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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Raindrop Chocolate

810 Waugh Drive

For months, Rekha and I watched as they put this cute little place together on Waugh. When it finally opened, we rushed in to find that they were still putting together their furniture and installing their cash register.

The proprietor is a former technology executive who left his job, travelled the world, working at small chocolate shops to learn the craft. He described his vision as a European-style chocolate shop with artisanal chocolate.

In this brightly painted shop, there is a glass partition where you can both watch and talk to the owner as he prepares things like rasberry chocolate truffle, and orange chocolate. I tried both. The chocolate here reminds me of Amadei, an Italian chocolate that has won many awards, including the World's Best Chocolate. The chocolate tastes like fruit without there actually being any fruit inside. When you combine a chocolate like that with actual fruit flavorings like orange or rasberry, the result is a very tropical chocolate taste. It's not for everyone, but it will knock your socks off if you're open to a different kind of chocolate.

This is a good place to grab a few bites of something sweet. If you don't want chocolates, they also have cheesecake and gelato. Go support this locally-owned and operated foodie vision. You'll feel good about being such a good neighbor, even before you try the sweets.

UPDATE (October 12, 2006): Last week, I went back to the Raindrop Chocolate and tried four truffles. I was disappointed in all four. I won't name them, but they all had one common problem--the filling tasted more like a cross between equal parts jelly/jam and chocolate, rather than a true chocolate-based ganache. I was really surprised at how much I didn't like the chocolate considering the commentary on this post and my previous good experience with their orange truffle.


morton hurley said...

Cool! We'll go check it out this weekend.

Have you ever been to the Chocolate Bar on Alabama?

And are you going to submit your votes for the 2006 edition of Best of Houston?

August 21, 2006

Anonymous said...

Love your site!!Very helpful and I really enjoy reading about your new adventures around town.. Keep up the great work!!

August 28, 2006

Anonymous said...

I love The Chocolate Bar!
Raindrop Chocolates did not get me WET! Seems to be lacking the excitment that the chocolate bar has created. Also seems very barren. Looked more like a close-out sale than a recently opened store.

August 29, 2006

Huan said...

Chocolate Bar is very good. I like the German Chocolate ice-cream there, but not their too-dry cakes. I also love the atmosphere.

Yes, Raindrop is a little devoid of action, but maybe with a little time the crowds will come.

August 29, 2006

Mark Reed said...

Let the masses -- like a herd of cattle -- go to the Chocolate Bar. Let the true connoisseurs of ultra-fine chocolates and gelatos come to Raindrop Chocolates. My friends and I are frequent patrons of RC, and we prefer quality over quantity. Also, watching the owner create truffles before your very eyes assures you of the freshness.

September 16, 2006

Anonymous said...

The Chocolate bar is good, but you have to try the Cutting Garden on westheimer. OH MY GOD truffles are to die for! Very unique, colorful chocolates. Everytime I go in they have so many different flavors they just keep adding and adding! Definately a must go

September 23, 2006

Anonymous said...

I’ve been to Raindrop Chocolate and I’ve been to the Chocolate Bar…Raindrop Chocolate is much better. The Chocolate Bar is like eating a slice of cake made from a box mix at your local grocery store. Raindrop Chocolate is like eating a slice of cake made from scratch by your grandmother with nothing but the absolute best ingredients….there is no real comparison….at Raindrop Chocolate everything is fresh, the staff is friendly and they really have the best truffles and gelato, not to mention the other goodies. I have been there at least 8 times since they opened in July 2006.

September 24, 2006

Anonymous said...

I go to The Chocolate Bar just to watch and oogle the workers through the large glass window make everything on site! Talk about fresh. They produce an entire line of Fresh fruit daily ie; Strawberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Bananas, Ornage segments and Apple slices. Talk about your healthy eating! Vitamin C never tasted so good.

October 12, 2006


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