If you're in NYC or planning a visit then you have to walk through Chelsea Market. It's a long hallway of specialty food stores, restaurants, wine bars, a grocery store, and coffee shops. It's a foodie's paradise. It's also home to Food Network where I heard that they shop for groceries downstairs and then shoot some of their shows in the studios upstairs. Even though Chelsea Market is one of my favorite places to wander around, it's still horrifically crowded with tourists. Especially on the weekends. Going in, you kind of have to accept the fact that you're going to be walking in this massive zombie-crawl throughout the market. Or you can pretend that you're in a parade like I sometimes do, to keep from going crazy and stampeding everyone. It's best to just keep your calm...smile and wave.
Ok so deep in the back of Chelsea Market is a store called Chelsea Market Baskets. It's billed as an "artisan foods" store with "inspiring gifts" which is all true actually. But what they don't mention is their great chocolate selection. A whole wall of chocolate bars, a glass case of chocolate truffles, and jars and jars of bulk chocolate candy. And not just any bulk candy, Marich candy. You might remember Marich from that time I freaked out when I saw them in a Chicago Whole Foods. Marich is quality stuff and the only place I've ever seen it sold by the pound in NYC is at Chelsea Market Baskets. Ta-daaaaa:
|yes, go inside|
|jars of bulk candy|
|jars and jars...|
|pumpkin spice caramel|
Moving on to the chocolate wall. (I really hope I get to say those words again some time). Chelsea Market Baskets has an entire wall of artisan chocolate bars. They're the fancier, bean-to-bar chocolate bars and make really nice gifts for chocolate lovers...or yourself on a random Saturday.
|fancy chocolate bars|
|more fancy chocolate bars|
A lot of the more well-known chocolate brands are represented here and if you're anything like me you'll stand facing this wall for
an hour several minutes trying to decide which new bar to buy.
Finally, if truffles are more your thing then you're in luck as they have a nice case of truffles too. I don't tend to buy truffles often because I eat them all as soon as I get home (just me? I keep wanting to try all of the different flavors I bought and then next thing I know they're gone and I'm out like, 20 bucks in 2 minutes). Anyway, the few truffles I've had from the case are all great quality. If you have the willpower and can play the long game, then go for it.
|case of chocolate truffles|
So that's it. The first of many more NYC posts to come. If you find yourself in New York then you must take a (slow) stroll through Chelsea Market and stop into Chelsea Market Baskets for some fine chocolate. Let me know your favorite fancy chocolate bar in the comments below or tag me on Instagram @thecandyquestblog. Happy questing!