Never sure what to get for a Valentines present, I couldn’t help but stop by La Maison du Chocolat London having seen their Valentines Day chocolate display. The small corner shop is on Piccadilly, in central London, and presents itself with charm and understated style. Not suprising really as La Maison du Chocolat probably make the best chocolates in the world.
The shop window was brightly displayed for the Valentines Day theme, pulling in men and women looking to get the best chocolates for their loved ones. The display changes depending on the next event. I look forward to Easter and the chocolate sheep.
Inside the store, there is plenty of space to move around, with ready boxed crewations on one side and an individual custom selection stand (like a deli counter) on the other. The aroma of chocolat is obvious, but getting past that you can pick up the fruity filling flavours of cherry, lemon, orange… it goes on.
The wall displays reflect the seasons, just like the outside of the store, and are stylish and tastfully done; even the pictures look good enough to eat.
Al the chocolates are made in Paris, and then flown over to be hand finished and decorated in store. For the curious, you can watch how they put the finishing touches in chocolate together; it is a real art form!
All the chocolates are packaged beautifully in richly printed boxes tied with silk bows. As the quality of the chocolate is so high, this is not rapid eating stuff as you would with a bar, but chocolates to be savoured and appreciated. The high quality and richness in cocoa makes eating them quickly almost impossible, so you may only have a few a day, possibly with coffee or after dinner. So the quality box will sit as well on your desk as on your coffee table.
Easter has come early… I couldn’t resist showing you the Maison du Chocolat chocolate sheep. He, called Frisoton, comes in dark chocolate, and she, called Frisette, comes in milk chocolate and can be bought individually at £58 or as a pair for £100
Click on the picture to get a better idea of how much detail has gone into the sheep. I have no idea what Frisoton tastes like as I didn’t have the heart to break a piece of him off. But if you do, then I am sure it will be the best lamb you have ever tasted.
La Maison du Chocolat
La Maison du Chocolat is also available in Harrods and Selfridges.