Are you in the mood for some really good chocolate? (Are there really people out there who aren't?) If you haven't been to The Chocolate Bar on 9th street, then you're missing out. There are actually several chocolate shops around, even one in BODO not far from where The Chocolate Bar is. They don't compare.
The first time I had chocolate from here, a friend brought me a box as a thank you. There were chocolates I had never dreamed of before, including a ginger chocolate and a chocolate with sea salt sprinkled on top--phenomenal and nothing I had expected to really like. Since then I've been back many times tasting everything from their many delicious little truffles to their lavender bark (made with real lavender) to their orange slices in dark chocolate to, well, everything in between.
The shop is heavenly. It smells fantastic, as only a true make-it-yourself-on-the-premises chocolate shop will. It's a pretty small place, but you walk into to another world and I dare you to want only one thing. Everything is fresh and beautiful and the service is personal and pleasant. Frequently there are pieces of chocolate out to taste, or you can request a little bit of something if you're trying to decide on a purchase.
If you don't want a lot of chocolate yourself (?) then at least stop in and get a gift for a friend. It's a great place to get a little surprise for someone whose day needs brightening. My friend Lee buys boxes frequently and I am always pleased to be one of the lucky ones on the receiving end--how fun to open the box to the never ending surprises inside! They'll wrap up a pretty box with purple tissue and a bow and it makes it all seem worth the price (which isn't cheap in case you were wondering.) It doesn't matter, the price is worth it. Go. Treat yourself and enjoy!
P.S. This is so far, my only perfect rating for any foodie place in Boise. I suppose it's no coincidence that it's a chocolate shop.