Buying artisanal chocolates in France

28th October, 2016
Alongside the delectable selection of classic French dishes on offer, France is also world-famous for its chocolates. It makes some of the finest chocolates in the world, so itís the perfect sweet treat or souvenir to take home from a stay at our luxury villas in France.

Though most of the artisanal chocolate shops are located in Paris, youíll also find some fine chocolatiers in several cities throughout France. In these stores, youíll find that chocolate can be an art form; these chocolates not only taste divine but also look stunning.

Youíll be completely spoilt for choice when you step through the doors of one of these confectioners, offering everything from intricate individual chocolates to flavour-packed bars sure to satisfy your chocolate craving. One of the most popular products is the bonbon de chocolate, a bite-sized chocolate filled with ganache, caramel, praline or fruit. Other specialties include orangettes (candied citrus peel dipped in chocolate), chocolate covered marshmallows and mendicants (discs of chocolate topped with nuts and dried fruits). Chocolate bars are known as tablettes de chocolat, and also come in many diverse varieties. They can vary by cacao percentage, origin, flavour and filling.

At certain times of year youíll also see a dazzling display of confectionery treats celebrating all kinds of occasions. These range from chocolate bunnies for Easter to heart-shaped chocolates for Valentineís and specially made snowmen perfect for Christmas presents. Some artisans specialise in creating dazzling structures for chocolate, and these can be seen in the truly amazing chocolate sculptures you may be lucky to come across in a shop window.

If youíre after something else to satisfy your sweet-tooth, fortunately French artisanal confectioners donít only specialise in chocolates, but also sell a variety of other handmade sweets. These include caramels flavoured with various ingredients, marron glaces (candied chestnuts) and pates des fruits (sugar-dusted fruit jellies).

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