MICHEL CHAUDUN: CHOCOLATIER (PARIS, FRANCE)

There are hundreds, if not thousands of chocolate shops in Paris, however this shop had me stop in my tracks. I’m not an extreme fan of chocolate, but a chocolate fan nonetheless, so my eyes were glued on these chocolate cubes that were being displayed in the store window… I mean, how could you just pass by without some form of curiosity??

When I started to walk back towards the front door, my friend Massimo tried to tell me the store was closed and now that I think about it, maybe he was just trying to save my waistline. Luckily, I ignored him and walked inside. The smell was beautiful as well as intoxicating… and something told me I was in the right place at the right time.

The chocolatier behind the counter was Michel Chaudun. If his confidence didn’t give it away, I could tell he was a big deal because he has a photo of chocolate “B” Bags.

What I liked best about Michel Chaudun, aside from his obvious talent in chocolate, was his friendly approach.

  • I asked him if he spoke English, and he shook his head “no” with a smile and a giggle.
  • I asked him if he spoke Italian and then he said only French in French.
  • At this point I’m cursing myself for spending 6 years of my life learning Spanish… so I looked at Massimo, then I looked at Michel Chaudun, and then back to Massimo for some help… but I just got a blank stare.
  • However, the expert himself just knew to pick up an empty plastic bag and picked out some of the BEST chocolates he had to offer…
  • And then he gave me one of the tiny Fresh Chocolate cubes to sample and it was pure chocolate bliss. The “good things come in small packages theory” applies here.

#2. Passion Fruit

Surprisingly tart (since I didn’t know which flavor to expect when I first bit into it).

#3. Java: Almond Milk Chocolate Praline

Loved the nuttiness and the soft chocolate on the inside.

#4. Beragua: Caramel Praline

In a word, AMAZING. You need to try this one.

#5. Rhum: Rum Raisin

Michel Chaudun’s #1 Pick. Loved the texture. Soft, smooth and flavorful.

Four pieces of chocolate amounted to a little over 5,00 and I was almost tempted to purchase more. Very happy to have met the chocolatier himself and even happier I enjoyed every single one of his chocolates.

Stop by on your way to the Eiffel Tower:

149, rue de l’ Université Paris, France 75007 — Tel: 01 47 53 74 40

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