The Grand Hyatt New York has just launched its very own, first-ever artisanal chocolate line. The mastermind behind these delicately handcrafted truffles and chocolate bars is Executive Pastry Chef Gonzalo Jimenez, who is internationally acclaimed for his meticulous technique and excellent chocolatier knowledge. The Argentinian born chef developed a passion for cooking and creating culinary masterpieces at the ripe age of 19, when he began pursuing a degree in Pastry Arts. In 2009, he took his talents to the states and served as a pastry chef in several hotels before finally making his way to the Big Apple. Now he works tirelessly to deliver the best of the best in artisan chocolates in the city that never sleeps.
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Place: MarieBelle Chocolate Store, 484 Broome Street, between West Broadway and Wooster Street (Subway: A, C, E, 4, 6 to Spring Street; N, R to Canal or Prince Street; or 1, 2 to Canal Street) Cost: $45
If holiday shopping has you going crazy this year then we have a simple solution for you... chocolate! It makes the perfect holiday gift, especially for those on your list with a sweet tooth. So to make your holiday shopping a bit easier, we've picked out a few of our favorite chocolate treats this year to stuff in stockings and put under trees (and stuff in your mouth as well).
Price: $12 per container
These petite cubed bonbons make a perfect holiday gift- already wrapped in ribbon. These delectable morsels, stuffed with ganache and praline filling, will keep any chocolate lover smiling.
Need an excuse to gobble down a whole box of chocolates by yourself? No you don't have to wait until Valentine's day for this guilty pleasure- celebrate National Chocolate Day by indulging in your favorites. White, dark, milk, with caramel, with nuts, even paired with bacon- chocolate comes in all shapes and sizes. So much chocolate, so little time. But we're here to help with that sweet fix. Take a look at our list of the coolest and most unique chocolate treats we could find in NYC. Your sweet tooth will thank us.
The geniuses behind Max Brenner bring you the most delicious and creative in chocolate delights. From dripping fondues, to decadently covered waffles, to chocolate pizzas- this place is where chocoholics go to die. But what caught our eye on their menu is their very unique "chocolate burger." This decadent burger consists of a brioche bun, a pure milk chocolate ganache "patty" covered in melted marshmallow and is accompanied with melted strawberry sauce and melted white chocolate sauce to serve as the mayo and ketchup. It's a chocolate lover's dream burger.
At Joonbug, our sweet tooth constantly keeps us on the hunt for good dessert. Spot Dessert Bar draws its inspiration from the East, and its dessert features unique flavors that will heighten your taste buds. It’s a clever twist on the classic sweets.
When was the last time you had toast for dessert? Exactly. The Golden Toast comprises warm honey-buttered toast served with fresh strawberries and condensed milk ice cream. The ice cream tastes pretty much like vanilla, just sweeter.
The green tearamisu (love their wordplay) is another delight. Caged in a small wooden box, the green tea mascarpone cream contains green tea-soaked ladyfinger and is topped with white chocolate shavings and matcha powder dust. Lovers of green tea can’t get enough of this. Green tea is a unique flavor that leaves a lasting taste in your mouth. It has an earthy taste to it that makes it rather distinct.
With descriptions more often found on the back of a wine bottle than a bar of chocolate, Mast Brothers gourmet chocolate is no average candy bar. Available in 19 flavors and split into two categories, Single Estates Origins and Blends & Pairings, expect to taste the unexpected. From Vanilla and Smoke to Black Truffle and Moho River, no bar comes in with under 70% of organic cocao harvested from small farm cooperatives dotted around South America, and no, none of the bars come with a milk or white chocolate option as, to the gourmet chocolatier, either would be cocao sacrilege.
Easter candy may be the best time of year if you’re as much of a chocoholic, candy-feign as we are. Just think about it; there’s peeps dipped in chocolate, pectin jelly beans in every flavor imaginable, there’s chocolate eggs, mello-creams, Cadbury cream eggs, and chocolate bunnies, lambs, cows, ducks, etc. Not to mention specialty cookies and cakes that are holiday specific. So, are you drooling yet?
We’ve compiled a list of delicious and decadent holiday gifts to help you narrow down what to put in your basket or someone else’s if you’re feeling generous enough. Don’t live in NYC? Don’t worry some of our Easter favs ship nationwide.
The 2nd Annual Chocolate Week will be taking place next week, from February 4th through 13th. Presented by MPB Agency, in partnership with Cacao Noel, the event celebrates the versatility of chocolate and chocolate-lovers. This year, the week will be embracing a new concept with the promotion of Cafe Gourmand, Tea Gourmand, or Bubbly Gourmand. Participating shops will offer a cup of coffee, tea or sparkling wine with a chocolate inspired mignardises (aka sweet treats) for $10 ($15 with sparkling wine). The goal of the event is for "people to have a chocolate treat at the end of their meal, the ideal sweet ending" states Chocolate Week founder, Severine Picquet.
Calling all chocolate lovers! It's always a treat to receive some sort of delicious chocolate no matter what the occasion is. As the holiday season sets you in a gift buying frenzy--go the easy way with giving out some delicious sweets! After attending The Chicago Fine Chocolate Show last month, and eating more than my fair share of chocolate over the last several months, I can confidently recommend the following as the best of the bunch for chocoholics on your Christmas list:
1. Katherine Anne Confections – This Chicago-based chocolatier ships nationally, although you have to stop by her Logan Square storefront if you want to try her decadently thick hot chocolate topped with homemade marshmallows in flavors like early grey and salted caramel. For a holiday gift, order her mixed pack of truffles, fluffy marshmallows and caramels here!