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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Chocolate: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Kosher, Vegan...

Chocata.com is the brainchild of Stephane Barbier, born in France and with a European love of fine chocolates.

In the New York Sun article by Carolyn Slutsky, Barbier is quoted as saying that the site is for people who prefer quality over quantity, always a code for "expensive." He plans to host chocolate-tasting parties in New York City over the next few months.

"I do believe chocolate is the next wine connoisseur thing," he said. "People don't know much about it and, as much as wine has made inroads — people know about it, and they go to tastings — I think chocolate has reached levels where people will come."

A look at his website shows that he has specialty chocolates for many special needs, although the selections are not huge.


For example, there are only two choices under dairy-free chocolates, the Vosges Haut-Chocolat Chocolate Bars Bundle and a 5 pc. KeKau Olive Oil Origins. "Single estate olive oils are paired with single origin chocolates resulting in a "to die for" experience."


Vegan chocolates include the Vosges Haut-Chocolat Exotic Mini Candy Bar Library Box; Theo Chocolate Sipping Chocolate, Chipotle Spice; Vere Fruit + Nut Tile Box, 12 pc.; and the Vosges Haut-Chocolat Chocolate Bars Bundle.

Most of the above are also gluten-free, along with several other goodies, and there are a few MarieBelle selections that are kosher.

Chocata is offering free ground shipping this week with the purchase of any of the box assortments listed on that page.

For more information email them at customer.service@chocata.com.

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