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Chocolate or Art?

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…

Dark Chocolate Mandiants in a heart shaped dish with a spoon…

Fro the whimsical to the every day shapes, everything washere, elegant, and inviting…

A Chanukia and some “ancient” coins…

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!

Not just for chocoholics only!

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!



Matzel Toff

Everyone’s tasted chocolate covered matzah, right? Think again… unless you’ve had some Matzel Toff, you have no idea what matzah with chocolate is!

Woooow, what a treat!

Starting with a Streit’s matzah bar that gets covered with toffee and chocolate, this product is like nothing you ever imagined…

Looks scrumptious, tastes even better

The two bars did not last more than a few minutes. The milk chocolate covered variety that CS and I had came with a very generous covering of toffee and chocolate. The chocolate was obviously not of some cheap make but it showed all the rich taste you expect from a quality product.

Matzel Toff is a small CT based company, the brain child of Philip Guttman and Abigail Levy. Phillip, as a college student used to make his grandmother Edith’s delicacy (chocolate covered matzah), for a late snack, for parties, to share with good friends. When his friend Abigail tasted it she soon realized that if you add toffee, you take the flavor to a new level.

While it had never occurred to Phillip that this was a salable product, Ms. Levy convinced him to incorporate and start mass producing it. Between the two they invested $10,000 for research and development, the biggest challenge was the product’s shelf life, which they soon overcame. Then, armed with a Rolodex, they started making phone calls.

Currently it comes in four flavors:

  • Milk Chocolate
  • Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt
  • Pareve Chocolate (Kosher for Passover)
  • Milk Chocolate (Kosher for Passover)

In fact, Matzel Toff is so delicious that it’s included in Challah Connection’s Wine Gift Package.

Bartenura Moscato d'Asti; Recanati Cabernet Sauvignon; Mashuga Nuts (cinnamon spiced pecans); Seabear smoked salmon and Elsa's Story seasalt crackers; Meditalia green olive tapenade and creamy hummus;1 lb Bazzini pistachios; Koppers Petite Fruits candies; Matzel Toff; Chukars Cherry Quartet, 2-piece truffle set from Lake Champlain Chocolate.

We must try the Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt next…


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