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Old August 13th, 2008, 10:50 PM
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How many people have eaten at the chocolate buffet? How was it? I have been on 6 cruises and eaten at 2 chocolate buffet on different cruise lines. Awful!!! The only thing that tasted like chocolate was the chocolate fountain. Everything else was bland. What do you think, am I too picky?
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We were on a cruise at the end of July. As chocolate lovers it sounded just wonderful. After waiting in line for 20 minutes we got to select our treats. The only thing edible was a small swan cream puff with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup. The chocolate cakes and deserts tasted awful. I ended up taking one bite and leaving them. What a disappointment.
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I've seen the chocolate buffets. Most culinary schools lean towards Dark chocolate for creating desserts and other chocolate treats. Dark chocolates are not sweet like our regular US Milk chocolate treats. Its part of the reason Dark chocolates are paired with various wines because it brings out the subtle flavors of the wine and the chocolate together.

Just a heads up for chocolate lovers... I guess they should call it.. Dark Chocolate buffet.
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Many people just hate the best kind of chocolate, because it doesn´t taste like the chocolate they normally eat!

I doubt that the cruiselines have the best kind of chocolate on their chocolate buffets but in some cases it can be so that those who hate the chocolate are just used to something else and don´t get what they expect!

For us, the chocolate buffe is not important when we cruise but when we have been there, it has tasted good.
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I have never been to a chocolate buffet, but I really only like dark chocolate. Milk - is too granular and sugary tasting. I like to find the nuances in chocolate, just as in wine.

A favorite pairing is to shave some good quality dark chocolate w/ a microplane grater into some local made raspberry wine - it tastes just like a truffle.
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I would rather have one piece of really good high quality chocolate, dark or not than all the 'chocolate buffet' chocolate in the world.
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I would rather have one piece of really good high quality chocolate, dark or not than all the 'chocolate buffet' chocolate in the world.
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Ooops! apologize for the double post.
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I guess everyone needs to try it once. Not something I would normally put on my agenda for the day though.
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I had some of the best chocolate mousse ever on the Conquest's chocolate buffet. Also, the chocolate sushi was wonderful! I had the banana fritters and loved them so much I went back for seconds!!!! Some of the cakes can be a little on the dry side, but they are delicious!!!

I am a chocoholic. I can't eat cheap chocolate because it tastes horrible. I prefer my high quality chocolate like Bernard Callebaut and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Both are Canadian chocolatiers, but Callebaut does have a few stores int he US.

I look forward to the chocolate buffet on the ship! I've been on the Conquest and the Liberty, both had excellent chocolate buffets!!!!
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I think I would take a cruise just for the chocolate buffet!!!
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Chocolate Buffets are the highlight of the cruise in my opinion. I would not gon on a cruise that did not keep up this time honored tradition.
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I like to go see the visual of the buffet, but, I agree with many, Taste is not all that great. I pretty much only eat dark chocolate, but most of the items on the buffet are 'off the mark' for me. Pie and cakes are most misses. Cookies and chocolate-covered fruits are tasty, safe options. I keep trying the chocolate buffet every cruise, just in case .

On a similar vein.... Has anyone found a cruiseline that know how to make cheesecake? They are always dry(not enough cream cheese) and not near sweet enough (floury, almost) I try on every ship and line. Guess I need to get my fix in NYC BEFORE I get on the ship in Septmeber
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The best cheesecake I've found at sea is from Carnival's room service. Their dining room version was no where near what I consider good cheesecake. Go figure.
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I am going on my first carnival cruise in Dec and was wondering does every cruise have a choc buffet. I don't think you can get better than a choc. buffet and cruising at the same time!!!!!
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Thanks Marty for the cheesecake tip. I'll definitely try it out.
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You're welcome. And, I should have added that the best chocolate cake on board was also via room service. This according to my hubby, the very picky eater.
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I've never found a chocolate I haven't liked. Yes, there are better ones than others, but milk, dark as long as it's not marred with nuts, I'll eat it! I've only been to one chocolate buffet. It was on the Infinity back in 2006, we were on an 11 nt cruise to Mexico. We arrived a little late and it was pretty picked over but we still did some damage........lol!
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I'll be on the Golden Princess in March. And as a chocoholic I was wondering if The Golden Princess has a chocolate buffet too.

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The line that initiated the chocolate buffet was NCL.. I too am a chocoholic and will only eat the dark, the darker the better.. You know you've had great chocolate when the caffeine high keeps you up at night--seriously.. One taste of good chocolate and the "high" is better than any cup of coffee. What happens is because people are "noshing" all day long by the time they get to a chocolate buffet they really just want to look and take a taste.. a taste of everything and there is a huge waste so much of the items per orders of the pastry chef are cut tiny.. What I think is great is all the chocolate for diabetics....nobody misses out..
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I've seen the chocolate buffets. Most culinary schools lean towards Dark chocolate for creating desserts and other chocolate treats. Dark chocolates are not sweet like our regular US Milk chocolate treats. Its part of the reason Dark chocolates are paired with various wines because it brings out the subtle flavors of the wine and the chocolate together.

Just a heads up for chocolate lovers... I guess they should call it.. Dark Chocolate buffet.
Nope that wasn't it. I like dark chocolate alot. But the chocolate buffets I have been to were lacking any favor at all. Not even that nice bite that dark chocolate provides. Come on guys toss us some brownies are something the dry bland cakes aren't cutting it.
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I had some of the best chocolate mousse ever on the Conquest's chocolate buffet. Also, the chocolate sushi was wonderful! I had the banana fritters and loved them so much I went back for seconds!!!! Some of the cakes can be a little on the dry side, but they are delicious!!!

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I look forward to the chocolate buffet on the ship! I've been on the Conquest and the Liberty, both had excellent chocolate buffets!!!!
Old town Sacramento shop sells the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory it is quite tasty.
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"Old town Sacramento shop sells the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory it is quite tasty"


Is their chocolate that good..I have had a piece of their penuche walnut fudge at a local mall.....
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I had a Caramel apple with snickers. I couldn't find a picture of it, but here is one with chocolate chips.
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