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My chocolatier died back in 2019 or maybe it was early 2020. He and his wife had already sold the shop shortly before then. The new owners started messing with how the chocolate was sold and the prices. For years, we had been buying a half-pound box of chocolates for most of our family members at Christmas. Suddenly, they no longer sold it in half-pound boxes. There were seven-ounce boxes and fourteen-ounce boxes. And the price seemed to have jumped a lot to get less chocolate. When I said something, the new owner promptly blamed the old owner, “They hadn’t raised the prices in 25 years!” Except, that wasn’t true. I had been coming there longer than that, and the price had been less five years ago and less than that ten years ago, and so forth. Well, good luck to the new owners there, but lie to me and blame my friends, you won’t get my business. But it left me without a good chocolate source.
But, there is this guy on Ricochet, @bobw, who has mentioned that he is involved in the chocolate trade. The last time he mentioned it, I took note of it. Now, Bob and his shop are in California, and I am in Michigan. But, I figured if their chocolate is good, is reasonably priced, and Bob supports Ricochet as a member, they would be worth a try. My wife’s birthday is coming up. It seemed like a good time to try out Pieces of Heaven and see how the chocolate is, and then if they pass the test maybe get some for the wife when her birthday rolls around. They passed the test.
I got a sampler of truffles, some butter toffee popcorn, and then a few individual items to make it worthwhile to have an order shipped from California to Michigan in the late spring coming into summer. My wife likes orange, so one of the other items was a box of orange butter creams. All that I can say is, Oh my goodness Gracious! I don’t know if the rest of you have a favored high-end chocolatier, but I have one once more. Also, the butter toffee popcorn is addictive. I highly recommend them.
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