Chocolate

If You’re Heading to…Paris

  • 25th March 2013

Even if you are not!…it’s a real feast for the eyes and worth dreaming about!

 

The boutique chocolates and confections of Pierre Hermé Paris

 

 

Oeuf Galets Pierre Herme
Oeuf Theobroma Pierre Herme
Oeuf Mendiant Noir Pierre Herme

 

 

Some are available by home delivery throughout France & Europe, some by courier in Paris and some only by pick-up in store.  If this does not work for you location-wise…just take inspiration from the beauty, and imagine the decidedly delectable tastes!  

 

Oeuf Griffe Lait
Oeuf Dentelle Noir

 

 

Hens and rabbits can be delivered throughout Europe!

 

Poule Noir Pierre Herme
Lapin Noir Pierre Herme

 

Now let’s move away from Easter and into the exquisite realm of ‘macarons.’  Everyone is doing them now.  But are they offering flavors like these?  Hardly!

 

Chocolate & Honey from the Maquis Shrubland Region of Corsica:  “Pierre Hermé prolongs the state of grace with a chocolate ganache that is surprisingly low in bitterness, in order to allow this very special honey to express the many facets of its character. This equilibrium is as captivating and fragile as the natural environment of the Island of Beauty itself.”

 

Pierre Herme Macaroons

 

 

More outrageously interesting options include:  Aniseed & Saffron, Vanilla & Basil, Lemon & Caramelized Fennel, Chocolate & Lime…

 

Pierre Herme Macarons

 

 

 

Olive Oil with Mandarin Orange, Liquorice & Violet, Rose & Rose Petal….

 

 

Pierre Herme Macarons

 

 

 

Pierre Hermé Paris

Locations throughout Paris and France—and within England, Japan and the United Arab Emirates

Genteel Grocery Store Easter Finds

  • 9th March 2013

As opulent and delectable as Easter-themed chocolates from around-the-world can be, sometimes it is easier and more affordable to choose the most elegant options available closer-to-home.

 

On that note, look no further than your local grocery store or Walmart to find delicious, festive options from Lindt.

 

Lindt Easter Basekt

 

 

Special Lindor Springtime Balls are available now, as well as chocolate-hazelnut blended birds/bees and carrots.

 

Invest in a gorgeous glass basket that you can re-use every year.  The one above has been around from Williams Sonoma for the past 5 years and beautifully holds Lindt Easter candy every year.

 

There are options in all price ranges:

 

Williams Sonoma Glass Easter Basket

 

 

1.) Hobmail Milk Glass Basket, onekingslane.com, $79.00

2.) Glass Oval Easter Basket, Shopko.com, $9.99

3.) Glass Candy Basket, williamsonoma.com, $32.95

4.) Blue Art Glass Basket, onekingslane.com, $75.00

 

 

Glass Easter Basket

Pretty with springtime ranunculus, now available and decently priced at most farmer’s markets

 

 

While a full range of Lindt specialties can be found at lindtusa.com, chocolates are also available (for less!) at amazon.com, walmart.com and at your local grocery store and pharmacy.

 

Lindt Hens

Milk Chocolate Hen Set, lindtusa.com, $18.00

 

Lindt Bugs and Bees

 

 

Chocolate Bugs and Bees, lindtusa.com, $4.50

Chocolate Carrot Bundle, lindtusa.com, $6.00

Chocolate Carrot Bundle, amazon.com, $3.68
Spring Lindor Balls Lindt
Spring Lindor Balls, 36 pc, lindtusa.com, $14.00

Lindt Gold Bunny, lindtusa.com, $4.50

Lindt Gold Bunny, amazon.com, $3.68

Lindt Chicks

 

Milk Chocolate Chick Easter, lindtusa.com, $4.50

Milk Chocolate Easter Chicks, walmart.com, $3.28

 

Parting Tip:  Hang on to the containers the Lindt Bugs & Bees come in.  They make perfect palettes to hold paint for children, and are excellent for housing sequins, glitter and glue when decorating eggs.  

 

painttrays

 

Extraordinary Eggs

  • 4th March 2013

Easter and the coming of spring has been celebrated around-the-world for hundreds of years.  Thus, it seems apropos to take a world-tour to find some of the most distinguished chocolate Easter eggs out there.

 

Two ateliers that must be highlighted for beauty, taste and popularity come by way of São Paulo and Copenhagen.

 

We begin with a look at Sweet Brazil:

Egg Chrysanthemum Sweet Brazil
Egg with Pistachio Sweet Brazil
Egg Oraboles Sweet Brazil

Almost too gorgeous to eat!!! (Almost!) 

 

Egg Chrysanthemum, sweetbrazilchocolate.com, $64.00

Egg with crispy pistachio, hazelnut and almond, sweetbrazilchocolate.com, $130.00

Egg Orabolas, sweetbrazilchocolate.com, $59.00

 

Born in 1986, Sweet Brazil has a commitment annually to create collections that are as exciting to the eyes as they are to the mouth.  Chocolatiere Paula Lima uses the purest chocolate, mainly sourced from the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and the Ivory Coast.  Her thematic Christmas and Easter collections are renowned.  Her signature blend ‘pleases the tastes of Brazil':  smooth, with hints of honey that melt in your mouth.

 

More from her Easter collection include custom-made Fabergé eggs:

 

Faberge Sweet Brazil
Faberge Box Sweet Brazil

 

 

Fabergé Egg,  sweetbrazilchocolate.com, $167.00

Fabergé Basket, sweetbrazilchocolate.com, $160.00

 

Address

Al Raja Gabaglia, 155
Vila Olimpia, Sao Paulo, SP
Tel: +11 3842-0006

 

 Across the Atlantic to Copenhagen!!

The first of the highly sought Fabergé eggs was made as an Easter gift for the Empress Marie of Russia from her husband, Tsar Alexander, in 1883. It featured a small gold egg in an outside shell of platinum and enamel.

 

Today, replicas filled with three tantalizing chocolate eggs are produced annually by Sv. Michelsen.  They are a true-love of the Danish.  Beautiful inside and out…

 

Sv. Michelsen Egg
Sv. Michelsen Inside

 

 

 

Sv. Michelsen Chokolade Fabergé Eggs

 

This year’s ‘specialty’ egg is a copy of 2011, the Red Cross Egg has 3 handmade chocolate eggs inside and 10% of the proceeds go directly to the Red Cross.

 

Michelsen Red Cross Egg

svmichelsen.dk, Kroners 120—200.00

 

Michelsen Faberge
Michelsen Faberge
Michelsen Eggs in box

 

 

 

 

Sv. Michelsen Fabergé eggs are also available at Illum department store

Østergade 52  1100 Copenhagen, Denmark

 

 

Chocolat

  • 5th February 2013

It’s been less than 2 weeks and we’re covering another chocolate company (I know!).  But Valentine’s Day is right around the corner providing the perfect excuse!?

Discovered by my sister who has an uber-discriminating palate, in the Amsterdam airport almost 15 years ago, we have been obsessed ever since.  For a while you could only buy Neuhaus chocolates in Europe or Neiman Marcus, but now, we are happy to report they are available to us all online (and at many fine retailers throughout the United States).

The 14th awaits, buy them for yourself…we often do!

Manon Sucre

Made from buttercream and sugar within their chocolate atelier

Neuhaus Manon Sucre

Truffle Tiramisu

Buttercream with tiramisu taste covered in Amaretti cookie

Neuhaus Truffle Tiramisu

Plaisir

Nougatine cookie filled with ganache from hazelnuts

Neuhaus Praline Cookie

Désdemone

Vanilla fresh cream on a gianduja base

Neuhaus Vanilla Fresh Cream

 

 And many more decadent flavors

This fine Belgian chocolate company claims to have invented the “praline” and we don’t doubt it.  All chocolates are still created and packaged near Brussels.

neuhauschocolates.com

 

 

 

 

 

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