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Oakland - Lulu Rae Confections – Tango Gelato & exquisite chocolate figs

rworange | Dec 28, 200511:10 PM

Actually all the chocolate dipped fruits are amazing.

That fig was practically fresh … it was so moist and full of flavor. The apricot was also moist and almost juicy. The sliver of chocolate dipped mango was mangolicious. The stick-like piece of dipped lemon peel was so good, that the chocolate only detracted from the pure citrus goodness.

I wish I bought one each of the fruit dipped chocolates. Lulu Rae has a special talent for making dried and candied fruits. The shop also makes chocolate covered marshmallows that look like popsicles.

In addition to making their own chocolates and some delicious looking fudge, the shop sells other top name chocolates. They also have a nice selection of Tango Gelato. The pear was looking particularly good.

They have 5 types of hot chocolate (or Haut Chocolate). There are two Mexican hot chocolates which I’m sure are from Chuao, a white hot chocolate, the Lulu blend at about 60% cocoa and another that is 72% cacao. At least one of the drinks uses Vosges chocolate. My understanding is that, like Scharffenberger, Sketch and Blue Bottle, these high cacao hot chocolates start by melting chocolate bars.

The shop is also recommended on a number of vegan sites because it carries vegan XOX truffles, banana bread, scones, cupcakes, soy gelato and sorbet. Unless you are a vegan, it won’t be noticed. There are some sugar free items as well.

There are lots of hard candies with a big assortment of licorice.

The shop opened in February 2005 and there are a few brief mentions on Chowhound, but it doesn’t seem much sampling was done. The shop carries baked goods, and Chowhound reports are to stick to the candy, especially with La Farine two doors down. It is a tricky location because Cole Coffee is on the next block, so they probably loose coffee business to Cole.

The shop started because the owner, Shelley Grubb, loves chocolate, thought the East Bay lacked good chocolate shops. She also wanted to sell Chicago’s Vosges truffles. Unfortunately, they don’t travel well. She sells Vosges chocolate bars, both plain and in unusual flavors like Black Pearl (wasabi and ginger).

There were some nice looking petite fours from Petaluma, but I didn’t catch the name.

The shop has a large selection of Leonidas chocolate from Belgium.

Other chocolates makers include XOX, Chuao (just bars, I think), Scharffenberger, Valrhona, Michel Cluizel, Charles SF, Cacao Anasa, Caffarel, Black China Bakery, Ashers, Charlotte's, Fran's. Joseph Schmidt, Lake Champlain and Mark Avenue

I tried two pretty truffles from Cacao Anasa. The bergamot and the jasmine were totally without any trace of those flavors. Has anyone tried these chocolates? They have some interesting flavors like basil, pomegranate, fig & ginger, blood orange, Chinese 5 spice, curry … well, here’s the site


One blog said that Grubb will try to carry brands of chocolate that customers request.

Here are links to previous Chowhound mentions.



Lulu Rae Confections
6311 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 54-SWEET
(510) 547-9338

Link: http://www.lulurae.com/main.htm

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