After reading David Lebovitz's post on the 1-meter long box of chocolates from Patrick Roger, my mind became fixated on it. I had to see it for myself. When I finally found myself standing in front of his shop on boulevard St-Germain in the Latin Quarter, there it was in the front window: larger than life and surrounded by three large chocolate penguins (obviously).
The other larger than life shock was the price: 190 Euros! Besides that being my food budget for the week, the idea of carrying a meter-long box onto a plane was not appealing. I had to suffice with a small box of ganache and lime bouchées instead (well, and a generous sampling of his Brazilian lime-caramel-chocolate gems- delicious!).
But Roger isn't the only chocolatier in Paris selling mass quantities of decadent goodies. I spied a new Jean-Paul Hévin location across the street from the food end of Rue Cler in the 7th and immediately made a beeline for it.
Alas, this still did not fall in my chocolate budget (97 Euros), so I settled for a little selection of honey chocolates, litchi chocolates, and a few other things. Surprisingly, his flavors are very subtle and do not have the intensity of Roger chocolates. The subtlety isn't a negative thing however- it showcases the high quality of the chocolate itself. We even saw his new line of cheese covered chocolates. I'm surprised it took the French this long to combine the two, although in retrospect, their penchant towards keeping tradition, especially in food, might have held them back for awhile.
Anyway, we rounded up our chocolate experiences with many chocolate chauds in cafés, a couple of bars of supermarket chocolate (Lindt is making a fabulous new dark chocolate with lime filling bar), and getting in as many pain au chocolats as possible. Ah Paris, such a sweet life!
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75006 Paris, France
01 43 29 38 42
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75016 Paris, France
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