Sorry not to have updated regularly, but here is some good news: La Maison du Chocolat's Valentine's and Easter collections!
First of all, La Maison has 4 special bonbons for Valentine's 2015. Apparently these are developed, like, a year in advance, and initially conceived about a year before that. Each year has a theme, and this year's is caramel:
All four were good and interesting. My favorite, unsurprisingly, was the plain dark chocolate bonbon, sourced from a plantation in Venezuela whose beans gave a strong caramel flavor note. Apparently, many people did a double-take, thinking there was caramel in there. I didn't, but I did love it.
My second favorite, surprisingly, was the milk chocolate. It has some rooibos tea and some other good stuff. An interesting taste that was still both chocolatey and playful.
I did not get to taste the Easter design, but wow:
Check out the detail on the "leather"! This is all carved by hand!:
Not many of these are made, and each takes a full day, done in assembly line fashion. It's delivered to the various shops in several pieces, and then "glued" together with ganache.
Bottom Line: La Maison du Chocolat is good enough to get us blogging again.