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Artisan Confections - Chocolatier Jason Andelman in Clarendon and Mosaic District

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The bon bon review in the food section of the Post today seemed right on. Congratulations,Jason! Your stuff looked awesome!

Kingsbury chocolate IS disappointing. The caramels are great but the texture of the creams is awful and the products look sloppy.The popcornballs are the best thing I have ever had but do not a chocolatier make.

People will buy anything as long as it is pink,chocolate or shrimp. I have spoken.

Thank you. Of course, we are dissapointed we didnt actually "win" the tasting, but like someone else said "different strokes for different folks". I think that statement holds true to most food items, as it is a very subjective matter indeed. As for our chocolates, we hope you all try them out and make your own opinion.

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Jason,

I have only seen your chocolates in packages of twelve and greater. Is there anywhere I can buy a couple to sample. I am sure they are good but I have a thing where I can't keep chocolate around, and no matter what I say I don't share!

I look forward to trying your chocolates as they are very pretty.

Thanks!

Nancy

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Jason,

I have only seen your chocolates in packages of twelve and greater. Is there anywhere I can buy a couple to sample. I am sure they are good but I have a thing where I can't keep chocolate around, and no matter what I say I don't share!

I look forward to trying your chocolates as they are very pretty.

Thanks!

Nancy

Your best bet is to check out Periwinkle, which is on Livingston St. in NW DC. It is a small gift/chocolate shop just off Connecticut Ave., near Friendship Hts. They carry our chocolates by the piece, as well as by the box. Also, we have a 4-piece box that a few of the stores carry (Best Cellars in Arlington and The Winery in Old Town). Good Luck.

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Hello All-

I just wanted to let all of you know that Artisan Confections has now opened a small retail shop in North Arlington. It is located at 4815-B Lee Highway which is almost at the intersection of Glebe (in the same strip as Subway, Dominos and the Indian grocery). We are very close to Arrowine, Pastries by Randolph, and Heidelberg Bakery. I will be selling our signature bon-bons (all made with Valrhona chocolate) as well as some other confectionery products. I will also be selling Valrhona chocolate in bulk by the pound for all of your home baking needs.

I have been selling boxed chocolates wholesale to various retail stores in the DC area for some time now and when the space became available it was hard to pass up. To be perfectly honest, I took the space mainly for the production aspect and the retail was more of an afterthought. Our summer hours will be somewhat limited (Mon-Fri, 11-6 PM), however, after Labor Day we plan on being open Saturday and maybe until 8:00 PM one night per week.

If you are not familiar with the chocolates, please check out our website at www.artisanconfections.com

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and please come by and check out our store. I look forward to any feedback you may have and I hope that Artisan Confections will become your first choice for fine chocolates in the DC area.

Cheers,

Jason

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I just wanted to let all of you know that Artisan Confections has now opened a small retail shop in North Arlington. It is located at 4815-B Lee Highway which is almost at the intersection of Glebe (in the same strip as Subway, Dominos and the Indian grocery). We are very close to Arrowine, Pastries by Randolph, and Heidelberg Bakery.

On which side of Glebe is that--the Arrowine/Randolph's side or the Heidelberg Bakery side?

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On which side of Glebe is that--the Arrowine/Randolph's side or the Heidelberg Bakery side?

The shop is west of Glebe, so I guess that would be the Heidelberg side. Although we are on the other side of the street. We are directly across from Cowboy Cafe (1/2 price burgers all day on Tuesdays) and Ricks Tatoo. There is parking either next to Subway or next to Dominos. Hope that helps.

Jason

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The shop is west of Glebe, so I guess that would be the Heidelberg side. Although we are on the other side of the street. We are directly across from Cowboy Cafe (1/2 price burgers all day on Tuesdays) and Ricks Tatoo. There is parking either next to Subway or next to Dominos. Hope that helps.

Jason

Jason, I picked up a box of your chocolates as a hostess present a few weekends ago. My friend can't stop raving about them. I saw them (they are beautiful) but did not get to sample... I look forward to paying you a visit.

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Jason,

I have only seen your chocolates in packages of twelve and greater. Is there anywhere I can buy a couple to sample. I am sure they are good but I have a thing where I can't keep chocolate around, and no matter what I say I don't share!

I look forward to trying your chocolates as they are very pretty.

Thanks!

Nancy

We stopped by Jason's shop on Lee Hwy this evening and picked up a small assortment of truffles by the piece. Since it was just for personal consumption, we got them unboxed, and they were only $1.25 a piece. Delicious and easy on the wallet. We also picked up a pound of bulk 72% Valrhona bittersweet chocolate. These come in the form of small oval disks, perfect for snacking.

Jason's truffles are really outstanding. The flavors really enhance the flavor of the chocolate without overpowering them. We picked out the malted milk chocolate (my 2 yr old liked that it was blue), salted caramel, and the mint. All really good and making me wish I'd picked out more.

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We stopped by Jason's shop on Lee Hwy this evening and picked up a small assortment of truffles by the Jason's truffles are really outstanding. The flavors really enhance the flavor of the chocolate without overpowering them. We picked out the malted milk chocolate (my 2 yr old liked that it was blue), salted caramel, and the mint. All really good and making me wish I'd picked out more.

The salted butter caramel are like liquid crack! I bought Paula a 24-count box and she was kind enough to share them with me. All flavors were enjoyed, particularly the cinnamon honey and the pistachio.

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The salted butter caramel are like liquid crack! I bought Paula a 24-count box and she was kind enough to share them with me. All flavors were enjoyed, particularly the cinnamon honey and the pistachio.

Pete-

Glad you enjoyed the chocolates. Actually, the salted butter caramel is made with crystal meth, not liquid crack like you thought(so for all you tweakers out there.....). :unsure: Also, I like to add that the honey I use for the cinnamon-honey ganache comes from a local beekeeper on George Mason Dr. in Arlington. The guy has hives out near Winchester, VA, but he also has quite a few in his backyard. The honey is nice and what I would consider the definition of "local"....

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My sister & I love your chocolates...I'm sure we'll stop by the next time she visits (if not before). Congratulations, Jason, & good luck!

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Jason sells some small bags of chocolatey confections in addition to the bon bons in his shop. On our last visit there, we picked up a bag of dark chocolate, toffee, pretzel and crushed cocoa nib things. These things are almost as addictive as the crystal meth caramels. The toffee adds that slightly salty buttery note that goes so well with the chocolates.

And for those who get the Arlington Sun Gazette, Jason's got his picture in it this week in an article about small Arlington businesses.

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I hope everyone is having a nice summer. Here at the shop I am trying to get ready for the upcoming season by working on new flavors for our signature bon-bons. I also got a new toy. It is a very nice enrobing machine (albeit small) which will enable me to produce more chocolates and an overall better product. Anyway, I just got the machine and have been testing and fine-tuning it for the last 2 days.

Well, I now have about 750 pieces of fresh chocolates that need to be consumed. Since most of the chocolates are not perfect and since they are new flavors I have decided to give them away. So, for those of you not busy this weekend, we are having an open house/tasting at our shop this Saturday, August 12 from 2-4 PM.

Please come by and check out our new store and have some free chocolates. Of course we have our regular items available for sale, but my main motivation for this open house is to give away all of the "less-than-perfect" chocolates I just made. If anything it is nice a cool in here and a good break from the heat (although I done think it is going to be too hot this weekend). So come by, check out or stuff, eat some chocolates, and take a few home for a late night snack.

Just FYI, we are located at 4815-B Lee Highway in Arlington. The shop is between Glebe and George Mason. We are directly across the street from Cowboy Cafe and right next to a Subway. You can park in the lot next to Subway or next to Domino's Pizza. We are very close to Arrowine, Heidelberg Bakery, Pastries by Randolph, and some other great food destinations. Hope to see some of you on Saturday.

Cheers,

Jason

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I hope everyone is having a nice summer. Here at the shop I am trying to get ready for the upcoming season by working on new flavors for our signature bon-bons. I also got a new toy. It is a very nice enrobing machine (albeit small) which will enable me to produce more chocolates and an overall better product. Anyway, I just got the machine and have been testing and fine-tuning it for the last 2 days.

Well, I now have about 750 pieces of fresh chocolates that need to be consumed. Since most of the chocolates are not perfect and since they are new flavors I have decided to give them away. So, for those of you not busy this weekend, we are having an open house/tasting at our shop this Saturday, August 12 from 2-4 PM.

Please come by and check out our new store and have some free chocolates. Of course we have our regular items available for sale, but my main motivation for this open house is to give away all of the "less-than-perfect" chocolates I just made. If anything it is nice a cool in here and a good break from the heat (although I done think it is going to be too hot this weekend). So come by, check out or stuff, eat some chocolates, and take a few home for a late night snack.

Just FYI, we are located at 4815-B Lee Highway in Arlington. The shop is between Glebe and George Mason. We are directly across the street from Cowboy Cafe and right next to a Subway. You can park in the lot next to Subway or next to Domino's Pizza. We are very close to Arrowine, Heidelberg Bakery, Pastries by Randolph, and some other great food destinations. Hope to see some of you on Saturday.

Cheers,

Jason

Jason: I was just reading this thread with a mental note that I have to take my boyfriend here and taste some of your cholocates in the future. Then I go to this post! WOW! 750 pieces of chocolate that are less then perfect! I'm there and will try to bring others as well. Thanks for the offer. I love chocolate.

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I now have about 750 pieces of fresh chocolates that need to be consumed. Since most of the chocolates are not perfect and since they are new flavors I have decided to give them away. So, for those of you not busy this weekend, we are having an open house/tasting at our shop this Saturday, August 12 from 2-4 PM.

Wow. I hope there's lots of parking nearby. :) Be prepared for the deluge, man. It's going to look like a DR reunion in there.

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Wow. I hope there's lots of parking nearby. :) Be prepared for the deluge, man. It's going to look like a DR reunion in there.
Anybody care to predict how soon after the doors open at 2:00pm, piece #750 disappears? :lol:

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Anybody care to predict how soon after the doors open at 2:00pm, piece #750 disappears? :)

If I get there, 219p.

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I hope everyone is having a nice summer. Here at the shop I am trying to get ready for the upcoming season by working on new flavors for our signature bon-bons. I also got a new toy. It is a very nice enrobing machine (albeit small) which will enable me to produce more chocolates and an overall better product. Anyway, I just got the machine and have been testing and fine-tuning it for the last 2 days.

Well, I now have about 750 pieces of fresh chocolates that need to be consumed. Since most of the chocolates are not perfect and since they are new flavors I have decided to give them away. So, for those of you not busy this weekend, we are having an open house/tasting at our shop this Saturday, August 12 from 2-4 PM.

Please come by and check out our new store and have some free chocolates. Of course we have our regular items available for sale, but my main motivation for this open house is to give away all of the "less-than-perfect" chocolates I just made. If anything it is nice a cool in here and a good break from the heat (although I done think it is going to be too hot this weekend). So come by, check out or stuff, eat some chocolates, and take a few home for a late night snack.

Just FYI, we are located at 4815-B Lee Highway in Arlington. The shop is between Glebe and George Mason. We are directly across the street from Cowboy Cafe and right next to a Subway. You can park in the lot next to Subway or next to Domino's Pizza. We are very close to Arrowine, Heidelberg Bakery, Pastries by Randolph, and some other great food destinations. Hope to see some of you on Saturday.

Cheers,

Jason

I guess I should clarify before people start showing up with insulated backpacks ready to fill up with chocolates. We will be tasting about 4-5 different chocolates in the store. We will have some small bags available for people to take a few chocolates home with them if they like. I am going to limit the "to-go' chocolates to 3 per person. We want to share the wealth as much as possible. The chocolates we will be tasting are new chocolates for the upcoming season. We will have a few varietal ganaches (85% and 64% Manjari), some sea salt caramels, and a new PB and J which I need feedback on. Basically it is a 2-layer chocolate. One layer is a strawberry pate de fruit and on top is a layer of peanut putter combined with honey, chocolate, and some crunch. All chocolates are enrobed with 61% bittersweet. Other chocolates include a lemon-hazelnut, fresh ginger, and a few pieces of homemade pecan marzipan. I hope that helps clarify things, i dont want anyone to leave dissapointed...

Cheers,

Jason

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I guess I should clarify before people start showing up with insulated backpacks ready to fill up with chocolates. We will be tasting about 4-5 different chocolates in the store. We will have some small bags available for people to take a few chocolates home with them if they like. I am going to limit the "to-go' chocolates to 3 per person. We want to share the wealth as much as possible. The chocolates we will be tasting are new chocolates for the upcoming season. We will have a few varietal ganaches (85% and 64% Manjari), some sea salt caramels, and a new PB and J which I need feedback on. Basically it is a 2-layer chocolate. One layer is a strawberry pate de fruit and on top is a layer of peanut putter combined with honey, chocolate, and some crunch. All chocolates are enrobed with 61% bittersweet. Other chocolates include a lemon-hazelnut, fresh ginger, and a few pieces of homemade pecan marzipan. I hope that helps clarify things, i dont want anyone to leave dissapointed...

Cheers,

Jason

Not to worry Jason, we are just having some fun. Hmm, PB&J and some pecan marzipan. I will have to stop by now.

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I am going to limit the "to-go' chocolates to 3 per person. We want to share the wealth as much as possible.

Oh well. I guess I should cancel the U-Haul that I rented. :)

All kidding aside, this is a very generous offer and we hope to be able to stop by on Saturday.

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Jason: I'm salivating at the descriptions. This is veyr generous and i am more than happy to be your a taster. I wil have to convince my boyfriend to come too and give his input. He is new to the entire "tasting" phenomena, but he is open to trying new things. See you Saturday at 2 pm

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WELL???

Jason is a very nice guy, the new enrobing machine is tres cool if you're a gearhead, and the chocolates are both beautiful and delicious. I was especially fond of the manjari (just a plain dark varietal, I think), and the sea salt caramel. Mr P preferred the lemon hazelnut. We went home with a box of twelve assorted, which we're slowly working through.

We made an expedition of it by checking out Arrowine, Pastries by Randolph, and Heidelberg.

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