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Favorite chocolate candy

Post by buckeye7983 » Sat Feb 28, 2015 7:30 am

What's your favorite chocolate candy?

I'll go first. See's candy. Specifically, the "Nuts and Chews". Even more specifically, the caramel with dark chocolate.

How about you?

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by Bustoff » Sat Feb 28, 2015 7:53 am

For me, Sees and Lindt taste the best. Godiva is the worst.

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by pointyhead » Sat Feb 28, 2015 7:58 am

Any!! But I always like when Trader Joe's sells the 10 Pack of chocolate bars from various countries. Really interesting tastes.

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Post by angelescrest » Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:12 am

I pretty much don't care for anything American made other than some Ghirardelli, and only because I lived near SF for a while and have nostalgic memories of going to their store there as a young student.

When I was in Germany and Austria, we went to various chocolate stores and everyone was raving about Spanish chocolate. I have to say, they are doing some incredible things with chocolate. But, that was a couple years ago and I am not able to import what I want. As far as chocolate that is somewhat easy to come by, I really enjoy Ritter Sport.

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Post by tigermilk » Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:22 am

Anything dark and that usually costs a lot. After many trips to Europe, tasting the wonderful chocolates of Turin, Brugge, Paris, ... I can't stomach anything that says Hersheys or Mars.

For cheap stuff, wife and I are both addicted to Trader Joes dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Other than that it's whatever non-mainstream bar we find on sale at Central Market or Whole Foods.

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Post by letsgobobby » Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:26 am

Alma makes an astounding cherry hazelnut bar.

http://www.almachocolate.com/

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Post by alpenglow » Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:31 am

Burdick Chocolate is outstanding (but I'm not so sure the price is Boglehead approved). They are my wife's favorite.

http://www.burdickchocolate.com

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Post by Cosmo » Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:46 am

tigermilk wrote:Anything dark and that usually costs a lot. After many trips to Europe, tasting the wonderful chocolates of Turin, Brugge, Paris, ... I can't stomach anything that says Hersheys or Mars.

For cheap stuff, wife and I are both addicted to Trader Joes dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Other than that it's whatever non-mainstream bar we find on sale at Central Market or Whole Foods.
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Post by tidelandp » Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:14 am

buckeye7983 wrote:See's candy. Specifically, the "Nuts and Chews". Even more specifically, the caramel with dark chocolate.
Nuts and Chews. And Toffee-ettes, too. I'm a native of the Bay Area. See's will always be a sentimental favorite.

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by dolphinsaremammals » Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:41 am

See's key lime truffles.

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by FreeAtLast » Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:59 am

Regular M & M's! (just a dumb redneck compared to the rest of you fancy folk).
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Post by jebmke » Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:07 am

FreeAtLast wrote:Regular M & M's! (just a dumb redneck compared to the rest of you fancy folk).
I like M&Ms too but they are too sweet to eat many.

We got hooked on Marcolini dark chocolate in Brussels but it isn't available in the US.
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Post by Toons » Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:15 am

I keep a bag of these around ALL the time :happy

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by 4nursebee » Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:18 am

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by Kenkat » Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:04 am

I like See's a lot. It used to be a special item I would purchase when I flew somewhere west, but now they also sell it at the Cincinnati airport, so some of the scarcity allure is gone. That hasn't stopped me from buying it though... :D

There is a local candy maker based in Dayton, OH called Esther Price (named after the founder) that I also really like - a box of the light and dark chocolates will last me awhile. More traditional than See's with things like chocolate covered cherries, turtles, caramels, opera creams, etc.

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by Kenkat » Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:08 am

Dammit now I'm hungry!

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Post by nisiprius » Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:27 am

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Taza Stone Ground Mexican-Style Chocolate--the "Chocolate Mexicano" disks. Cinnamon, if I must pick a flavor. You're supposed to use them to make liquid hot chocolate but my wife and I just eat them. There are sugar crystals in it that give it an interesting gritty texture. Definitely not a frugal purchase.

We also like the Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs, chocolate-covered-chocolate, what's not to like? I don't think I can call it a "favorite" because it's so expensive ($16.50 for 8 ounces) that we've only bought it once. My wife made a pan of brownies and sprinkled these densely over the top--I didn't think there was a way to improve on her brownie recipe, but that's the way.
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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by jeff1949 » Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:30 am

I'm easy........a Dove Bar works for me.

But if I have to go fancy I would go for this: http://www.vanduyns.com/dangos.html

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by reneeh63 » Sat Feb 28, 2015 3:23 pm

Godiva almond butter domes....Trader Joe's Pistachio Dark Chocolate Toffee

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Post by obgraham » Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:34 pm

Got some really superb Ecuadorian chocolate this last year. Airports in Quito and Guayaquil full of it.

But sometimes it's just Reese's Pieces I want. Nothing wrong with plebeian tastes, IMHO. Not wise to buy a big bag of them!

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by topper1296 » Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:32 am

Good ole American made Hershey works for me.

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by Mudpuppy » Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:25 am

I overdid it on See's candies as a child. They had multiple locations in the town I grew up in, including one by my childhood home.

My personal go-to for day-to-day chocolate right now is a variety of Trader Joe's dark chocolate items. I usually get the dark chocolate covered raisins or the small three-pack of 72% dark or dark+almonds. The larger bars are also good (particularly the Swiss 72% dark in the green label), but it's much easier to break off a square from the smaller, thicker bars in the three-pack and save myself from eating too much.

Ghirardelli will do in a pinch, such as when traveling somewhere without a Trader Joe's nearby.

Of course, after reading this article about heavy metal contaminants, I might change my eating habits. But then again, the cited consumer watchdog group does not provide actual measured levels, just "good" or "bad" categories based on the rather strict California Prop 65 levels, so perhaps the article should be taken with a large grain of salt: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-y ... ooooooooo/

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by nisiprius » Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:23 am

buckeye7983 wrote:...See's candy...
I have to ask... do you own Berkshire Hathaway stock?
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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by OldOne » Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:36 am

Cadbury Creme Eggs

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Post by kaneohe » Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:07 pm

DW loves stuff from here https://www.franschocolates.com/ and flies to Seattle from N.CA for the day just to pick some up several times a yr.
If she has these in hand, the Sees don't get touched. Note that the prices are not shown until you are 2-3 pgs in. Maybe that's also why they don't give samples unless you ask...........in response, they would tell you that shipping is on the house........better be at those prices.

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by rayout » Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:17 pm

Walgreens' house brand makes a very good dark chocolate bar. "Delish" Midnight Dark - 70% cacao. ~$2/3.5 oz bar.

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Post by nisiprius » Sun Mar 01, 2015 5:53 pm

OldOne wrote:Cadbury Creme Eggs
Oh, yes. Especially when they go on sale after Easter.
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Post by sevenseas » Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:09 pm

I have eclectic tastes when it comes to chocolate...am happy chowing down on Reeses Peanut Butter cups or a Snickers bar, Ritter Sports bars (favorites include the one with cornflakes, and the strawberry yogurt bar), See's, etc. but can appreciate higher-end artisanal type chocolate too. In the latter category, a recent favorite is Poco Dolce from San Francisco. Not cheap, but the bittersweet chocolate tiles (love the sesame toffee) are great.

http://pocodolce.com/collections/tiles

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by tim1999 » Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:13 pm

Ghiradelli Vanilla Dream dark (60%) chocolate.

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Post by tylerdurden » Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:31 pm

Ferrero Rocher.
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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by Go Blue 99 » Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:06 pm

Dark chocolate, at least 72%. Ghirardelli and Endangered Species make good quality dark chocolate at a reasonable price.

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Post by marcos123 » Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:17 pm

Ghirardelli Dark with Caramel

Lindt 85%

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Post by Rob5TCP » Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:35 pm

Jacques Torres is my favorite high end chocolate; their dark chocolate with praline or liquor combinations are incredible. They used to be produced about 1 miles from where I live; but no longer produce it there.

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Post by buckeye7983 » Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:38 pm

nisiprius wrote:
buckeye7983 wrote:...See's candy...
I have to ask... do you own Berkshire Hathaway stock?
Good question! Only via Vanguard Total Stock Market Index fund. :D

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by TexasPenny » Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:03 am

See's Dark Chocolate Truffle and Dark Chocolate Chip Truffle. 1/2 box of each. Done. Don't forget if you're near a Costco, they usually have 2lb coupons for much less than the rate in the store.

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by sunnywindy » Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:45 am

Green & Black's 85% Dark!!
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Post by sci fi » Tue Mar 03, 2015 1:57 am

I know it's not a candy technically but I really like Haagen-Dazs dark chocolate chip gelato.

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Post by curmudgeon » Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:03 am

Not a candy, but Chuao Spicy Maya Drinking Chocolate. Just the right hint of cayenne to add vibrancy to a decadent drink. American artisanal chocolate shops sometimes seem to try too hard for edgy flavors that don't really convince me, but that drinking chocolate was exceptional. For eating chocolate, I give the edge to the good Belgian chocolatiers, but I don't get there often enough to make them a habit, and the imports in the stores here don't seem quite the same.

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by digarei » Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:45 am

Candy companies and their products change over time. Godiva chocolates were extraordinary in the 1980s... but now? Yuck.

On a road trip through southern Missouri a few years ago we encountered a Russell Stover factory store where I was surprised to see for sale two versions of mixed chocolates, both 1 pound boxes: the "retail" variant sold for about one-half the price of the "factory special." I can attest to the superior quality of the factory version. I have no idea if the better chocolates are made available in specialty stores but I would otherwise avoid the undistinguished retail version of Russell Stover.

I also like See's chocolate and truffles.
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Post by dumbbunny » Wed Mar 04, 2015 2:38 am

Kirkland macadamia caramel clusters
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Post by DSInvestor » Wed Mar 04, 2015 2:48 am

Cadbury Flake
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Post by Editron » Thu Mar 05, 2015 1:53 am

I used to live not far from Lake Champlain Chocolates. Excellent chocolates and seasonal specials. If you're passing through Burlington, Vermont, stop in for the factory tour and free samples. Then fill a bag with factory seconds that taste just as good as the full-price chocolates. They ship, too. http://www.lakechamplainchocolates.com/

Aside from Lake Champlain, we go for Lindt dark with sea salt.

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by DDMP20 » Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:11 am

I like the Endangered Species 88% dark chocolate. Even though it's very strong my toddlers like it too.

http://www.chocolatebar.com/

I think someone mentioned Hershey's earlier. Hershey's chocolate tastes like vomit.
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JohnF wrote:Fanny Farmer
I didn't know that they do mortgages and chocolate.

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by stoutglass » Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:14 pm

Seasonal Reese's Peanut Butter Bunny/Egg/Pumpkin/Snowperson/Heart/etc

The pb cups are fine too, but the ratio of "chocolate" to heavily-processed-peanut-butter-like goodness is better in the seasonal items.

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by winterfan » Fri Mar 06, 2015 2:19 pm

Whitman samplers.

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by JimmyD » Fri Mar 06, 2015 2:23 pm

topper1296 wrote:Good ole American made Hershey works for me.
+1. Proud to admit that I'm a simpleton. Give me a plain jane Hershey's bar and I'm in heaven.

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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by mhalley » Fri Mar 06, 2015 4:19 pm

That time of year: Cadbury chocolate creme eggs.
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Re: Favorite chocolate candy

Post by nisiprius » Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:29 pm

jimday1982 wrote:
topper1296 wrote:Good ole American made Hershey works for me.
+1. Proud to admit that I'm a simpleton. Give me a plain jane Hershey's bar and I'm in heaven.
I used to feel that way, but not any more. I don't know if the Hershey bar has changed or I have. These days it almost tastes to me like white chocolate--luxurious mouth feel and almost a vanilla taste, but not much chocolate taste. I can't quite believe they'd tamper with the recipe, so it must be that I need more chocolate to evoke the same intensity of chocolate taste.

But maybe I'm prejudiced because one upon a time I liked to use Hershey's as the example of a mass-market product that didn't need advertising. I don't remember when they began advertising, I think the 1980s. No, 1969, apparently.
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