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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Favorite Things: Charles Chocolates

You probably think you know what this is, right? A box of chocolates, with some missing. Oh, but it's so much more than that. First of all, this box of chocolates is a box of Charles Chocolates. If you're lucky enough to have had Charles Chocolates you know that these are some of the best, premium, handcrafted, fresh chocolates made in the Bay Area.

But there's still more to this story. The box you see is one I got from Chuck Siegel, the Charles of Charles Chocolates. I got it at his facility in Emeryville where I got to see his talented pastry chefs in action making and creating brand new delicious confections. While Chuck is self-taught his staff is strictly professional with experience from top-notch restaurants like the Fifth Floor and Farallon.

Better than a golden ticket to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, visiting a real chocolate factory, meeting Chuck, tasting and even taking home confections so new that they have yet to be officially launched, is what makes me love what I do. Can you blame me? So I bet you're now wondering which of those chocolates are the new ones. Well, the squares in the picture are all fabulous new flavors, but that's all I'm saying for now.

You can find these chocolates locally at my favorite chocolate shop, CocoaBella, at Bittersweet Cafe and Gumps or you can have them shipped to you directly from Charles Chocolates. And do head over to Bay Area Bites to read my interview with Chuck when you get a chance.