Anyone who really knows me is very aware of my love affair with chocolate. No matter where I am I have to have at least a little piece every day. A bite or two mid afternoon and I’m a happy gal. My passion for chocolate is such that every year I go cold turkey for the six weeks of Lent. It started as a kid in Catholic school and has followed me for years where now I think I do it to prove it to myself that I can indeed put a temporary hold on my obsession.
That being said, as soon as Lent is over I am back to my daily treat. To break my fast J. always indulges me with a box of See’s chocolates which is a staple if you live in southern California. Growing up we had a neighbor with family in Los Angeles so I was introduced to this candy as a youngster. When I’m at home I’m happy to have a pound of See’s around, but once I get to Lucca it’s Caniparoli Cioccolateria for me.
This shop is always one of my first stops when I get to Lucca. I love to buy their chocolates as gifts for friends and clients that join me on my tours, but of course I’m really there to stock up for my addiction. I think I’ve I’ve tasted everything in these photos and I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite.
I’m a fool for anything with hazelnuts so white and dark chocolate in the top photo is usually my first purchase. There’s also bark with puffed rice (see above) similar to a Nestles crunch but taken to a whole new level.
Do not hesitate to buy one of their cakes. They come in a variety of sizes, one even small enough to have all by yourself. I am dedicating this post to my two amazing friends Bonnie and Bev who can appreciate how great this shop is. Bev is the creator of the cake shown below-an amazing recreation of the one from La Cioccolateria that we shared on our last night together in Lucca. Thank you B & B for following me to one of my favorite Lucca spots day after day.
Via San Paolino, 96
June 2, 2014 at 1:10 am
That is such a naughty post!!! I love everything in Lucca.
June 2, 2014 at 1:44 pm
Francesca-it is a little naughty especially since I’m not there right now and can’t indulge in these gorgeous chocolates!
June 2, 2014 at 3:36 am
I love looking at chocolate and tasting chocolate from different places. Thanks for sharing!
June 2, 2014 at 1:46 pm
Eatpraybake-I think I need to get in the kitchen and bake something chocolatey right away.
June 2, 2014 at 4:27 am
Yes I visited this store and it is very special
June 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm
Lyn-I’m so glad that you made it to my favorite shop!
June 2, 2014 at 8:20 am
Che buonissima ! Here’s to coordinating a visit to Lucca insieme! Ciao!
June 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm
Gina-yes-we will definitely have to get together next time I’m in the area. I would really love to rent a place in Arezzo for a month or so at some point.
June 2, 2014 at 9:06 am
Saremo a Lucca per 8 giorni questa mese e mio marito anche e’ passionato da cioccolate. Ma, siamo già’ triste perché sara’ la ultima posta in nostra grande avventura, incluso 6 mese in Italia, andiamo in bici.
No vedo l’ora di ritornare a Lucca. E’ una carina citta’.
June 2, 2014 at 1:50 pm
Seattle Ciclista-you lucky guys! Give Lucca my love and think of me when you have some chocolate from La Cioccolateria…
June 2, 2014 at 11:27 am
Mmmmmmmm, that looks like the chocolate shops to end all chocolate shops!! I need to find it!!! ;o)
June 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm
Lizbert1-are you near Lucca? If so you definitely need to go on over.
June 2, 2014 at 11:27 am
I have a piece of chocolate each day as well. I took my love of chocolate to a new level when I bought a chocolate shop when I lived in Florida. I used to love the intense smell of chocolate when I would open the back of the glass cases each morning when I opened the store each day.
June 2, 2014 at 1:48 pm
Karen-I can’t believe that you owned a chocolate shop! I don’t think I could handle being around it all the time-not enough willpower!
June 2, 2014 at 1:55 pm
It was impossible to eat chocolate in the shop…I was worried that I would have a melted chocolate smile when a customer came into the shop. 😀
June 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm
…one of my favourite shops in Lucca.
June 3, 2014 at 1:15 am
Debra-truth be told you probably introduced me to the shop the first time that we met and you took me on your personalized Lucca tour. Grazie!
June 2, 2014 at 2:40 pm
Wow this is a super post. I love dark Chocolate .. and I love looking round chocolate shops , I don’t really have a sweet tooth , but a square a day normally does me. thanks for sharing.
June 3, 2014 at 1:17 am
Annieparis-you have to come to Lucca and find this shop! I’m sure you’ve had amazing chocolates in Paris.
June 2, 2014 at 3:32 pm
Wow. What a wonderful store. It looks like Chocolate Heaven. Living in Los Angeles, I too know See’s Candies. To this day I stop in and get a caramel o a Scotch Kiss when I go to the mall. Just being in the black and white store brings back lots of happy childhood memories.
June 3, 2014 at 1:19 am
Adri-isn’t See’s just the best? I feel lucky that I was introduced to it as a kid even though I grew up in NY. Once I made it to CA I knew exactly where to go for my chocolate fix!
June 2, 2014 at 7:38 pm
Most delicious cake ever (the one B bought, not the ones I tried to re-create)!!
June 3, 2014 at 1:20 am
B-you are crazy! I know that your cake was just as good as the one in the shop! The next time we are together in Faversham I expect this cake to be waiting for me-okay?
June 2, 2014 at 10:01 pm
There are so many incredible pasticcerie and sweet shops in Italy like this one in Lucca. I remember one in Assisi that we found just wandering around. It had the most glorious giant meringues on display. Plus all sorts of wonderful soft torrone. But I also love good chocolate. There is so much of it in Italy. I think your habit of a small piece every day is a good one. I may have to pick it up.
June 3, 2014 at 1:21 am
Domenica-oh yes-you must have a little chocolate each day! When I finally make to Abruzzo I am going to get a list of all your favorite spots.
July 29, 2014 at 8:40 pm
I was just in Lucca almost two weeks ago and went to the chocolate shop, but it was closed for holidays. I was really disappointed. I guess I will just have to go back to Lucca again soon 🙂
July 31, 2014 at 12:53 am
Nancy-I am so sorry to hear that the shop was closed but at least you were in beautiful Lucca. I am jealous!
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