the Godiva sets and I know she would be happy, but she's had Godiva. Can anyone make a suggestion for what to buy her? She is allergic to berries, hates citrus, loves the Open Oysters at Godiva, and loooooves spicy food.

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  • MushiwulfMushiwulf Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    At the local Cost Plus they have several chocolates made with different spicy peppers. No idea if they exist in Florida though.

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  • Hahnsoo1Hahnsoo1 Make Ready. We Hunt.Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Nearly every family-owned/non-chain chocolate shop has a variant of spicy chocolate. It's pretty good, and you'd be amazed at how spicy mixes with the chocolate. Don't look around for the chain stores... use teh Intarwebz to find a small private chocolate shop near your location. I don't know where you live, but a simple search in Tallahassee, FL (just as in example), brought up 4 entries. Also, check out this directory:
    http://edp.org/chocind.htm#Florida

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  • grungeboxgrungebox Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Cocoa bella is a chocolate shop with a web store. You can pick and choose individual chocolates, and they're all fantastic (much better than Godiva, which is basically like the Bose of chocolates– overpriced and overhyped).

    http://www.cocoabella.com/

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  • Matt_SMatt_S Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    The food co-op that I used to work at carries these. Delicious (and spicy) chocolates:

    http://www.cowgirlchocolates.com/index.shtml

    You can order online, too.

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  • ihmmyihmmy Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    http://www.lindt.com/1610/3429/3497/3852/4510.asp
    I haven't tried it personally, but when I used to work at Blockbuster (we sold it) I had some lady tell me it was the best chocolate she's ever had

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  • Mad JazzMad Jazz gotta go fast AustinRegistered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Vosage is a good brand that is sold and most places that sell above average chocolate (Whole Foods, Spec's, Central Market, etc.). Also, they make a chocolate bar with bacon and salt, which is probably the most delicious chocolate in the world.

    Hey, apparently you can order direct from them online. How about that.

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  • Nakatomi2010Nakatomi2010 Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Where in Florida are you? In Tampa, well New Tampa, there's an awesome chocolate shop called Solail Chocolates that has to die for chocolates... Every person I've sent there has always left happy... They have these awesome caramel squares that are basically blocks of caramel just dipped in chocolate... Not to mention chocolate alligators, I got a plane once... They can do special requests too... They made a chocolate ship for MOSI's Sunken Ship exhibit awhile back, then displayed it in their shop for awhile....

    http://www.soleilchocolates.com/

    Damn, I made myself want some, and they're closed today... :(

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  • LoveIsUnityLoveIsUnity Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    I ordered from Vosges when I lived in Tampa, and everything always worked out pretty well. They also have the most amazing chocolate ever: http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/

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  • HypatiaHypatia Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    If you want to do something really different get a bunch of different brands of chocolate and do a chocolate tasting with her, tasting a bunch of different dark or milk chocolates one after the other with fruit palate cleansers in between really gives you an appreciation of the differences.

    Other than that there are a ton of chocolate/candy shops. John and Kira's has some really interesting ones, Gail Ambrosius, Endangered Species has some really nice dark chocolate, etc etc.

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  • QuidQuid Definitely not a banana Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Spoon Fudge, while not a box of chocolates, is amazingly delicious chocolate, though I'm sorry to say they just stopped selling the spicy one.

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  • embrikembrik Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Candinas makes some awesome chocolate. You can order online for variety boxes, or you can call them for a custom order. I don't know if they do anything with spiciness, but you could call and ask them. I'm very lucky in that I live just down the street from them!

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  • Kris_xKKris_xK Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    It won't be super different, but you may wish to try British Milk Chocolate, preferably from Cadbury's. It can generally be found in a exotic Candy shops. I've had the best luck finding it however it british butchers (you know, the places that sell an inordinate amount of food stuffs with Kidneys in them)... I dunno why, but all the british butchers around my area carry it.

    If thats not available I'd second Candinas... Its good stuff.

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  • thepassengerthepassenger Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Green & Black's organic chocolates are pretty good, and they come in a variety of flavors (including a chile one!). I second the recommendation for Lindt's truffles/chocolates, they're pretty widely available, your local large super-market should ahve those available.

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  • Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Kris_xK wrote: »
    It won't be super different, but you may wish to try British Milk Chocolate, preferably from Cadbury's. It can generally be found in a exotic Candy shops. I've had the best luck finding it however it british butchers (you know, the places that sell an inordinate amount of food stuffs with Kidneys in them)... I dunno why, but all the british butchers around my area carry it.

    If thats not available I'd second Candinas... Its good stuff.

    That's a really cool idea - I may hit the world's food section of my supermaket, I know they have Cadbury's. It would be fun to get a bunch of stuff my wife's never tried in her Xmas stocking this year.

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  • PeenPeen Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    I'll second the guy who posted the LINDT link. Their chocolate is bitchin no matter what you get, but their spicy chocolate is especially excellent.

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  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    She isn't too into Lindt. I love 'em, but that doesn't matter.
    Still, you guys rock and have pointed me towards a few awesome looking places.

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  • Sir Headless VIISir Headless VII Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Not really what you asked but making chocolate truffles is really easy. It's literally melt chocolate, add cream (and maybe some other flavors), cool in fridge, shape, roll in coating. there is a recipe for spicy truffles here, I haven't tried it personally but it looks good.

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  • SarcastroSarcastro Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    She isn't too into Lindt. I love 'em, but that doesn't matter.
    Still, you guys rock and have pointed me towards a few awesome looking places.

    This sounds like you mean the chocolate balls, which are neat and somewhat tasty but aren't actually any kind of awesome for quality. The Lindt chocolate bars are way higher quality, and do indeed have awesomeness in them.

    Is Purdy's a canadian only thing? I can't turn around without stumbling over one here, and they are pretty decent in the 'this was just made this morning' vein of medium-high grade chocolatiers.

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited December 2008
    I ordered from Vosges when I lived in Tampa, and everything always worked out pretty well. They also have the most amazing chocolate ever: http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/

    They've got some cool flavors.

    Ethel's Chocolate also is a "boutique" place, thougfh I think they're owned by Big Chocolate (M&M Mars).

    http://www.ethelschocolate.com/

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