A splash of color here, an artful design there, these delicate works of art are a treat for the eyes, and for the palate. The chocolates (ganache, praline, coulis) are flown in from Paris, and displayed like jewels which some might even be--such as the silver dragée, an almond covered in silver. Chocolates $1.90 a piece.
7 East 55th Street (btwn Fifth and Madison Ave.)
phone: 1.212.371.9369, toll-free: 1.888.RICHART
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
The location has closed, spring 2005.
Hand dipped chocolates, truffles, and confections made in Durango, Colorado. Fancy candied apples that can be custom covered in a wide variety of candies and nuts, and Jane's ice cream are also served. Chocolates are $16.90-$17.90/lb, or $1.90 a piece.
125 Chambers Street (just east of West Broadway). phone: 1.212.349.7553, fax: 1.212.349.8349
Charbonnel et Walker's chocolate shop, and cafe is located on the 8th floor of Saks Fifth Avenue. On occasion, Godiva, Byrne & Carlson, Hediard, and other chocolates can be found on the shelves nearby. See listing for Charbonnel et Walker.
Quirky, and fashionable dessert place known for their signature dish, Frrrozen Hot Chocolate.
225 East 60th Street (bet 2nd & 3rd Ave) phone: 1.212.838.3531
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Sweet Serendipity: Delightful Desserts and Devilish Dish
by Stephen Bruce
Universe, 2004. 224 pp.
"Collection of the restaurant's best desserts, as well as tidbits of gossip from his years serving stars. The book's color photographs and lighthearted design capture the eclectic splendor of the Upper East Side destination ... the gossip, Bruce provides glimpses of Marilyn Monroe, wearing only a trench coat and eating Fudge Pie, and reveals that Sylvester Stallone was turned down for a waiter position because his astrological sign didn't meet the owners' approval. ... "
Located on the other side of the block from JAS Mart (see entry above), this Japanese mini supermarket stocks a few bars of Meiji, Lotte, and other Japanese chocolate bars.
Ilene Shane, the former personal chef to Ralph Lauren, has formed
SweetBliss dedicated to creating nouvelle chocolate novelties such as
chocolate covered potato stixs, SweetBliss clusters, and other gourmet
treats. Her chocolates can be purchased at Bergdorf Goodman, Chocolate
Bar, and online.
(no retail shop, business address) 252 Seventh Avenue, Suite 5i
phone: 1.212.246.0417, fax: 18.104.22.1683
Promoting social responsibility, and cultural diversity through chocolate-covered cacao nib "peaces" [pieces]. Their products can be purchased online, and from various stores. see their website for more details. Local nyc company.
office: 116 West Houston St.
factory address: ??
Candy franchise selling candies, and chocolates mix-and-match by the pound.
Port Authority Bus Terminal at 41st St, 2nd floor. 1.212.563.6739
· multiple locations, see also Queens, Westchester, and Long Island
The Sweet Life
This tiny candy store sells boxed candies, chocolates, nuts, and confections. Loose handdipped chocolates are also sold, but stick with the candy that is tightly wrapped in plastic. updated 2003-11-17.
Candy franchise selling generic candies, and cheap chocolates not worth mentioning are available mix-and-match by the pound in addition to Tasti D-Lite brand low-fat ice cream. See their website for all locations.
sweet and sour corp
Varsano features hand-dipped chocolates, chocolate dipped fruits and nuts, and truffles. The chocolate covered almond cluster with caramel is terrific. The shop is a neighborhood favorite. Moved to new location in November 2006.
Luxurious chocolates, chocolate confections, and brownies that are organic, vegan, and gluten-free; has inulin added. Their chocolates can be purchased online, and from various retailers, see their website for more details. The factory is also open to the public Fridays 12-6pm.
· (no retail shop, factory address) 12 West 27th St, 6th Fl.
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Designer, chic truffles made in Chicago by Katrina Markoff delicately balancing chocolate with pure flavors found in Asian, and Western cuisine. Vosgue's signature flavors include Black Pearl (ginger, wasabi and sesame seeds), Naga (coconut, and curry), and Budapest (paprika). In addition, a collection of special limited edition flavors, e.g., kaffir leaves, Thai pandan leaves, green tea and cheery flavored, etc. are introduced each lunar month. Truffles are $1.90-$2.00 each, or in gift boxes of 9 for $21, 16 for $35, or 32 for $65. Hot chocolate, and confections are also available. opened Aug 2003.
132 Spring Street (btwn. Greene & Wooster St.)
phone: 1.212.625.2929, toll-free: 1.888.301.YUMM
Huge Texas-based supermarket featuring a wide selection of organic and natural foods and groceries, and expensive fresh produce. They also features an excellent selection of organic, and fair-trade chocolate at a good price. Selection may depend on the Whole Foods store location. In general, they may/may not carry Valhrona, Callebaut, El Rey, Scharffen Berger, and Yamate (sugar-free) chocolate. They may also carry a selection of chocolate bars from Chocolove, Cloud Nine, Green & Black (organic label), Fran's, Dagoba (organic label), Newman's Own, Nirvana, Rapunzel, Scharffen-Berger, Vivandi, and the Whole Foods Market 365 house brand. They also sell hand-made chocolates from Knipschildt, Payard, and Anna Shea; in the past they carried Christopher Norman, and Jubilee chocolates. updated 2007-10-17.
· 250 Seventh Ave (corner of 24th St) ph: 1.212.924.5969, fax: 1.212.924.9923
· 10 Columbus Circle, lower level (Time Warner Center, 59th St & Columbus Circle) opened spring 2004.
· 4 Union Square South (at 14th St/Broadway/University Pl.) opened 2005.
· 229 Chrystie St (at East Houston/Bowery, Avalon Chrystie Place, opening 2007.)
· (see Brooklyn page for details on Whole Foods Market in Brooklyn.)
opened spring 2003, closed 2004.
Tiny SoHo candy shop sells old-fashioned style gourmet candies mix-and-match by the pound along with deluxe confections from around the world. Hershey's ice cream, and Moonstruck Chocolate truffles are also available as well as drinks, and hot chocolate.
51 Wooster Street (btwn. Grand & Broome St.) phone: 1.212.431.9683, fax: 1.212.431.9684
Superb gourmet emporium with a great appetizing and cheese counter. About a dozen brands of chocolate bars are sold here at a fair price including some small artisinal european brands that the store may test-market, then never ever stock again. They have Cluizel, Cote d'Or, Dagoba, Ghiradelli, Koppers candy, Lazzaroni, La Nouba, Lindt, Maestrani, NewTree, Perugina, Ritter Sport, Scharffen Berger, Schokinag, Valhrona.