Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter Treats, Parisian Style

We all know about Pierre Herme's acclaimed macarons, but often overlooked are their equally enticing chocolates. For Easter, they're offering several new confections that look too amazing to eat. (Or maybe not.)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Chocolate Easter Bunnies

New from Vosges Haut-Chocolat, two floppy-eared bunnies to sweeten your Easter basket. Each 2.5 ounce solid deep (43% ) milk chocolate bunny arrives in its own box complete with a story of its origin and available in four varieties. The two pictured here: hickory smoked almonds and grey sea salt, and crunchy butter toffee with a touch of pink Himalayan salt.

{Find these, and two other bunnies here}

Monday, March 22, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Chocolate-Covered Marshmallow Bars

These are simply insane. Homemade marshmallow in between creamy layers of chocolate by Allie’s Edibles Indulgent Comfort Sweets. Allie's hand-crafted bars come individually wrapped in sinfully rich combos like chocolate-covered marshmallow, chocolate and peanut butter, and chocolate pretzel toffee bark.

{Order you own}

Friday, March 12, 2010

Sweet on St. Patrick

Tarrytown's Anna Shea Chocolates celebrates St. Patrick's Day with delicious pairings of  Irish spirits (lagers too) and chocolate.

{Images: Anna Shea; Purchase the limited edition collection here}

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Payard Goes South

The word on the street is that François Payard is opening a new bakery-café in Greenwich Village. According to The New York Times, the new as yet unnamed venture is a partnership with A Voce owner Marlon Abela, and will feature "lots of bread, sandwiches and rustic stuff." Here's hoping that in addition to the rustic stuff, the downtown Payard will also feature his fine patisserie and signature macarons.

{Top image from here, and bottom image from here}

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I Want It Now: Golden Eggs for Easter

Bittersweet chocolate golden eggs filled with luscious liquid caramel, and finished with 23k edible gold.

{One dozen chocolate eggs from Valerie Confections}

Monday, March 8, 2010

Hot Chocolate on a Spoon

Available in over 46 exotic flavors, including Strawberry and Pink Pepper, Chili Orange, Sea Salt and Honey and Amaretto and Macaroons -- simply stir into a hot cup of milk and enjoy. 

{The Hotcocospoon from Chocolate Company}

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Kate Blumm has shaken up the Brooklyn foodie scene in recent months with her lively and spot-on Fort Greene
food reviews for the New York Times, so we were thrilled when Kate emailed us from Mexico City with pictures and this tidbit: "...among my many discoveries was the delightful little shop Princesse Cacao in La Condesa, one of the D.F.'s most upbeat and hip neighborhoods. This tiny place transforms supreme-quality cacao from the nearby provinces of Tabasco and Chiapas into delicious milk and dark chocolate, and from that into exquisite bonbons--many of which reflect Mexican flavors (tamarind, cardamom, maracuya-- a tropical fruit, etc.). Their chocolate-by-weight includes a thrilling shape that translates to "little cat's tongues." In my opinion, they are doing a simply top-notch job blending the tradition of European chocolate-making with traditional Mexican flavors. I haven't seen a website for them, but here's the NYT's assessment."

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

La Chocolaterie de Jacques Genin

{Images from here; More on Jacques Genin

Monday, March 1, 2010

Homemade Hot Chocolate to Go

David and Jeanie Stiles spend their time making children's fantasies come true by building some of the most sought-after treehouses in America and writing a line of best-selling "how-to" books on playhouses, treehouses, and other rustic retreats. They are pioneers in what I would call the "simple-yet-decadent" lifestyle, living in a fairy-tale 19th century barn in East Hampton where the fire is always roaring in winter and homespun treats like hot chocolate, s'mores and plum cake are always beckoning.

So when Jeanie invited me to try what she considers to be "the best hot chocolate in New York," I leapt at the chance. We met on the Upper East Side at a neighborhood place called Corner Cafe and Bakery, where the homemade hot chocolate was ladled into simple paper cups. I took one sip and knew that this was anything but simple. It's a hot chocolate that just strikes the perfect balance on all fronts--not too rich, too creamy, or overwhelmingly chocolatey. And for those of you who prefer an "American-style" hot chocolate to the "European-style" cup, this is the hot chocolate for you. It's a simple, yet decadent treat.