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The Best Buenos Aires Chocolate

Maria Carra

By | November 1, 2010 | 3 comments


The Top 3 Chocolatiers in Buenos Aires

Traditionally, chocolate in Argentina is associated with snowy settings in ski resort locations such as San Carlos de Bariloche or San Martin de Los Andes. Chocolate is delivered in two basic formats, chocolate en rama*, an airy chocolate log, and chocolate en barra, consisting of flavored chocolate bars prepared in large trays and cut into portion sized squares.

While these options are delicious and characteristic of Argentina, the chocolate industry in Buenos Aires has grown to offer a more refined product. While there are many chocolatiers to choose from, these are my favorite three.

1. Vassalisa
Vassalisa is my all time favorite chocolate in Buenos Aires, and the rest of the city seems to agree as they have opened several branch stores since their first in 2006. What makes Vassalisa so delicious is their smooth and silky texture. Their boutiques are located in Martinez, Lomas de San Isidro, Belgrano and Recoleta, not to mention their special collection sold at Las Oreiro** clothing boutique in Palermo.

Belgrano Boutique
Vuelta de Obligado 1812, Belgrano
Tel: 5411 4784 0748
http://www.vasalissa.com/

2. Compañia de Chocolates
Flavor is the name of the game with Compañia de Chocolates. Famous for their chocolate tables, this is a company that has learned to diversify. Other than their Barrio Norte boutique they are known for their cooperation in creating corporate projects and for teaming up with Nespresso at their store.

Beruti 4634, Palermo
Tel: 5411 4776-4614
http://www.companiadechocolates.com

3. El Viejo Oso
Famous for their truffles, El Viejo Oso has been around for almost 20 years. Their first boutique and factory is hidden away in a gallery in La Lucila, having been the best kept secret in the area for many years. Today, they have 3 other stores in Belgrano, Barrio Norte and Palermo. My personal favorite, the cacao dusted almonds.

Barrio Norte boutique
Montevideo 1594
Tel: 54 11 4811 0211
http://www.trufaselviejooso.com.ar/home.html

In researching these chocolatiers I ran across the following article from Planeta Joy which names a few other Argentine chocolate companies.

I hope you enjoy!!
Maria Carra

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SO FAR, THIS ARTICLE HAS 3 COMMENTS!

  1. Ana

    04/11/2010 - 7:53 am

    I love the three , but Vassalisa
    reminds me Belgium chocolate, that I consider top of the world.

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  2. @ammartinezbar

    06/11/2010 - 9:23 am

    Thank God you have choosen the best three choices, some sites or magazines propose top five or top ten , what is this???? Looks they don't thing quality, only quantity.

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  3. Paul Strobl

    29/03/2011 - 11:45 am

    Fenix also does a good job, and if you don’t want to go broke buying chocolate, El Aguila’s Costa Marfil is quite nice 60% cacao. They also make one called Ecuador.

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