La Maison du Chocolat is a chocolate house founded in 1977 in Paris by Robert Linxe, a Basque born master-craftsman chocolatier. Part of the prestigious Comité Colbert, a select association representing 75 French Luxury houses, La Maison du Chocolat is probably the most exclusive chocolate house in France. Like any piece of luxury, acquisition of these chocolates can be pricey… But once you'll taste these creations, you will recognize that masterpieces are priceless.
The first La Maison du Chocolat’s boutique was open on 225 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. With more and more clients thrilled by the quality and innovation of the products, the company opened a second boutique in the Paris “Golden Triangle” in 1987. (The Champs-Elysées, Avenue Marceau and Avenue Montaigne form the perimeter of this triangle). Two decades later, the success of La Maison du Chocolat has extended well beyond France with the opening of boutiques in New York (1990) and Tokyo (1998) and London (2004).
La Maison du Chocolat is widely regarded as the “Haute Couture” of chocolate. Every year, during the prestigious “Salon du Chocolat” (Paris Chocolate show), the house designs in cooperation with iconic couturiers and avant-garde designers of couture chocolate dresses for the “Chocolate Trend Fashion Show”. Fore more footage of the fashion show, please visit the Salon du Chocolat’s website.
Chocolate ball “Nuit d’étoiles” as seen in the Paris and NYC boutiques (Holidays 2009) - 390 €.
Orangettes - $30 for 150g (.33lb) sachet.
The Rockefeller Center boutique in New York City.
With so much talent under its belt, it is not surprising that La Maison du Chocolat did put out some amazing creations for the Holidays. The theme of the Holiday’s season 2009 was “Nuit d’étoiles” (Starry night) with the jewel being an exceptional chocolate ball, handcrafted with a multitude of chocolate stars. This creation was inspired by the traditional mendiants, a delicacy from eastern part of France, which explains the presence of dried fruits as well as candied rose and violet petals.
The 2.8kg (6.1lb) of delectable goldsmith's art were handmade in a limited series of 18 and available for sale (390 €). We were lucky to see two of them in New York and Paris. On a more “reasonable” range, La Maison du Chocolat offers the most delicious orangettes (Chocolate-covered orange peels) at 30$ for a 150g (.33lb) sachet of pure paradise. Chocolate assortments are also available starting at 57$ for 20 pieces.
If you are a true chocolate lover, you need to try La Maison du Chocolat, at least once in your life. You will never regret it.
Chocolate box - $210 or 95.90€ (820gr / 1.80lb) app. 105 pcs.
Impeccable deluxe packaging.
Orangettes and the Francois 1er boutique in Paris.
The Francois 1er Boutique in Paris.
For More information
La Maison du Chocolat - New York City
30 Rockefeller Center
New York City 10020
Monday to Friday: 9:30am – 7:00pm
Saturday: 10am – 7pm
Tel:+1 (212) 265 9404
(3 other locations in New York City, visit the website for all the addresses)
La Maison du Chocolat - Paris
52 rue François 1er
Monday to Saturday: 10am – 7:30pm
(7 other locations in Paris, visit the website for all the addresses)
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