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Chocolate - The Great Debate

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Chocolate - The Great Debate

Postby ubiquity » Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:30 pm

Best chocolatier in (the greater) Madison (area)?
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Postby TheBookPolice » Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:34 pm

Really like: Gail Ambrosius
Really like: David Bacco
LOVE LOVE LOVE: Candinas
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Postby ubiquity » Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:35 pm

I'm actually interested in Candinas, so I'm glad to hear that!
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Postby TAsunder » Mon Feb 11, 2008 1:18 pm

It really depends on what you want. Personally, I think there is nothing better than a cocktail and assortment of chocolates at Cocoliquot. Soon the restaurant will be closed but the chocolates will still be available.

After that, I'll take Gail Ambrosius over Candinas but not by much. I think her reputation is a bit more atmospheric than it deserves. She does her job well, but it's not as exciting to me as the stuff at Cocoliquot, and her chocolate seems a little rougher in flavor. Even the stuff listed as 75% seems a lot more bitter and harsh than a lindt or scharffen berger 82/88%.

Candinas is fun... I've used them on occasion to send gift boxes. I don't really get why they bother with that location on the square, though. Is it still there?

I wish Twee & Luliloo were still around... I thought their imported chocolates were better than Ambrosius or Candinas, and on par with cocoliquot when I was looking for a chocolate fix.

I don't know if fudge counts, but I've not found a better source for fudge than The Maple Leaf in new glarus. Just got some of their cassis fudge... yum!
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Postby evansvillehousewife » Thu Feb 14, 2008 2:53 pm

TAsunder wrote:Candinas is fun... I've used them on occasion to send gift boxes. I don't really get why they bother with that location on the square, though. Is it still there?


Yep, they're there. Walked past today. Line was out the door.
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Postby Madsci » Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:02 pm

I enjoy the chocolates from Nilda on E. Johnson St. Her toffees are great and last Easter she had dark chocolate bunnies.
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Postby Kenneth Burns » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:36 am

evansvillehousewife wrote:
TAsunder wrote:Candinas is fun... I've used them on occasion to send gift boxes. I don't really get why they bother with that location on the square, though. Is it still there?


Yep, they're there. Walked past today. Line was out the door.


I went early. I'm glad I did.
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Postby Courtney C » Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:34 am

Madsci wrote:I enjoy the chocolates from Nilda on E. Johnson St. Her toffees are great and last Easter she had dark chocolate bunnies.

Yes- her toffee is amazing, and she has a good variety of truffles...
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Re: Chocolate - The Great Debate

Postby mystery47 » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:50 am

Where did Nilda go when she closed her chocolate shop? The universe would be all wrong without her dark chocolate covered cranberry toffee with sea salt. (((misses)))) :cry:
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Re: Chocolate - The Great Debate

Postby Huckleby » Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:47 pm

I just went to Maurie's on Monroe Street to sample their wares and had a surprising experience: their expensive chocolate bars are of no better quality than the moderately priced chocolates at Walgreens. I tried the 72% and 91% cacao, both had that waxy texture of a so-so bar. I'd easily take a Dove chocolate bar ahead of either of them.

My nomination for best chocolatier in Madison goes to Walgreens. They carry Ghirardelli bars, often on sale, and I've never tasted more rich and creamy chocolate.

To be fair to Maurie's, the handful of truffles I tried were very good, they infuse some great flavors. I suppose truffles are their main thing, and customers are happy with them.

Where is great chocolate in Madison? Also, is Godiva's the endall? I've never tried.
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Re: Chocolate - The Great Debate

Postby Stebben84 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:26 pm

Huckleby wrote:Where is great chocolate in Madison?


Although I've never been there, chocolate lovers tell me DB's is the best:

http://www.infusionchocolates.com/

I really enjoy Candinas, but I also think they are more into the truffles than being a straight up chocolatier.
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Re: Chocolate - The Great Debate

Postby fennel » Fri Mar 29, 2013 4:39 pm

I've never had better than Gail Ambrosius, on Atwood.
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