Chuao Chocolatier

★★★★☆
  • 937 S Coast Hwy 101

    Encinitas, CA 92024

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  • 760-635-1444

About Chuao Chocolatier

Hours
Monday-Thursday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Friday-Saturday 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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The staff is always very pleasant and customers are often offered a free sample chocolate. Everything is expensive, so it's a real treat to come here - a special occassion. Their hot chocolates are rich and gourmet - my favorite is the mayan. Most of all I love the gelatto. Again, the mayan is my favorite. I guess I'm all about spicy rich chocolate.

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★★★★★

The staff is always very pleasant and customers are often offered a free sample chocolate. Everything is expensive, so it's a real treat to come here - a special occassion. Their hot chocolates are rich and gourmet - my favorite is the mayan. Most of all I love the gelatto. Again, the mayan is my favorite. I guess I'm all about spicy rich chocolate.

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These chocolates are disappointing for the price. I love chocolate so I go here from time to time when it is the only place close by. The flavors and concoctions are interesting and would be quite good, but they are often stale. Maybe this shop doesn't turn the items often enough, but at $2 & $3 for a tiny chocolate, they should be perfect!

2
★★☆☆☆

These chocolates are disappointing for the price. I love chocolate so I go here from time to time when it is the only place close by. The flavors and concoctions are interesting and would be quite good, but they are often stale. Maybe this shop doesn't turn the items often enough, but at $2 & $3 for a tiny chocolate, they should be perfect!

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Try the spicy hot chocolate. It is in an entirely different class from the usual mexican hot chocolate with cinnamon. You'll be hooked!

2
★★★★★

Try the spicy hot chocolate. It is in an entirely different class from the usual mexican hot chocolate with cinnamon. You'll be hooked!

Pros: Yummy chocolate

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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Although the flavors are a bit scary at first it's definitely worth trying at least one even the firecracker chocolate which comes with pop rocks inside! But my all time favorite is the passion fruit caramel chocolate!

4
★★★★☆

Although the flavors are a bit scary at first it's definitely worth trying at least one even the firecracker chocolate which comes with pop rocks inside! But my all time favorite is the passion fruit caramel chocolate!

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Because of the name the chocolates always upstage the desserts but Chuao has got the best desserts in the San Diego area. They have an in house pastry chef located at their Encinitas location who is dedicated only to making desserts. She can be found in the Encinitas Kitchen on weekdays and makes not only the usual selection of incredible desserts but will make custom items for special occasions and full on cakes for weddings and events. The Pastry Chef Tricia Cariffe and the Executive Chef/owner Michael Antonorsi can be found together teaching bon bon classes at their Carlsbad factory nearly every Wednesday night. No one else in town is more committed to teaching and breaking new ground in dessert items than these two..what a treat!

2
★★★★★

Because of the name the chocolates always upstage the desserts but Chuao has got the best desserts in the San Diego area. They have an in house pastry chef located at their Encinitas location who is dedicated only to making desserts. She can be found in the Encinitas Kitchen on weekdays and makes not only the usual selection of incredible desserts but will make custom items for special occasions and full on cakes for weddings and events. The Pastry Chef Tricia Cariffe and the Executive Chef/owner Michael Antonorsi can be found together teaching bon bon classes at their Carlsbad factory nearly every Wednesday night. No one else in town is more committed to teaching and breaking new ground in dessert items than these two..what a treat!

Pros: High quality, great cool element, cutting edge desserts

Cons: not open late for after dinner coffee and dessert!

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Crafting delicate bonbons with fillings of lemon-and-mint-infused caramel or dulce de leche buttercream, Chuao celebrates the art of the sweet. The chocolatier uses rich Venezuelan chocolate and fresh ingredients ranging from bananas and raspberries to mascarpone cheese. Bonbons and truffles are $1.75 apiece, with packages starting at $15 for nine pieces.

Eyebrow-raising bonbons are among the chocolatier's most popular. Spiced with chili pepper, the "Picante" is filled with a California raisin "fondue" and Napa Valley cabernet caramel. And the "Chevere" -- a dark chocolate-covered buttercream blend of goat cheese, pear and crushed black pepper -- may not be for everyone. It truly has the taste and texture of the cheese.

The Chocolate Cafe is larger than the Encinitas storefront where Chuao chocolates are made. The La Jolla shop's deep-red, chocolate and burnt-orange walls display tapestry-like descriptions of Chuao bonbons. Stainless-steel chairs, as well as tables of chocolate recipe and history books, offer an enjoyable respite both inside and outside the cafe.

Reminiscent of the Mayan sweets in the film "Chocolat," Chuao's heavenly hot chocolates comfort as well as turn up the heat. Each is served from a large copper kettle. Rich, traditional Chocolate de la Abuela goes down real easy. For a kick, try the Spicy Maya, flavored with pasilla chili and cayenne pepper. Both flavors are sold by the pound. A full line of espresso drinks and a few outsourced dessert cakes and tarts round out the menu.

I went here once and got free on the house hot chocolate and chocolates. The workers were friendly and it was amazing chocolate!

5
★★★★★

Crafting delicate bonbons with fillings of lemon-and-mint-infused caramel or dulce de leche buttercream, Chuao celebrates the art of the sweet. The chocolatier uses rich Venezuelan chocolate and fresh ingredients ranging from bananas and raspberries to mascarpone cheese. Bonbons and truffles are $1.75 apiece, with packages starting at $15 for nine pieces.

Eyebrow-raising bonbons are among the chocolatier's most popular. Spiced with chili pepper, the "Picante" is filled with a California raisin "fondue" and Napa Valley cabernet caramel. And the "Chevere" -- a dark chocolate-covered buttercream blend of goat cheese, pear and crushed black pepper -- may not be for everyone. It truly has the taste and texture of the cheese.

The Chocolate Cafe is larger than the Encinitas storefront where Chuao chocolates are made. The La Jolla shop's deep-red, chocolate and burnt-orange walls display tapestry-like descriptions of Chuao bonbons. Stainless-steel chairs, as well as tables of chocolate recipe and history books, offer an enjoyable respite both inside and outside the cafe.

Reminiscent of the Mayan sweets in the film "Chocolat," Chuao's heavenly hot chocolates comfort as well as turn up the heat. Each is served from a large copper kettle. Rich, traditional Chocolate de la Abuela goes down real easy. For a kick, try the Spicy Maya, flavored with pasilla chili and cayenne pepper. Both flavors are sold by the pound. A full line of espresso drinks and a few outsourced dessert cakes and tarts round out the menu.

I went here once and got free on the house hot chocolate and chocolates. The workers were friendly and it was amazing chocolate!

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