Rigoletto Noir from La Maison du Chocolat
At a recent tasting at La Maison du Chocolat, I sampled at least eight chocolates—not to mention passion fruit ganache, chocolat chaud, plus two of their newest summer flavors: melon and star anise.
It was a lot to get through, let me tell you. I normally avoid any hot chocolate that’s offered in those kinds of situations, because I find that’s the tummy-buster, the stuff that puts you over the edge. And when faced with a plate of such fine chocolates, I want to enjoy and savor every chocolate-dipped bite. A warm cup of silky-rich chocolat chaud alongside? That’s just dorer le lys. (Gilding the lily.)
My favorite chocolate at La Maison du Chocolat is Rigoletto Noir. And I hope you can see why.
Monsieur Robert Linxe, the creator of these chocolates filled with whipped caramelized butter mousse, says they’re best when enrobed in milk chocolate, and I am not sure if I agree, or if I prefer the ones covered with an ultra-thin layer of dark bittersweet chocolate, which provides a nice contrast to the intensely buttery caramelized filling.
All I know is I have a whole, big box to plow through all by myself (of milk and dark), and I’m loving every bite. Maybe once I finish it up, I’ll have had enough of these chocolate squares, enclosing a sublime filling with the creamy, sweet taste of the best French butter with a touch of salt. Perhaps I’ll have had my fill. But somehow, I don’t think so.
La Maison du Chocolat
225 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré (8th)
Tél: 01 42 27 39 44
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