Attending a chocolate night class at La Maison du Chocolate was tough enough.
But then I went on a www.Sweetwalks.com midtown chocolate tour!
The 1st chocolate boutique was British Charbonnel & Walker in Saks Fifth Avenue.
As part of class studies we had to sample 2 chocolates at each stop on the tour. I'll post more on Charbonnel tomorrow..
They were ready for us at La Maison du Chocolate at 30 Rockefeller Center, with a warming cup of hot chocolate and their Boheme (milk chocolate mousse ganache) and Andalousie (lemon ganache) .
At each stop we got an instructional intro to the brand's history and chocolate making process. La Maison still offers the original box of 22 chocolates Robert Linxe first created for his shop in 1977.
Next stop was RICHART of Lyon on 7 East 55th street. Beautifully decorated chocolates as well as complex flavors are Richart's signature. They feature different artists work in their shop as well.
Richart like most chocolatiers today, offers a boxed collection of single-origin percentage cocoa, so you can educate your palete. All in the name of research of course :)
Next stop Pierre Marcolini Chocolatier on 485 Park Avenue. Again a vast variety of single-origin chocolates. Choosing the 2 chocolates to taste at each stop was no piece of cake!
Last but definitely not least on the chocolate walking tour was Debauve & Gallais, perhaps one of the prettiest boutiques both in New York and in Paris. They are at 20 East 69th street. More to come on D & B...
All of these chocolate shops have online shops as well, but taking the New York tour was informative and fun.
Thank goodness we got a little walking in there with all the chocolate tasting!