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Abeno Harukas (Kintetsu Department Store): Osaka 2017

Abeno Harukas may be the tallest building in Osaka but what you really need to do when you visit is go down to the basement. Like many of the large department store buildings in Japan, the basement is where you can find all types of foods… from prepared deli items, to desserts, and hot items.
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Lisa Lou’s Chocolate Bar: Ice Cream Sandwiches

Okay, who can really resist a beautiful ice cream sandwich?
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Big Island Candies (Hawaii 2016) – Macadamia Nut Milk Chocolate Trio

If you’ve even been to Waikiki, you’ve probably seen how Honolulu Cookie Company has grown rapidly. In fact, you probably have family or friends who have brought back their pineapple-shaped shortbread cookies after vacationing in Hawaii. While HCC has grown rapidly since 1998, there’s another purveyor of shortbread cookies in Hawaii that’s been around since 1977. Starting in the Hilo industrial district of the Big Island, Big Island Candies is known both for their signature shortbread cookies as well as their chocolate products.
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BETA5 Chocolates – Cream Puffs, Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Caramels

If you live in Vancouver and check out Instagram, you’ve probably seen all of the cool pics of mega-thick ice cream sandwiches from Beta5.
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La Chocolaterie – Coconama

While we were down at the Steveston Farmers Market in July, we came across a tent from La Chocolaterie (normally located in the Izumi-Ya Marketplace).

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Vosges Haut-Chocolat (Las Vegas – Caesars Palace)

It’s no secret that if you’re a chocoholic in Vegas, there are plenty of spots where you can satisfy your sweet tooth.  Caesars Palace has a chocolate shop that first introduced me to the wonders of chocolate covered bacon… Vosges. Read the rest of this entry

Max Brenner – Chocolate by the Bald Man (Las Vegas – Caesars Palace)

Max Brenner – Chocolate by the Bald Man is located in the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace (they also have a few locations scattered worldwide.  For Max Brenner, chocolate isn’t just about a sweet treat… it’s about immersing yourself into a new way of thinking… one where chocolate is just as important to life as air and water and is just as much about the emotions it invokes as it is about how good it tastes.  I’m sure for some of you, that’s not much of a stretch.

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Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates & Patisserie (Kitsilano)

It’s no wonder the staff at Thomas Haas wear Powered by Chocolates t-shirts… their confections are that good!  While they also serve savory items, the real reason you go to Thomas Haas is for the sweets… Read the rest of this entry

Godiva Chocolatier (Metrotown)

Okay, I know this isn’t really a restaurant but they do serve shakes now (strawberry chocolate, mint chocolate chip, dark chocolate raspberry, dark banana, dark chocolate decadence, milk chocolate caramel, and milk chocolate decadence) at some locations… and really, isn’t chocolate one of the 4 major food groups? Read the rest of this entry