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Two certainties to end the year 2020: Christmas always falls on December 24 and the Marais chocolatiers always erect “celebration chocolates” into a work of taste art for our greatest pleasure.

We bit into truffles and other praline bites to reveal our top 5 original creations, made by passionate artisans and master chocolatiers.

So, before going home for New Year's Eve, visit their stores, have them delivered or opt for click & collect. Because if we have one certainty left to ensure we don't lose the taste for Christmas traditions, it's chocolate!

The Nymphs of TO THE MOTHER

Chocolate paradise has taken up residence at the oldest chocolatier-confectioner in Paris. Children big and small know that at the Mother of the Family, it's Christmas every day!

So how can we be surprised when we have already made more than fifty chocolate candies since 1761? By creating exceptional artistic collaborations.

This time, it is the artist Bastien Coulon who imagined to illustrate the festive boxes, Nymphs devouring their refined chocolates. This work, as beautiful as it is delicious, is published in a limited series.

For everyone else, you will discover the extent of their know-how in their vast selection of boxes filled with different recipes for ganaches, old-fashioned, fine or flaky pralines and rocks with a melting heart of almond-hazelnut praline, studded with crunchy almond slivers!

Nymphs Box 58€

To the mother
23 Rue Rambuteau, 75004 Paris
Monday to Saturday 10 am to 20 pm
Sunday from 10 p.m. to 18 p.m.
From Monday December 21 to Wednesday December 23 from 9 a.m. to 20 p.m.
Thursday December 24 from 9 a.m. to 19 p.m.
Friday December 25 from 10 p.m. to 13 p.m.
Sunday December 27 from 10 a.m. to 19:30 p.m.
Thursday December 31 from 10 a.m. to 19 p.m.
Friday January 1st closed
Phone: 01 42 72 46 01

The multicultural pavements of LES 3 CHOCOLATS

It is in her boutique-workshop located in the Marais that Emiko, from a Japanese line of chocolatiers, offers us to celebrate Christmas, a tasty round trip between French and Japanese tradition all in 24 small blocks of chocolate.

To celebrate its two cultures, its crunchy and spicy cubes with decorations inspired by the fabrics that traditionally wrap gifts, boldly and delicately mix balanced, slightly sweet textures with inventive and delicious flavors.

In its customizable boxes, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, Pachi Pachi (chocolate with Feuilletine and sparkling sugar), chocolate candy and matcha or cherry blossom, yuzu, kinako, coconut pralines, toasted tea, coffee, rose, hazelnut, or even wine hot takes the taste buds on a journey!

Single chocolate €1,95 per Kilo.
Also sold in boxes.

The 3 chocolates
45 rue Saint-Paul, 75004 Paris
Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 20 p.m.
Phone: 01 44 61 28 65

The Ingrid setting by JACQUES GENIN

From his workshop in the heart of the Marais, Jacques Genin, self-proclaimed “chocolate founder”, did not hesitate to create a pyramid of chocolate creations in homage to Paris.

In the Ingrid case, a reference to the author Ingrid Astier “incarnation of Parisian glamor and voluptuousness”, her milk or iridescent pralines reproduce the tip of the obelisk on Place de la Concorde.

The iconic almond, hazelnut-puff, rosemary-fleur de sel, lime, jasmine... chocolates always provoke explosions of intense flavors that surprise the senses and caress the palate. While its melting and creamy ganaches promise strong taste sensations.

Christmas box 36 pieces 45€

Jacques Genin
133 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris
Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 19 p.m.
Saturday from 11 a.m. to 19:30 p.m.
Tel: +01 45 77 29 01

The iconic Rudolph the Reindeer by EDWART

Sweet tooths, get ready to taste addictive chocolates. Since 2014, the date of creation of the Chocolaterie Edwart, the 100% artisanal collections have grown thanks to the inventiveness of its founder Edwin Yansané, who brilliantly ventured into mixing grand cru chocolates and original ingredients - Madras curry, monkey bread, Gombawa bark.

Its boxes and tablets delight classic cocoa lovers as well as the most adventurous, delighted to bite into surprising Cayenne pepper truffles and organic PDO olive oil.

Only the irreducible and emblematic Rudolph the Reindeer persists and marks his return every Christmas Eve. This season, he let himself be enveloped in grand cru chocolate from Tanzania, hazelnuts coated in milk chocolate and snacks. But what does Santa Claus do?!

Gift Boxes from 17€ to 74€, Rudolph the reindeer from 16 € to 42 €

17 Street Old Temple, 75004 Paris
Every day from 11h to 20h
Phone: 01 42 78 48 92

The celestial enchantments of PIERRE HERMÉ

This season, it is the starry universe of street artist Philippe Baudelocque which inspired Pierre Hermé his Celestial Feries.

For chocolate crunchers, its unique creations come in bars marked with a stellar constellation garnished with cedar pine praline, pistachio praline or even a divine hazelnut praline.

Its traditional boxes are adorned with midnight blue and gold to accommodate a selection of iconic products: dark hazelnut praline chocolates, pistachio praline milk chocolates, blond Cedar pine praline chocolates...

Finally, for cocoa addicts, even Christmas ornaments hide chocolate treasures. Nougatine Ispahan, star in blond chocolate and milk chocolate, mendiant in dark chocolate and caramelized blond chocolate, Ouvre-Toi chocolate candy... connoisseurs will recognize their classics, the others...

Follow the Milky Way, it is paved with chocolates!

Christmas box between €21, €37 and more

Pierre Hermé

  • 4, rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
    Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 19 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 20 p.m.
    Sunday from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
    Tel: +01 43 54 47 77
  • 18 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris
    Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 19 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 20 p.m.
    Sunday from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
    Tel: +01 43 54 47 77

Text: Sandrine Maggiani



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