In my everlasting quest to find the best in edible products, I had the pleasure yesterday of finding myself among heart shaped plates, ice cream cones, teaspoons, coffee cups and bottles of various sizes, all of them made from… chocolate! I went to visit Mendel Soussan – Chocolatier. The collection of unusual chocolates in all shapes was truly mouth watering and a pleasure to behold.
Pralines, ganache, chocolate and more, all of it in beautiful shapes and some with fillings such as crunch, hazelnuts, pistachios, etc…
Fro the whimsical to the every day shapes, everything washere, elegant, and inviting…
The detail in these chocolate sculptures was incredible, it beckoned you to taste, and of course I did. I started with Rum Raisin Ganache in the shape of a pirate’s chest, the chocolate was rich and flavorful the rum and basin combined for a perfect balance. I followed with a Praline with Roasted Almonds which was a perfect combination of sweet and bitter, the Coffee Ganache, tasted like coffee at its purest! Praline with Nuts and Almonds Effiillées rounded off my sweet tooth’s visit to paradise.
Unlike most American manufacturers, Monsieur Soussan does not use lecithin, no emulsifiers, all that goes into his confections are cacao butter, vanilla beans and a little sugar. While he prefers 70% cacao content, because of the American market his creations average between 53% to 60% cacao. Still above the American manufacturers’ norm!
I brought some samples back for SYR, who only likes sweet chocolate and even she thought the selections including the bittersweet ones were amazing.
After graduating from yeshiva in Crown Heights and getting married, he went back to his native France to apprentice in the family business Golden Delice Chocolatier under his uncle’s guidance. After graduating from a prestigious French school on Pastry Making and chocolate, he came back to the US and recently started with hashgacha from the OK Labs. All products are parve The website is still under construction but you need not wait, for a real treat that looks great and tastes even better place your orders with Mendel Soussan Chocolatier at: 718-207-7803
This is the best edible art, I’ve savored in a very long time. Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy. I did!