Gourmet Candy

November 9, 2010

The Cocoa Room Dragees - Pretty, Pop-able Candy Delights

I always wanted an old-fashioned candy dish. Not old fashioned in style perhaps, just the concept of having a pretty little dish out on display, with lovely little treats to enjoy throughout the day... The problem is, for me anyway, the dish always needs replenishing, ergo my waist would be expanding. So I am resigned NOT to purchase said lovely dish. However, around the holidays I do like to fill my little antique champagne bowls with something special when I have guests.

Enter, The Cocoa Room. These folks have elevated candy-coated chocolates to something modern and sophisticated and utterly addictive. The combinations of chocolate-covered, candy-coated seeds, nuts, dried fruits and other tasty tidbits are visually stunning, perfectly packaged in translucent boxes that showcase the array of colors and textures... and did I mention they're addictive?

The Cocoa Room offers a number of great fall-themed combos, but right now, I'm liking the Pumpkin Spice Eclectic Dragee Mix: pumpkin malted milk balls, white marble almonds and orange, yellow and white coated sunflower seeds. Very classic--if not a little kitchy--autumn colors. Or if you prefer something a bit richer in hue, try the Royal Eclectic mix: violet, gold and blue marble almonds with multi colored pistachios and sunflower seeds.

You can order them in 4, 8, or 12 oz sizes. Let's be honest, the 4 oz might make a great stocking stuffer or wedding favor, but I think I'd get a few different mixes in the 8 oz size. You'll need to refill that candy dish a few times. Probably before the guests arrive.

So Chic you may want to display them as Art, so delicious you won't be able to.

The Cocoa Room

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March 26, 2010

Easter Chocolates: Vosges Haut Chocolat, Exotic Bunnies - Deep Discounts

Wow, Vosges never ceases to amaze and intrigue with its inventive combos. From the Naga candy bar (curry, coconut flakes, Belgian chocolate) to the Red Fire (dark chocolate, cinnamon, ancho and chipotle chili peppers), these are not your father's Easter candies.

And who can forget the bacon chocolates...c'mon that's awesome!

Even better, these are on deep discount:

Red Fire Exotic Bunny - $8 (normally $12) - Check it out

Gianduja Exotic Bunny - $8 (normally $12) - Check it out

Comfort Easter Tower - $24 (normally $40) - Check it out

Exotic Easter Tower - $28 (normally $51) - Check it out

Mini Bacon Candy Bar Library - $16 (normally $25) - Check it out

More Vosges Easter Chocolates

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March 25, 2010

Easter Chocolates: Knipschildt Chocolatier, 50% Off Retail

Fan of milk chocolate? Good to hear. If so, you're going to go crazy over Knipschildt's bite-size Giandujas. They have a blend of ganache, mocha and hazelnut-infused gianduja. Cacao snobs might like the strawberry-champagne options better.

All Knipschildt chocolates are made from 71% Ecuadorian single-bean dark chocolate.

And even better, these Easter candies are deeply discounted, check it out:

Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate Enrobed Eggs - $16 (normally $25) - Check it out

Milk Chocolate Quail Eggs - $16 (normally $25) - Check it out

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Strawberry Champagne Truffles - $28 (normally $60) - Check it out

Gianduja Truffles - $28 (normally $60) - Check it out

Coconut Truffles - $28 (normally $60) - Check it out

Dark Chocolate Truffles - $28 (normally $60) - Check it out

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November 27, 2009

Candy Snob's Holiday Gift Guide

The Gift for the Kid in All of Us

Ultimate Dark Advent Calendar

All the excitement of childhood Christmases captured in seriously good dark chocolate. Also available in Milk Chocolateand Truffles.

A Rather Great Candy Gift for the Holidays

Rather Large Cracker

Spectacularly crammed with 40 chocolates just waiting to tumble out! Filled with a balanced selection of 40 chocolates to suit absolutely everyone. And including 12 Holiday hats and jokes, full chocolate menu indicating those chocolates with and without alcohol. Cracker measures a staggering 25in across.

Pure Liquid Happiness for the Holidays

Winter Liquid Chocolat

No...not THAT kind of liquid...chocolate! Easy-to-melt flakes of chocolate for a drinking chocolate like no other, brimming with deeply authentic and warming cocoa flavors.

What's In the Box!

Mahogany Chocolate Box

The Holy Grail of Pure Gourmet Chocolate.Take someone?s breath away with this dazzling assortment of 45 supreme hand-made French chocolates that sit in a beautifully decorated mahogany box. True to its name the sinfully delicious morsels that grace the interior of this case shall not remain there for long. As the eye-catching exterior and alluring aroma of each desirable creation begs to linger in your mouth you will quickly discover what makes our master chocolatiers world-renowned. This amazing collection is a testament to their genius and unbridled passion for the fine art of chocolate.

A Candy Gift for the Hipster in Your Life

Trendy Steel Colored Chocolate Box With Velcro Lock

Great chocolate and great stye, the perfect holiday candy gift combo. This sleek shimmering metallic colored box is a dazzling selection of 29 handmade French to-die-for chocolate confections. An epic temptation as all these divine chocolates were created by small artisan chocolate makers virtuosos of their craft. Each masterpiece will seduce your senses with an array of alluring aromas incomparable flavors and tempting textures. You can even select each and every chocolate for the ultimate personalized bliss.

Richart Balsamic Petit Richart Collection
Michel RICHART creates chocolates that are designed to develop and pursue the "Art of Tasting". While his chocolates seduce the eye, they are no less a revelation and complete pleasure for the palate. Flavors from the seven aromatic families are presented in a systematic way, which make this both a delicious and educational experience.

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July 16, 2009

Feed your chocolate addiction - Free Shipping on TCHO Chocolate

41pWvYHKa0L._SL500_AA280_.jpgAmazon's offering free shipping on any of the chocolate a day items from TCHO.

TCHO-A-DAY is a new product from TCHO, packaged in convenient 8 gram bars in easy-to-open clear jars. If you eat 10 pieces though, like I do, it defeats the purpose. But it is so good. They come in 30-, 60-and 90-daycontainers

  • Premium, dark, decadent, craft chocolate from San Francisco's only chocolate manufacturer

  • Assortment of "Chocolatey," "Fruity," "Nutty," and "Citrus" chocolate

  • No nuts in "Nutty" or fruit in "Fruity" just the inherent flavors of our carefully selected cacao beans

  • Dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, vegan and all natural.

Check out TCHO products

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July 15, 2009

The Purist's Library - Seven Single Estate & Origin Chocolates

The Purist's Library

The Purist's Library

Seven different, carefully selected bars taken from Hotel Chocolat's Purist range of single estate and origin chocolates. Perfect if you'd like to browse through the world of exciting chocolate made with some of the most sought after cocoa, including pure dark chocolates, high cocoa milks and extreme adventure recipes.

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July 13, 2009

70-Piece Chocolate Collection in Steel Colored Box

Trendy Steel Colored Chocolate Box With Velcro Lock (70 pieces)

Trendy Steel Colored Chocolate Box With Velcro Lock (70 pieces)

70 remarkably divine chocolates all hand crafted by award winning master chocolatiers virtuosos of their craft. Each masterpiece will seduce your senses with an array of alluring aromas incomparable flavors and tempting textures. You can even select each and every chocolate for the ultimate personalized assortment.

And it has a cool steel colored box, something you don't see every day with chocolates.

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July 1, 2009

Chocolates Inspired by Latin Philosophers

CIOCCOlatini are chocolates representing the most famous Latin philosophers, each one with a particular spice. The product won the Chocolate & Design Contest 2007.


From Playdesign via NOTCOT

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June 22, 2009

The Caramellow - Aptly named fusion chocolate

The Caramellow is one of the more beautiful and interesting pieces we've seen in awhile. Made up of mellow caramel chocolate and premium milk chocolate, with baby caramel chocolate buttons and florentine squares pressed into the top, as well as a sprinkling of crunchy crushed cinder toffee. And this bad boy is a 1 pound slab - 10" x 6"!


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November 27, 2008

CandySnob's Holiday Gift Guide

Gingerbread Caramels
These smell and taste like gingerbread but they have the smooth, creamy texture that could only come from the world's finest caramels. Made exclusively with the butter from the AOC-designated Charentes- Poiteau region of France, they simply melt in your mouth.

d&dcaramel.jpgDEAN & DELUCA Butter Caramels
A DEAN & DELUCA EXCLUSIVE. These caramels are made with rich butter from the AOC-designated Charentes-Poiteau region and are so smooth and creamy they melt in your mouth. Flavors include Chocolate, Coffee, Hazelnut and Vanilla.
via Dean and Deluca

Mallo Cups
Whipped marshmallow creme center engulfed by a delicious comibination of rich milk chocolate and coconut. 24 per box.

Valomilk; the original "Flowing Center" candy cup. Each package has two milk chocolate cups with a marsh-mallow center weighing a total of 2.2 ounces. A box of 24 packages
via I Love Mallo Cups

mosbaconbar.jpgVosges Mo's Bacon Bar
Breathe...engage your five senses, close your eyes and inhale deeply. Be in the present moment, notice the color of the chocolate, the glossy shine. Rub your thumb over the chocolate bar to release the aromas of smoked applewood bacon flirting with deep milk chocolate. Snap off just a tiny piece and place it in your mouth, let the lust of salt and sweet coat your tongue. applewood smoked bacon + Alder wood smoked salt + deep milk chocolate, 41% cacao.
via Vosges Chocolate

pocket_pates.jpgBackpacker's Pocket Paté- "Weatherproof Chocolate"
Shrink wrapped blocks of gourmet artisan chocolate. Deliciously convenient! This Original ChocolateSmith Creation is convenient, portable, and essentially weatherproof. Backpacker Pocket Pates are the perfect item to take with you on your next outdoor adventure! To eat, simply slice a wedge, peel off the wax and enjoy! All items are Handmade & Hand Dipped. Colors will vary. AVAILABLE FIVE FLAVORS: DARK CHOCOLATE, RASPBERRY, SUNSET ORANGE, NUTS & BERRIES, & PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIE.
via The ChocolateSmith

wine-chocolates-box.jpgSonoma County Winegrape Chocolates
16 Premium Chocolate Truffles Infused with wine grapes from Sonoma County's finest grape growing regions. Assortment: Russian River Pinot Noir Truffle, Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Truffle, Knights Valley Merlot Truffle, Chalk Hill Chardonnay Truffle.
via Sonoma Wine Grape Commission

maunaloa.jpgMauna Loa Macadamia Nut Gifts
Who wouldn't want a ticket to Hawaii in the middle of winter? If a plane ticket to the Big Island isn't in the gift budget this year, you might consider the next best thing... macadamia nut candies. It won't satisfy that sand-between-the-toes craving, but it will make the recipient feel warm and fuzzy inside. Choose from an assortment of baskets and boxes including milk chocolate covered macadamias, milk chocolate toffee covered macadamias, coffee glazed macadamias, dark chocolate covered macadamias and more!

tazacinn.jpgTaza Chocolate Mexicano Cinnamon
Our take on the infamous Ibarra disc, this is the simplest, most delicious chocolate you'll ever taste. Made only with our Mexican stone mills (molinos), this chocolate contains only three ingredients: roasted cocoa beans, cane sugar, and cinnamon stick. Whip up a rich, authentic taza de chocolate mexicano, or eat it as is!
via Taza Chocolate

plushpuffs.jpgPlush Puffs Gourmet Marshmallows
You can't have truly sinful and satisfying hot chocolate without the perfect marshmallow, floating in your mug and melting in all its gooey glory. Plush Puffs are available in yummy flavors like Vanilla Bean, Caramel Swirl and Peppi Mint. And so you don't feel too guilty about the indulgence, they're made from all natural ingredients.

dylansstraw.jpgDylan's Candy Bar Re-Treat
Get your candy fix with out taking a bite. Dylan's Candy Bar has a fun new line of body products at Sephora, all with your sweet tooth in mind. Finally, apply directly to hips with no weight gain.

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November 18, 2008

Ococoa Peanut Butter Cups Take It Up A Notch

choc-3.jpgI don't know if it is right to even call them peanut butter cups. They look more like truffles in denseness and richness. Not to mention the gourmet flavors - Cashew Apricot, Marzipan Truffle, Almond Cherry, and Classic Peanut Butter.

Check out the cups at Ococoa

Heads up from NOTCOT

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October 30, 2008

Monbana Chocolate Thin Cube

Monbana, a French chocolatier, recently has launched Le Cube à chocolat de Monbana. Its is a reusable cube shaped receptacle that holds different flavored chocolate thins. No more spreading your thins on a plate, trying to fan them into a nice presentation.

I'd tell you more about Monbana, but the website's in French. So anyone who wants to tell CandySnob readers more, let me know.

From TheDieline.com

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October 10, 2008

The Five Most Expensive Chocolates in the World

Knipschildt's Chocopologie - $2,600 per pound
$250 dark chocolate truffle with French black truffle


Noka Vintages Collection - $854 per pound
A compilation of the finest dark chocolates obtained from selective plantations in Venezuela, Côte d'Ivoire, Trinidad and Ecuador.

Delfee© - $504 per pound
Made by applying real 24K edible flakes of gold to each praline by hand.


Richart ©
- $120 per pound
Made up of 70% Criollo cocoa from Venezuela, which is considered to be the best quality of chocolate in the world.

Godiva "G" Collection - $117 per pound
Comprised of various ingredients and flavors like Palet d'Or, Tasmanian honey and Mexican Hot Chocolate.

From Thrifter

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October 8, 2008

ChocolateSmith Sampler Pack Has Arrived!

I'm very excited, my ChocolateSmith items have arrived. Thank you in advance to the folks at the Santa Fe based artisan chocolate company. I saw this company on Food Network's Road Tasted with the Neelys, and had to check them out.

Aside from the great flavor combinations, what struck me about these folks is that they called their chocolates "pate" - because they use cheese wax to cover their chocolates. Besides being a brilliant shipping move (my stuff arrived seemingly unscathed in 100 degree AZ heat), the wax itself serves as beautiful, one of a kind artwork. Wait until you see the photos of this stuff!

Stay tuned...

In the meantime you can check them out here.

Bob Wallace at Permalink | social bookmarking

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