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Chocolate is Love
Buffett’s CandiesAs you’re already well aware, Buffett's Candies is home to the largest candy cane this side of the Mississippi. (Admit it, you’ve always wanted to pop in and see if it’s got melon-sized bonbons to boot.) All the candies are made fresh, with real butter, cream and sugar, and if there is piñon in it, you can be sure they came from New Mexico. And what tastes more like love than chocolate and piñon? (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
The Candy LadyBetter get in line now for those deliciously juicy chocolate-covered strawberries. Or if you’ve got romance on the brain, sidle over to the 21+ area for some re-dick-ulously naughty chocolates and candies. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Chocolate Cartel“No shortcuts," says master chocolatier Scott Van Rixel. And he means it. A rigorous work ethic is the guiding principal behind the confections made at Chocolate Cartel, which Van Rixel co-owns with his brother, Tim. "We try to do everything as old-school and authentic as we can." Most of what Chocolate Cartel produces is European-style—truffles, flourless chocolate cakes, chocolate-covered nuts, bars, even made-from-scratch gelato—all roasted, rolled, dipped and packed by hand. But tucked in there is a Mayan drinking chocolate based on an ancient formula. With freshly ground almonds, cinnamon and red chile, "It's what the king would drink," Van Rixel says. (Alibi Staff, December 16, 2011)
The Chocolate DudeThe Dude abides and the Dude knows chocolate. This Nob Hill bakery specializes in the old fashioned approach, from the stained wooden cases to the hand-made chocolates. Grab a cup of fresh coffee, a couple of fudge squares, a favorite book and take a seat. (Alibi Staff, September 9, 2014)
Chocolate Maven Bakery and CaféIt has chocolate in the name ... how could it not be delicious? The Chocolate Maven is tucked nicely into the same warehouse where bakers produce fresh scones, cakes and other delectables found at local coffee shops and grocers. The café is soft and quiet, with an Italian country villa feel. If you sit on the ground floor, you can watch the bakers make cinnamon rolls and knead bread as you tear into wonderful dishes like roast beef and gouda cheese on freshly baked sourdough bread. Even if you’re too stuffed to eat dessert after lunch, make sure to look at all the fine creations and take some home for later. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Señor Murphy CandymakerEver had a “caramale”? It’s like a Payday candy bar, only adorable and New Mexican. Santa Fe’s Señor Murphy Candymakers fashions the little "tamales" out of vanilla fudge, caramel and piñon. Each one gets wrapped up in an itty-bitty corn husk and finished off with a couple of ribbons. All of the goodies here are picture perfect and range from chile creams to fudges, organic chocolates to sugar-free sweets. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
The Specialty ShopHow about a DIY valentine? Make your sweetie some homemade candies or create chocolates in fun shapes. You'll find everything you might ever need to make magically delicious sweet things—cookie cutters, cake pans, sprinkles in every color of the rainbow, doilies, lollipop molds, candy boxes, wedding cake supplies. The best part is that you can go up to the counter with a random object and say, “Hi, I'm thinking of making [insert name of wickedly difficult, obscure sweet here]. What do I need for that?” They'll hook you up with all the proper ingredients and then ask if you need a recipe. Now that's service. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm Closed Sunday (hours can change without notice)
Theobroma ChocolatierFloor-to-ceiling shelves boast gift baskets and bags, chocolate sculptures and molded items, giant "kisses," and sugar-free assortments. A chilled candy case shimmers with an assortment of chocolate truffles, creams and caramels sold by the piece. The counter is heaped with our favorite items, mostly chocolate poured over salty, crunchy things like pretzels, popcorn, nuts and cookies. Also, look for chocolate-covered strawberries and Taos Cow ice cream in eight flavors. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)
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