New Yorkers: don't leave yourself in a drug store chocolate bind this Valentine's Day. Hit up these spots instead.
'La Maison du Chocolat' on Serious Eats
There are a lot of chocolates in New York City, but not all of them will get you...brownie points on Valentine's Day. From well-executed classics for the purists to more unusual flavor combinations for adventurous chocolate lovers, any one of these 7 choices would make a deliciously thoughtful gift. This year, if you're going to gift chocolate, do it right.
A classic breton sablé serves as the base of La Maison's Tube de l'Ete ($9). It's buttery and snappy with a crunch; crumbs fly everywhere and the heady flavors of vanilla lingers.
Fresh, bright, and plenty light for warm weather eating: we love lemon desserts. Lemon works just about anywhere in the world of sweets, from pudding to pie to cupcakes, and instantly makes for a refreshing treat. Check out the slideshow for our picks of lemony sweets to seek out in New York.
La Maison du Chocolat's Mont Marron ($8.50) is like a glamorous version of your classic Mont Blanc, each creation cut into tidy squares.
Here are some fun chocolate bunnies and eggs from New York bakeries and chocolatiers that we'd love to find in our Easter baskets.
As we learned during our epic taste test, not all macarons are created equal. And if you're going to spend several bucks on a two-bite treat, you might as well get the best. So here are six macarons that we can't stop thinking about from a few of our favorite bakeries.
We here at Serious Eats are no strangers to La Maison du Chocolat and their decadent treats. We spent a few hours in the kitchen to see how they assemble their signature eclairs.
La Maison du Chocolat's famed Eclair Marron ($7.50) shows up every winter, from December until the end of Feburary. Their pâte à choux is as good as it gets, light though rich in butter, piped thin, true to the chocolate shop's elegant style.
It should be no surprise that when La Maison du Chocolat creates a Chocolate Mousse ($7), it's an excellent chocolate mousse.
It's not quite hot chocolate season yet, but with this rainy weather we've been having I'm ready to get a kick start on this cold season favorite. La Maison du Chocolat offers their supremely rich and bold hot chocolate drink in stores, but what's the secret to replicating it at home?
Certain times call for restraint, but other times you just want all-out decadence. In the form of chocolate, of course. From the famous triple layered chocolate cake at The Chocolate Room to fudgy dark chocolate sweet and salty brownies by the guys at Baked, there's no shortage of places in the city to satisfy that craving.
At La Maison du Chocolat, the Pistache ($8.50) is one of the shop's newest creations.
There will never be one best hot chocolate, because there are simply too many types—but there's no reason not to love them all. Here we've amassed our favorites, ranging from over-the-top decadent to light and easily drinkable cups; the latter, more commonly found in popular coffee shops around the city. Take a look at the 10 Hot Chocolates We Love.
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] La Maison du Chocolat offers two types of hot chocolate. The first is made with milk chocolate, sweet and vanilla-kissed, but it is the latter, the Caracas, which best highlights their chocolate in liquid form....
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] La Maison du Chocolat might be known for all things chocolate, but Lemon Cakes ($6) are worth forgoing the chocolate for. They're kept behind the glass cases towards the back of the shop, near neatly...
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] La Maison du Chocolat has sadly done away with their Chestnut Ice Cream this year—one of the best frozen highlights of summer. But their vibrant and unusually creamy Mango-Passionfruit Sorbet, a chilly tart refresher in...
I'm sure you've all had Ferrero Rocher at one point in your life or another. They were my favorite "fancy" chocolates growing up, and those gold foil-wrapped orbs still hold a very fond place in my chocolate repertoire. Pictured...
Finally made it back to the Rockefeller Center location of La Maison du Chocolat this week, well before the 45 minute mark in which they close their ice cream service prior to the actual daily closing of the shop....
While the lines for matcha frappes at Café Zaiya, custard at Shake Shack, and ice cream at 'wichcraft seem endless during these scorching summer months, it's is indeed curious that the crowds aren't pouring out of La Maison du...