If your a vistor or a local, the Chocolate Box is a great place to find hand made ice cream that will shock anyones taste buds. Enjoy friends!
Pros: Great Taste, Customer Service, Incredible Smell
In reading the other posts I notice that historically CBX seems to be up and down when it comes to staff (rude to not paying attention) and product (what can be found at the local food market).
What I have experienced lately is only positive! The staff is always very friendly and makes every attempt to greet everyone as they walk in the door - even with a line for gelato out the door. Additionally, the products appear fresh and new and relevant. The Vosges appears to now be taking a back seat to other more local chocolates, like Theo and sister state chocolatiers like Lillie Belle and Moonstruck. I love the little Moonstruck animals, cute and tasty, check out the lemon clown fish.
The tour is a chocoholics dream! 3 hours of tasting and learning about where my favorite food comes from. Did you know it is a fruit? I would go straight to the source to see other comments from the monthly winners, check out their web page stories.
I even hear a rumor they may be expanding the concept to include more local wines and beers. WOW! I am sold to go back again and again.
Pros: Everything from the staff to the treats
Cons: Parking can be challenging but it is on the bus line
My 11 year old daughter and I wanted to visit this shop as a destination. They were offering chocolate tea tasting, and being the chockoholics that we are, we decided to go to Seattle, pay $10 to park, and see what this chocolate tea was all about.
The staff acted like we weren't even there. When we asked to sample the teas being offered at a crowded back table, we were given a bewildered look, then made to feel more than a little unwelcomed at first. Awkward, awkward. I was embarrassed for the staff, and probably should have left then.
But I didn't want to ruin our entire evening, so we ordered mini cupcakes, truffles, and gellato. We got thirsty, and asked for glasses of water. we were sent to the back counter to receive our water, and after another uncomfortable period of being ignored, we were informed that they have NO tap water available, only bottled water! The manager explained that Seattle water is VERY bad, and was unfit for human consumption, so we must buy a plastic bottle if we were thirsty.
WTF??? I do not buy plastic bottles anymore. Period. And if Seattle water has suddenly become un-fit for human consumption, wouldn't this be front page news???
Or is this just a cheap-skate trying to squeeze an extra 50 cents out of customers? LOL! You decide.
We will NOT go back, we will go to the source of the chocolates they sell. O chocolate on mercer Island = free parking RIGHT in front, and an amazing staff; or Theo chocolate in Fremont; or any Godiva store.
Pros: Cute gellato guy who was the only good help there
Cons: Rude unhelpful staff, water un-fit to drink (their own words
Not sure what this other person was saying about not a lot of diversity, I always go to the Chocolate Box to pick up gifts (usually Fran's) to send to out-of-towners. The staff is friendly and leaves you alone if that's the way you like to shop - which I do.
Pros: Cool place, amazing gifts
I think that Chocolate Box must have lost their course. I have gone in there frequently to buy a lot of local chocolatiers products. And when I go in there now I see the selection of local stuff being drowned out by the same stuff I can buy at Whole Foods or QFC! The thing that made this place cool was that I could get stuff from Fiori, Oh and Theo that wasn't available all over the place. It looks like they are replacing them with Vosges and other chocolates readily available at Whole Foods and QFC. Chocolate Box used to have a boutique feel, which means space, displays, care and attention to details. Now everything is jammed in everywhere to fill up the shelves much like a grocery store. It's too bad, they had a great concept but it's probably still fun for tourists though locals will opt for free parking at any Whole Foods, QFC or Fred Meyer.... if they are just going to sell the same stuff there's not much reason to spend $ on parking .
Pros: they used to be a really cool place to go
Cons: now I'll just go to Whole Foods, its all the same stuff...
Everytime i walk by your store i get sucked in... normally i buy the Fran's Chocolates Caramels and they are amazing! Thank you!
I visited the Chocolate Box on one of our trip's to Seattle. I was truely surprised at the lack of diversity in the shop and really disappointed in the rudeness of their staff. My 4 year old grandaughter was wanting some Gellato and the staff there just kept acting like she wasn't there. So we lft and went to the Gellato Shop in front of Pike Place. A place where they know how to treat even their smallest customer's.
I don't feel like we'll ever go back to the Chocolate Box.
I found Fiori chocolates at the Chocolate Box by Pike Place Market. They had a lot of bars and truffles. Took one bit of the Havana truffle and oh my! A spicy chocolate??!!! At first I thought this would not be a good combo but the savory flavor was amazing. Tried some more of their chocolates (non-spicy) and found them superior to anything else I can find. Really great chocolate and the ganache centers we super smooth in texture. Bought a bunch of bars as well. The Sera was my favorite - not too bitter, not too sweet, but just right. The bar textures are out of this world smooth. Almost seemed like butter the way it melts. I thought, "this is a chocolate bar!" Keep up the good work Fiori!!
Pros: Really good chocolate, I can't think of another that compares
Cons: A little on the $$$ side but to me all spend the $ for the quality anytime
Chocolate Box - Recommended
They offer a wide array of chocolates, cakes, pastries, and gelato. In fact you'd be hard pressed to find this type of selection in the city at any other location. Certainly places such as Whole Foods have a nice selection but Chocolate Box does a nice job of pulling together a nice assortment. The only ding I'll give them is they need to have a better understanding of chocolate and each of the products they carry. There are four main chocolate companies showcased at Chocolate Box. They are (in order from when you walk in):
Fiori Chocolates - Highly recommended.
Their selection of Fiori (an elusive chocolate company) is the best in Seattle. Elusive because they are so selective as to where their chocolates are offered. Their truffles are in a word, superb. Thin shelled, dark chocolate with an ultra creamy ganache. Really exotic ingredients using lots of organic items. Their bars have a simply amazing finish to them. They have an almost buttery melting quality to them. Very unique.
Theo Chocolates - Highly recommended
This is also a great one-stop shop for all things Theo. Ranging from their truffles to their bars. Also lots of really unique flavors for their truffles with their fennel and basil being two outstanding ones. Their bars are good but present a slight grittiness to them. Not as smooth as Fiori but still a strong contender.
Oh! Chocolate - Somewhat recommended
For the chocolate gourmand, Oh's is a bit on the sugary sweet side. They're not bad though, offering a wide array of "the standards" in truffles. Nothing to exotic from Oh, but relatively plain in that respect but a very comfortable option.
Chocolat Vitale - Recommended
Vitale offers a line of drinking chocolates that are rich in flavor and body. A really great option for the liquid chocolate crowd. Several flavors are available and all are really solid. They also features teas that are great all year round pleasers. Great high quality
Pros: One stop shop - whatever your hear desires is probably there
Cons: Parking can be difficult. Good to park at the market and walk over
Visited Motore Coffee where Fiori chocolates are sold. I was quite impressed by the selection and the flavors. Fiori has some real exotic flavors that I haven't seen on the west coast. Also had a cup of the drinking chocolate which rivaled what I've had before in Paris. Staff in Motore were very attentive and helpful. Also found Fiori truffles in a smaller quantity in Cafe Umbria. The bars are exceptionally good, my favorite is the 'Sera' bar which is very fruity tasting at 65% cacao. I think the thing that they do really well is their chocolate seems to melt in your mouth faster then some other local places. Supposedly this is due to the rare cacao that they use (not sure). Overall very favorable and highly recommended.
Really fantastic chocolate. I can't say as I've had another that tops it. The truffles make me speechless, and the bars are wonderful too. Fiori's not cheap but then again what good things in life are. Simply amazing
Pros: it is the best
Cons: few eastside spots!, $$ but worth it
In a word, wow! This is the real stuff. Simply amazing, every little piece of chocolate is just amazing.
The truffles are really good but lots of dark chocolate. I like milk chocolate a little bit more. I tried the Mattinna bar which is their milk chocolate bar and that was really smooth and delicious.
Pros: good flavors
Cons: difficult parking
Great flavors and really unique combinations. Fiori is a true artisan that reminds me of chocolates I had years ago in Europe. It's great to finally get a true artisan chocolatier here in the Seattle.
Pros: Finest chocolates
Motore is really a great spot. The service is great, the coffee is great and the chocolate is the best. Excellent chocolate truffles and great bars. Be sure to ask them what the newest flavors are. When I went they had a curry truffle that was out of this world. I also looooovvvee the balsamic strawberry. What a wild combination and soooo tasty.
Fiori Chocolatiers stuff is the best I've ever had.
Really superb truffles, best of the best from a devoted chocoholic. I haven't found a comparable product in the US yet.
I'm joining the Fiori bandwagon, these chocolates are fantastic! These are the only truffles that I'm willing to make the trip across 520 or I-90 just to buy. Please open a shop on the Eastside though. We like chocolate too ya know! ;-) Love the new flavors, especially the poofy ones with cocoa powder on the outside!! Yum Yum
Pros: Best there is
Cons: No eastside locations
Great chocolates, ultra smooth and ultra rich. Visiting from NY where we've got everybody to choose from for chocolate and these are some of the finest that we've ever eaten. What a great treat! I love the balsamic strawberry, ginger sesame, and the curry one was really yummy too. Whenever we're in Seattle we'll be stoppin' in for a Fiori chocolate fix at Motore Coffee.
Great chocolate, great coffee, great atmosphere, great staff. Fiori truffles are the best that there is. What a great spot! The other reviewers are spot on, the truffles will make your knees tremble and start your heart beating! What an incredible find. And the staff of this place is so kind and personable. My new favorite spot!!!
How to enjoy: let the chocolate come to room temperature....eat slowly (if it can be done) and get ready for the ride of your life. The truffles taste so fresh, so alive. They send me into a tingling place that makes me truly understand why chocolate can be called a sensuous food. They are truly magical. I thought the chocolate's in the movie Chocolat sounded incredible, but this is the real thing. Fiori's chocolates are truly an aphrodisiac! Please make more! Lots more! Lots and Lots and Lots More! :)
I like chocolates but have gotten tired of the offering at Whole Foods, Metro Markets, etc. But finding Fiori Chocolates was like a godsend. Their truffles are fantastic and hands-down the finest chocolates I've ever eaten. The shells are thin (not like other local chocolate companies) and their chocolate centers are the most perfect consistency imaginable. Truly great chocolate.
This is an incredible place, a true chocolate gem in Seattle. I have never tasted anything this wonderful before. Their truffles literally sweep you off your feet. The little chocolate coins are superb as well, but its the truffles that make me swoon. If you want to surprise a spouse or loved one, these chocolates will definitely do the trick. Though I'd rather just treat myself :)
After reading the other reviews I had to try. The chocolate are really, really amazing. I've never eaten anything like this before. The flavors are so fresh. I followed the advice of another review and let it warm to room temperature. All I could say was, "wow! this is what real chocolate tastes like." We bought a small gift box for friends. They have fancier boxes then any other chocolate place I have ever been to! I'm very impressed with the attention to detail. This is a great place for chocoholics.
Truffles are unbelievable. Hard to pick a favorite they are all so unique. Finally a true chocolate artisan comes to Seattle!! One comment though that I've learned from other truffle eating experiences, let the truffle warm up to room temperature before eating (the case in Motore is pretty cool temp). When you eat it at room temp, the flavor becomes almost overwhelming it is so good.
Pros: Organic, Completely unique, Edible orgasm
Cons: Parking difficult, Only 6 types availabl
Really yummy chocolate!!! We liked both the truffles and the coins. Lots of dark chocolate.
I stopped in for coffee and discovered Motore Coffee is also the place to buy truffles. These truffles are amazing. I have never had chocolates that taste so good. The owner of Motore said they are made fresh by fresh by Fiori Chocolatiers in Bellevue. The truffles are hands down the best chocolate I have ever eaten. After eating chocolates in London, Berlin and Florence, I am really impressed with Fiori. They're as good as it gets!
I tried the Lampone Fresca (fresh raspberry in Italian) - it tastes like your biting into actual berries. The flavors are really fresh and neat combinations. Every one that I tried was unique and just sinful! The banana, rum and coconut one is also to die for. I used to think Frans and Dillitantes were the best of Seattle, but no longer. Fiori rocks! I'll be back for more.
Pros: incredible flavor, organic
Cons: difficult parking
I'm a chocoholic and now I've found chocolates that rival the best I've had in Europe. Their truffles are superb and the little coins are tasty too! I went to their website and it looks like they have a larger selection (I dinged them on variety) - wish they had it at Motore. Love that they use organic ingredients and lots of dark chocolate. The truffles are small but WORTH every penny! A great find!!
I love dark chocolate and this is the best i've ever had.