Where to buy truffles, listed in order of tasters' preferences:

DRON CHOCOLATIER -- Mazza Gallerie. 966-4946.$10 for a 3/4 pound box.

LA BONBONNIERE -- 1919 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 466-6677. One pound of plain truffles sells for $7.50.

WATERGATE PASTRY -- 2650 Virginia Ave. NW. 298-4498. Both rum-flavored and orange-flavored truffles sell for $11.50 per pound.

BLOOMINGDALE'S -- White Flint Mall. 468-2111. Eleven-ounce box of Godiva Grand Marnier truffles sells for $12. Also available at Tyson's Corner store.

CUISINE A LA CARTE -- Phone Ann Gallagher at 333-4023 to place orders. $4 a dozen for mint-flavored truffles.

THE CONFECTIONARY -- 1625 K St. NW. 638-0059. $7 per pound of plain truffles made in Maryland for the Confectionary.

GEORGETOWN COFFEE, TEA AND SPICE -- 1328 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 338-3801.

Plain Godiva truffles sell for $15 per pound. (Also available at any store carrying Godiva chocolates.)

CANDY PARLOUR -- 1361 Connecticut Ave. NW. 861-0638. $12.95 a pound for Grand Marnier truffles.

NEIMAN MARCUS -- 5300 Winconsin Ave. NW. 966-9700. $11 for small basket holding about 6 large truffles, made for Neiman-Marcus in Belgium.

CHEZ CHOCOLAT -- Connecticut Connection, Connecticut and L streets, NW. No Phone. About $8 per pound for plain truffles.

SUZANNE'S -- 1735 Connecticut Ave. NW. 483-4633.$.85 each for Cocolat brand in assorted flavors: brandy, Grand Marnier, pistachio, etc.

CANDY PARLOUR -- 1361 Connecticut Ave. 861-0638. Plain truffles with jimmies, at $9.95 per pound.

SUTTON PLACE GOURMET -- 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW. 363-5800. $.85 each for plain truffles; $1.09 for rum flavored.