Berkeley á la Carte with Phillipe– Menu 2: Chocolate

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2011.02.13 12:50 SERIALS/Berkeley á la Carte with Phillipe - 完 -

Valentine’s Day, Couple’s Curse, or Chocovore’s Paradise– call it what you will, but chocolate sales are up by 8.2% compared to last year around the world (Source: National Consumer Census; February 8th, 2011), and more couples are defining relationships for better or worse. The day when most the most number of relationships are formed on Facebook is on Valentine’s Day (on Facebook, 50.7 million knots are tied) and over 30.9 million couples go their separate ways. (Source: Facebook, 2010).

So whether you’re looking to form a relationship, strengthen an already existing one with a significant other/family, or treat yourself, here are some Berkeleyan chocolatiers to give you (or your loved one) a toothache to remember.


#1. Chocolatier Blue

Take a careful step into this chocolatier joint and you will notice two things– the nakedly plain blue and white wallpapers and– oh my, what a sweet chocolate smellDisplayed as soon as you get into the store is a front with an array of visually stunning chocolates, trimmed and displayed to perfection. Here you will meet the modest yet hardworking founder, Chris Blue, making chocolates day by day.

Chocolatier Blue carries a variety of flavors, but Chris experiments with a variety of flavors depending on what organic produce is available around Berkeley. He oftenrecommends Sage Honey, and the Hazelnut, a nutty classic. For a novel experience, try the Chili chocolate infused with dark chocolate, or the Palet d’or. Passion Fruit Caramel and Grapefruit with Rosemary are both popular fruit choices as well. A Valentine’s special flavor, Sex on the Beach, mixes Ciroc vodka with pineapple, cranberry, and crème de cassis for a classy Valentine’s bite.

Address: 1964 University Avenue (University and Milvia), Berkeley, CA

Hours: Daily, from 11:30~6

Price Range: Depending on box (5 chocolates, 10 chocolates, 25 chocolates)

#2. Xocolate Bar

This definitely isn’t your usual chocolate store. An unusual aroma fills the store once you enter– and some may be thrown off by the almost dingy atmosphere of this store off in Solano avenue (you’ll either have to drive or take the 18 bus down). But make no mistake– this place has good chocolate.

One of the most famous creations of this shop is the Laughing Buddha chocolate, which is essentially a chocolate– shaped like a laughing Buddha, made of Dark chocolate and glowing curiously with gold. It is entirely dairy-free and vegan, an important part of Xocolate’s philosophy. In fact, they have a Vegan Chocolate Assortment made fresh daily, but don’t be thrown off– these chocolates are good as any other, you carnivores.
Xocolate also sells their Classic Chocolate Assortment, and is currently doing a $8 special on their Valentine’s Love Chocolate 4-Set, which are a set of chocolates infused with supposed aphrodisiacs, which, you know, makes you want to do, uhm, fun stuff.

Address: 1709 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA.

Hours: Tu~Th, Sun: 12pm~6pm; Fri~Sat 12pm~8pm.

Price range: between $8 to $35, depending on the size of your purchase.


#3. Coracao Chocolates
 

Get your sneakers on, because you won’t find these chocolates anywhere except the Berkeley Farmer’s Market, or you’ll have to order online.

The confections here are organized in two types: tins, and by-the-piece. The tins are organized by either 3, 6, or 22 pieces, and are packaged as gift collections which assorts a variety of Caramels, Chocolate filled cups, truffles, and hearts.

For the by-the-piece offerings, the Chocolate Coconut Dreams are sweet enough to satisfy your chocolate craving for an entire 24 hours. The Caramaels are a beautiful take on the classic, in round cupcake-like containers. Their Chocolate Hearts are famous for incorporating organic, fair-trade peanuts, and taste sinfully delicious. Last but not least, get your hands on the Mama Filled Chocolate Bars, filled with melted peanut butter or kaffir lime caramel. Whatever the filling, you can’t go wrong.

Address: the Berkeley Farmer’s Market

Hours: N/A

Price Range: between $3~11 for by-the-piece, $7~50 for the assorted tins.

Au revoir,

Phillipe

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  1. 여기 중에 첫째 집 들려서 오늘 좋아하는 사람에게 주고 왔어요 ^^ 고마워요!
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    • 2011.02.14 19:58 신고
    vegan chocolate이라니... 생각도 못해본 것들이네요 ㅎㅎ 꼭 가봐야할듯!

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