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chocolate bars

Don't let the clunky, amateur appearance of the website fool you -- this is the best place on the web for ultra-premium chocolate bars by Amedei, Michel Cluizel, Dolfin, E. Guittard, Domori, Valrhona and many others. The brands may not ring a bell, but true chocophiles know these are some of the best in the world. For those looking for single-origin dark chocolate bars, look no further...
Shipping: USA (including APO/FPO) & Puerto Rico

Worldwide Chocolate
After Chocosphere, this is my second favorite place to shop for premium single-origin chocolate bars by Domori, Dolfin, El Rey, Michel Cluizel and others.

Chocolate Source
Another good place to go for Michel Cluizel, Dolfin, Valrhona and other ultra-premium chocolate bars.

Many consider the chocolate from this Italian company to be the finest in the world. The ones to try: their Chuao and Porcelana bars.

american artisanal chocolate bars

Jacques Torres - Food Network celeb and former Le Cirque 2000 pastry chef Jacques Torres now has his own chocolate factory in Brooklyn. His impressive chocolate bar collection features flavors such as pistachio, ancho and chipotle chili and creme brulee.

Christopher Norman Chocolates - A variety of gourmet flavors; nothing too over the top.

Chuao Chocolatier - Pronounced chew-wow. San Diego artisanal chocolatier with a good selection of flavored bars.

Charles Chocolates - Northern California artisanal chocolatier with a good chocolate bar selection.

Gearhart's Chocolates - Charlottesville, Va artisanal chocolatier offers flavored and plain single bean Venezuelan 70% dark chocolate bars.

Richard Donnelly Chocolates - This top-tier Santa Cruz artisanal chocolatier makes a beautifully packaged collection of 6 bars. A perfect (though admittedly pricey) gift.
Shipping: USA & International

Vosges Haut Chocolat - Chicago chocolatier Katrina Markoff makes exotic chocolate bars flavored with hemp seed, New Orleans style chicory and other inventive ingredients.

if you like Almond Joy...

Fran's Chocolates - Fran was one of this country's very first artisanal chocolatiers. Her Coconut Gold Bar is like the best Almond Joy you've ever tasted.
Shipping: USA only (no PO Boxes or APO/FPO)

if you like Nestle Crunch...

Charles Chocolates - For those who love the milk chocolate and crisped rice combo found in Nestle Crunch bars, this San Francisco chocolatier makes two gourmet versions in milk or dark chocolate.

if you like Reese's...

Sweet on Vermont - Sweet on Vermont's Peanut Butter Pigouts are an upscale version of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

Garrison Confections - Try Andrew Shott's peanut butter patties.

Bridgewater Chocolate - Try the peanut butter patties from this Connecticut-based artisanal chocolatier.

if you like Mint Patties...

John & Kira's - Gourmet magazine crowned their mint chocolates "the best we've ever had." in their February 2003 issue. The mint supplied by the student gardeners at the Drew Elementary / UC High School urban garden. Their mint chocolates don't come in patties, but simple chocolate squares packaged in elegant, ribboned wood boxes.

Garrison Confections - Also makes mint patties.

if you like Snickers...

Garrison Confections - Andrew Shott's Ultimate Nougat Bar is the one to try.