Sunday, February 5, 2012

Dilettante's Gourmet Chocolates Review & Giveaway - Red Hot Valentine's Gifts! {CLOSED}

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About seven years ago I stumbled into a chocolate shop in Seattle with an old friend. The smell was vibrant even though it was summer and the windows were open to the street. Lined along the wall was row upon row of truffles nestled into wrappers or tucked away in beautiful boxes - small and elongated, tied with ribbons. It was as decorative as a jewelry shop complete with mirrored glass behind the cream and cocoa. I fell in love before I'd even had my first taste. There was something different about Dillettante, it was classy, chic chocolate; a chocolate that stood out from the rest as something special and deserving of decorative glass and coffee steeped from personal presses into small glass cups. On that afternoon I chose a very small box of Chocolate Brandied Cherries gently wrapped in crushed purple foil and that first bite was a crescendo of bliss, intoxicating and warm as if it were filled with a liquid passion. Ecstasy. I had never tasted anything like it in my whole life and I don't think I ever will.



"My great uncle, Julius Rudolph Franzen, was a Master Confectioner and Pastry Chef. His distinguished career in Europe culminated in service to Franz Joseph I, Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  
Grandpa Davenport met Julius' sister while traveling to Budapest. when the Franzens came to America, Earl and Ottilia were married. Under Julius' tutelage, Grandpa Davenport also became a Master Candymaker 
With guideance from my father, Jerome Franzen Davenport, second generation chocolatier, I created these chocolates inspired by the same master formulas that pleased the crowned heads of Europe. Please enjoy!"

Dilettante has an amazing history spanning 108 years. The chocolates that we enjoy are created from the same formula's that made the chocolates of royalty in the 1800s. It's a very amazing story that spans three generations and a deep love of culinary heritage. Dilettante offers many delightful gourmet selections, including:

  • Hand Dipped Truffles
  • Truffle Cremes
  • Meltaway Truffles
  • Dragees
  • Caramels
  • Sculptured Chocolates
  • Sauces & Toppings
  • Cakes
  • Culinary Chocolate
  • Biscotti & Cookies
  • Coffee

I was given a box of Assorted Chocolate Truffles to facilitate this review. These were the delightful morsels I was enthusiastic to sample.

Amaretto Truffle - Milk Chocolate Truffle with Almond Liqueur in milk chocolate.
Praline Truffle - White Chocolate Truffle with crushed Pralines in white chocolate.
Champagne Truffle Romanov - Semisweet Truffle with marc de champagne and strawberry essence in double cream milk chocolate.
Kahlua Truffle - Milk Chocolate Truffle with Kahlua in milk chocolate.
Dark Ephemere Truffle - Creamed Bittersweet Truffle in bittersweet chocolate.
Hazelnut Gianduia - Milk Chocolate Truffle with Hazelnut Butter in double cream milk chocolate.
Raspberry Truffle - Semisweet Truffle with raspberries in semisweet chocolate.


My favorite of all of these was the Praline Truffle. That little bite was heaven, but I also love white chocolate and pralines, so I am biased. The Champagne Truffle Romanov is one I've had before and very much enjoy. There seems to be a little crackle in it as you would have with Champagne and the lingering essence of strawberry on your tongue well after you've finished is like a memory. They remind me of a romantic evening that lingered on until mid-morning or the feeling of being able to sleep long into the afternoon without an alarm clock or wakeful children.

No matter what your favorite chocolate is, Dilettante's Gourmet Chocolates are the epitome of what a chocolate should be. If you love chocolate covered caramel then Dilettante will one up your desire with Salted Caramel's in Milk Chocolate.

Or perhaps you are someone who loves chocolate covered fruits? Then you would be sure to love Dilettante's Chocolate Covered Fruit Medley.


For Valentine's Day, the day that is rich in chocolate and candies, there has to be something extra special though. Something grand and beautiful as well as intimidatingly delicious and for that there is the Chocolate Heart, a 7 piece assortment of their Finest Truffles in an edible chocolate heart. The Truffle flavor assortment includes:


  • Ephemere Dark Chocolate
  • Ephemere Milk Chocolate
  • Hazelnut Gianduia Milk Chocolate
  • L'Orange Dark Chocolate
  • Amaretto Milk Chocolate
  • Praline White Chocolate
  • Raspberry Dark Chocolate
  • Champagne Milk Chocolate

The price of the Chocolate Heart may be $32.00, but the experience of having a Dilettante chocolate is priceless. Of all the gifts for Valentine's that I most desire it is Dilettante chocolates and it is certainly a gift your Valentine will never forget.

Connect: You can connect with Dilettante Chocolates on their Facebook Page.

Purchase: You can purchase the Chocolate Heart and much more at their Shop at Dilettante.com.

Giveaway: How would you like to win a Chocolate Heart and a Pink & Silver Foil Heart Gift Bag filled with 6oz of Milk and Dark Chocolates? Just fill out the Rafflecopter Form below for a chance to win!





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162 comments:

  1. love the Toffee Crunch Meltaway Truffles

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  2. I'd like to try the Toffee Crunch Meltaway Truffles - Dilettante - 8 piece
    missdeb1 at earthlink dot net

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  3. I want the Mocha Meltaway Truffles - Dilettante - 8 piece

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  4. I would love to try the Naturals Sea Salt Cashews in Chocolate. YUM!

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  5. i like the 4pc chocolate truffle gift box
    nannypanpan at gmail.com

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  6. I'd love to try the Salted Caramels
    drellis500(AT)gmail.com

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  7. I would love to have Ephemere Dark Chocolate Truffle Cremes No. 52 - Dilettante - 10oz

    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  8. I would love to have the Raspberry Double Milk Chocolate Truffle Cremes

    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

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  9. I would like Dilettante Peanut Butter Truffle Cremes No. 31

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  10. My mouth is watering!! I'd love to try the Light Mocha Truffle. Mmm! Thank you for this opportunity!
    Sml Footprints
    reducefootprints at gmail dot com

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  11. I'd love to try their Peppermint Meltaway Truffles

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  12. I'd love to try their Salted Caramels in White Chocolate. Thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

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  13. Ephemere Dark Chocolate Truffle Cremes!!

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  14. Salted Caramels in White Chocolate!
    LOVE LOVE LOVE white chocolate!
    Andrea Hadfield

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  15. would love to try Dilettante Amaretto Dark chocolate Truffle Topping . mmmmmm
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    deanna_boocock (at) hotmail.com

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  16. I would love to try the Toffee Crunch Meltaway Truffle the most.cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. I'm definitely drooling over the Ephemere Dark Chocolate Truffle Cremes No. 52 - 5 oz Tent Bag :D

    Thank you for this chocolaty giveaway!! Lol

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  18. salted caramels--yum
    ccole3375@hotmail.com

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  19. I would like to try the Peanut Butter Truffle Cremes

    beh2351@frontier.com

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  20. Triple Chocolate Butter Biscotti Dipped in White Chocolate 18 pieces

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  21. I would love to try the Chocolates Aristocrats - Dilettante - 15 pc.
    elena.cacahuete(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. Entered the Ageless Perfume from Harvery Prince giveaway.
    elena.cacahuete(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. I'd like to have the Ephemere Dark Chocolate Truffle Cremes. Thanks.
    sweepster49 at comcast dot net

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  24. I'd love to try the Dark Ephemere Truffles.

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  25. I would love to have their Toffee Crunch Meltaway Truffles

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  26. I would like to try the Ephemere Meltaway Truffles
    davisesq212 at aol dot com

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  27. I would like to try one of the chocolate truffle gift boxes.

    rebecca.nvcl (at) gmail.com

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  28. The Dilettante Toffee Crunch Truffle Cremes sound yummy , i love anything toffee

    STACEY DEMPSEY ON RAFFLECOPTER

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  29. The Naturals Sea Salt Cashews in Chocolate look really good!
    jessycafoster@hotmail.com

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  30. I'd love to have Chocolate Heart - Dilettante - 7 piece Assortment. Yummy!

    brendapenton @ hotmail.com

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  31. Ephemere Chocolate Truffles in Milk and Dark Chocolate - 12 pieces - looks good!

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  32. toffee crunch meltaway truffles

    freebiel0ve @yahoo.com

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  33. the milk chocolate salted caramels! YUM!

    rrhiannon99 at yahoo.com

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  34. I'd like to try the Toffee Crunch Meltaway Truffles.

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  35. I'd like to try these:
    Chocolate Heart - Dilettante - 7 piece Assortment
    Chocolate Truffle Gift Box - Dilettante - 4 Piece

    matt_owns_me{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  36. I would LOVE to get my hands on some Toffee Crunch Meltaway Truffles! They sound amazing.

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  37. Peanut Butter Truffle Cremes Gift Box - Dilettante! Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

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  38. I would love to try the Peppermint Meltaway Truffles!
    cardprincess(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  39. I would love to try the Rheingold Butter Pecan Toffee - Dilettante - 8 Pieces.

    monster6236 at gmail dot com

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  40. Would love to try the Galaxy chocolates gift box...LOVE white chocolate! tracyddixon@hotmail.com

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  41. I'd like to try the salted caramels! Yummy.

    wildorchad@rambler.ru

    Elena

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  42. Ephemere Dark Chocolate Truffle Cremes No. 52 - Dilettante - 10oz

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  43. Would love to try the Toffee Crunch Meltaway Truffles - Dilettante!! YUM! grammypenny@frontier.com

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  44. Love to try the dark ephemere truffles.
    prettishi at yahoo dot com

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  45. I would enjoy the Peppermint Double Milk Chocolate Truffle Cremes Gift Box.

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  46. raspberry double milk chocolate truffles

    droopydog63 @ hotmail dot com

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  47. I would like to try Dilelante's Ephemere Meltaway Truffles

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  48. I would love to try the Naturals Sea Salt Cashews in Chocolate. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
    Bored2quickly@hotmail.com

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  49. OMG! I would LOVE to try the Mocha Truffle in Dark Chocolate! Mmmmmmmmm!
    kitty32504 at cox dot net

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  50. HORTON111@AOL.COM

    Peanut Butter Truffle CremeS

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  51. Toffee Crunch Truffle Cremes Gift Box - Dilettante

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  52. raspberry double milk chocolate
    stoopidgerlart@gmail.com

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  53. I would like to have the Peppermint Double Milk Chocolate Truffle Cremes Gift Box - 10oz

    kannw79 at gmail dot com

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  54. The toffee crunch meltaways sound delightful.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

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  55. Salted Caramels sound pretty good to me.

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  56. Ephemere Dark Chocolate Truffle Cremes
    gordito232 at gmail dot com

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  57. Rheingold Toffee - Milk Chocolate Covered Toffee - those sound delicious!

    detroit.mommy (at) gmail (dot) com

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  58. I would like to have the Salted Caramels in White Chocolate - Dilettante - 25 piece bulk

    morganowl28 at gmail dot com

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  59. I want Toffee Crunch Meltaway Truffles - Dilettante

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  60. I want all of them.

    imagdereve@hotmail.com

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  61. I like the Peppermint Meltaway Truffles. thanks.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  62. the Ephemere Dark Chocolate Truffle Cremes

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  63. I would like the Peppermint Meltaway Truffles.
    russrpm@gmail.com

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  64. I'd love to try the Chocolates Aristocrats - Dilettante - 15 pc
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  65. Red Chocolate Covered Royal Cherries...YUMMY!!!

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  66. Peppermint Meltaway Truffles - Dilettante - 8 piece
    bofwa@hotmail.com

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  67. the dark hand dipped truffles!

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  68. Champagne Chocolate Truffles. Drool.
    elysesw@aol.com

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  69. I would like to try the Salted Caramels.
    austma7@aol.com

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  70. I want the •Aristocrats Dark Chocolate Assorted Chocolate Gift Box - dark chocolate rules

    ddx155 at gmail.com

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  71. peppermint meltaway truffles

    lterek1027@gmail.com

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  72. peppermint meltaway truffles

    lterek1027@gmail.com

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  73. I would like to try Raspberry Double Milk Chocolate Truffle Cremes Gift Box. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and hope to win :) corrysue@yahoo.com

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  74. toffee crunch meltaway truffles

    gmarie242 at gmail

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  75. I'd like the Triple Chocolate Butter Biscotti Dipped in White Chocolate.

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  76. I would like Dilettante Peanut Butter Truffle Cremes No. 31.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  77. Would love to try the Ephemere truffles.

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  78. I think the Raspberry Truffle Cremes would be my pick.


    apoalillo {AT} hotmail dot com

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  79. I'd love the Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles!
    magickalblessings26{at}yahoo.com

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  80. The Toffee Crunch Meltaway Truffles sure look yummy.

    karenb834@yahoo.com

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  81. I would try Ephemere Dark Chocolate Truffle Cremes. nicholas334@cs.com

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  82. I'd like to try the Dilettante Chocolates Champagne Truffles :)

    jeninesweeps@yahoo.com

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  83. I would love to try the Raspberry Dark Chocolate Truffles.
    writer61@yahoo.com

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  84. The Salted Caramels in Milk Chocolate look so good!

    katfam95 at aim dot com

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  85. Ooooh... any of the salted caramels

    nickyflowers1978@hotmail.com

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  86. http://www.dilettante.com/Chocolate/Chocolate-Truffles-Dilettante-64piece.html

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  87. I love the Rheingold Toffee - Milk Chocolate Covered Toffee - 25 piece bulk .

    alittlepieceofheaven777(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  88. I would try the Naturals Sea Salt Cashews in Chocolate

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  89. Chocolates Aristocrats
    lisa.blogs2 at gmail dot com

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  90. I would like to try the Peanut Butter Truffle Cremes

    Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

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  91. love chocolate!

    Chocolates Discoveries - Dilettante - 15 pc

    tamarsweeps at gmail [dot.com

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  92. love the Toffee Crunch Meltaway Truffles

    contestcrow at gmail dot com

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  93. I would get the Peanut Butter Truffles.

    Desiree Dunbar
    desireedunbar@hotmail.com

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  94. Any chocolate is good chocolate!! Yum yum! G a b r i e l dot A l e x a n d r o u at alum.plattsburgh.edu

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  95. the gourment truffles mverno@roadrunner.com

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  96. I'd love to try their Peppermint Meltaway Truffles

    sarahurick (at) comcast (dot) net

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  97. Christina - xristya@rock.com - Chocolate Discoveries (Truffles)!

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  98. Toffee Crunch or Peppermint, i cannot decide

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  99. I would like the natural sea salt cashews in chocolate. Thanks for the giveaway.

    President dot peaches at hotmail dot com

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  100. I would love the Mocha Meltaway Truffles - Dilettante LeanS12(at)gmail(dot)com

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  101. The Toffee Crunch Truffle Cremes sound yummy
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

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  102. I like the Peppermint Truffle Cremes

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  103. I would like to try the Peanut Butter Truffle Cremes, lots of them!

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  104. cdziuba@aol.com this appeals to me Toffee Crunch Meltaway Truffles - Dilettante - 8 piece

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  105. I would like to try the Dark Chocolate Ephemere Truffles.

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  106. I would love to try the Salted Caramels
    karryknisley76 at hotmail dot com

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  107. Yikes, how do I narrow it down to only one thing? I would like to try the Raspberry Double Milk Chocolate Truffle Cremes most of all.

    glycine.max at gmail.com

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  108. I would like the Chocolates Sweet Resistance Chocolate Truffles - Dilettante - 15 Piece

    shawnac68@hotmail.com

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  109. I would love to sample the Deluxe Chocolate Truffle Gift Box - Dilettante - 32 piece.

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  110. The Dilettante Peanut Butter Truffle Cremes No. 31

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  111. I would love the Deluxe Chocolate Truffle Gift Box

    boylaneely at hotmail dot com

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  112. The Ephemere Meltaway Truffles - Dilettante - 8 piece sounds delicious!

    sugarsweet7202@yahoo(dot)com

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  113. i would like to try the peanut butter creme truffle

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

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  114. i'd love to try their salty caramels!

    annae07 at aol dot com

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  115. I would love to try the Peppermint Meltaway Truffles.

    arudig at comcast dot net

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  116. I'd like to try the Mocha Truffles in Dark Chocolate

    hook6475 at yahoo .com

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  117. id love the Toffee Crunch Truffle Cremes Gift Box - Dilettante - 10 oz

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  118. I want to try the Champagne Milk Chocolates!

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  119. The Valencia Orange Butter Biscotti in White Chocolate looks yummy! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  120. I would love to try the Mocha Meltaway Truffles.

    choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  121. Dilettante Toffee Crunch Truffle Cremes

    jdmimi at gmail dot com

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  122. I think I'd like the Mocha Meltaway Truffles. Yummy.

    mmalicoat06@gmail.com

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  123. I'd love to try the Peppermint Meltaway Truffles. trixpixel[at]gmail.com

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  124. the hand dipped dark chocolate mocha truffles

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  125. I would love the Mocha Meltaway Truffles.
    ashleygao24(at)gmail(dot)com

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  126. Ephemere Dark Chocolate Truffle Cremes
    thanks
    rochelle johnson
    traceyj40@sbcglobal.net

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  127. The Ephemere Meltaway Truffles sound heavenly, I would love those...and anything else chocolate! :-) Thank you.
    jaquerichards at yahoo dot com

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  128. mocha meltaway truffles please!
    kakihararocks@gmail.com

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  129. Chocolate Heart - Dilettante - 7 piece Assortment

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  130. the mocha dark chocolate dipped truffles look great!

    coupbee@yahoo.com

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  131. It has to be their Peppermint Meltaway Truffles

    rtrexel@gmail.com

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  132. Raspberry Double Milk Chocolate Truffle Cremes Gift Box - my 2 favs together
    sue14625@gmail.com

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  133. i would get the peppermint meltaway truffles

    jim.coyne2@verizon.net

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  134. Toffee Crunch Meltaway Truffles - Dilettante - 8 piece

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  135. I would love to have the raspberry truffles. What a treat!

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  136. peppermint meltaway truffles

    marygardner49 at aol dot com

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  137. would love the Almond Biscotti Bites in Semisweet Chocolate

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  138. I would like to try the Toffee Crunch Meltaway Truffles!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  139. I really like the look of Chocolates Truffle Basket - Dilettante - Petite - 3.5 oz
    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  140. -I would love to have the Toffee Crunch Truffle Cremes Gift Box

    Email: starseeds88 (at) yahoo dot com
    THANKS!! :)

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  141. Rheingold Toffee - Milk Chocolate Covered Toffee - 25 piece bulk .


    clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

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  142. The Toffee Crunch Truffle Cremes sound awesome!
    heatherpooh (hotmail)

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  143. Dilettante Peanut Butter Truffle Cremes No. 31
    spcale at yahoo dot com

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  144. Milk Chocolate Couverture - 35% Cacao Mass - Dilettante - 12oz.

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  145. Raspberry Truffle in Dark Chocolate - Dilettante - 25 piece bulk
    wallindeb@yahoo.com

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  146. I would love to have the Salted Caramels in Milk Chocolate.

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  147. I would love the Ephemere Chocolate Truffles in Milk and Dark Chocolate

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com

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  148. I would love to try the Peanut Butter Truffle Cremes Gift Box - Dilettante - 10 oz
    zestywonderland@gmail.com

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  149. I would love the Raspberry Double Milk Chocolate Truffle Cremes. garrettsambo@aol.com

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