Congratulations to contest winner, Suzanne La Freniere!
Some sweet solace for the arm-chair traveler…
Paris has its four-season allure but springtime is a perfect time for wandering the streets of this magnificent city. Sweet lovers can’t help but gaze into the seductive display windows of patisseries and chocolateries with confections that often look more like art than edibles.
Chocolatier Par Excellence: La Maison du Chocolat
Legendary in Paris and the world of chocolates is La Maison du Chocolat, which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this October. In 1977, founder Robert Linxe opened the first boutique dedicated entirely to chocolate on one of the most fashionable streets in Paris, Rue de Faubourg Saint-Honore.
Linxe, often referred to as the “Sorcerer of Ganache,” is especially known, too, for his signature packaging that is so beautiful that purchasers are more likely to give them a second life than throw them away.
To celebrate this milestone anniversary, La Maison du Chocolat has commissioned *Nasty (founder of the French street-art scene), to design limited-edition, custom gift boxes. Called the “Choc is Chic” collection, the chocolates will be available online and in boutiques around the world on June 8th. (“Choc” is a whimsical play on words; it also means “shock” in French).
If you can’t get to Paris, you can visit one of the La Maison du Chocolat boutiques closer to home or order the chocolates online for U.S. delivery.
Gifting a box of these creatively packaged chocolates is a great way to acknowledge your father, husband or son on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 18th this year)—or as a splurge on an any-day gift for someone special in your life.
The Nasty collection is priced at $30 for a box of 14 chocolates, $44 for a box of 12 macarons, $50 for an empty hatbox, and $85 for a box of 42 chocolates.
From Zagat Review of La Maison du Chocolat (Madison Avenue)
…French chocolates in très “unique” flavors, plus “perfect macarons”, pastries and “insanely smooth” hot chocolate, all of which can be consumed on-site; prices are in the “investment-banker” range, but the “delectable” goods in “beautiful”, haut packaging are “well worth it” – and a sweet “way to self-medicate after a bad day.”
Alexandre Hildebrand, aka Nasty, discovered graffiti in the 80s, during the influence of American street art and hip hop culture into France. By the end of the 80s, he had distinguished himself as a prolific subway painter in Paris. Nasty has also “tagged” bottles for Annick Goutal perfumes and Burn energy drinks.
Iconic French chocolatier La Maison du Chocolat has agreed to give one lucky reader of GettingonTravel a limited-edition, Nasty box of 42 chocolates (retail value $85).
Of course, it up to you whether you want to keep them for yourself or share them with someone else.
TO ENTER THE CONTEST:
- Leave a comment below by midnight EST on July 1, saying whether you’re a devotee of milk or dark chocolate.
- U.S. mailing addresses only.
- One winner will be randomly selected and announced here on July 1, 2017.