About a week after posting about my favorite ice cream, I received a delivery of incredibly good ice cream from a reader who felt that a mere comment would not adequately express the emotion he felt for his local creamery. It was a very effective form of advocacy. It also clued me in to the power of the keyboard. So I thought I would try again with chocolate!

Chocolate lovers are very passionate about this subject, so I am hoping for some spirited feedback and debate on this topic (if not some postal surprises). Many chocolate lovers sing the praises of Valrhona Noir Extra Amer-85% Cacao. It’s often used for the center in Molten Chocolate Cake. One of my friends keeps a large bell jar of M&M’s on her family room coffee table–a real test of discipline. Another friend eats a single piece of Swiss Lindt chocolate every day. An Italian friend loves Perugina’s Baci chocolates. A friend from Brussels loves Mary Belgian chocolates. There is no shortage of opinions.

I am partial to dark bitter chocolate with no frills. No filling (if you must, nuts and raisins). No non-chocolate flavoring. Not too sweet. These are some of my favorites:

  • AmedeiI once took my family on a detour during a holiday in Tuscany to find the Amedei factory in Pontedera near Pisa. It’s my favorite, but it’s hard to find.
  • Pierre Marcolini: My favorite Belgian chocolate. He used to have a shop near our house in Kensington. A perfect house gift (if you can’t find Amedei).
  • Sally Clarke’s Chocolate TrufflesAnother Kensington favorite. Sorry but you can only get these there. If you are in London, make a special stop.
  • Green & Black’s Organic: A mainstay in my shopping cart, particularly the Hazelnut & Currant Dark and the 85% Dark.
  • See’s Dark Nuts & Chews: I’ll take the nuts; you can have the chews.
  • RaisinetsGood old movie treat. Now I’m partial to the dark chocolate version.
  • Hershey’s with Almonds: This is where it all started in the early 1960’s, waiting on the street corner for my grandfather to stop by on his way home from work with a Hershey bar to spoil my appetite before dinner.
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3 Responses to Chocolate

  1. Judith says:

    You omitted Leonidas, PDG. But after years of dark is god, I recently had some quality milk, and guess what, it has its’ major pleasures. Fairway has milk chocolate covered raisins that are so wicked they ought to come with a penalty. And there’s a company in someplace like Ohio, called Seroogys that can hold it’s own with anyone any place, worth mail ordering.

  2. Phyllis C. Annunziato says:

    One-a-Day Chocolate is as important as taking your vitamins! Baby Ruth suits the bill perfectly—-

  3. Evelyne says:

    Any thing in the Michel Cluizel range, and in case of emergencies a few pieces of Montezuma Chili Chocolate

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