Ardelys, a smart-looking boutique at 157, rue Manin in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, sells kosher chocolates. But these chocolates are more than kosher, they are lamehadrine, an extra-strict form that guarantees that the food product is above suspicion and beyond reproach.
We entered and purchased four milk-based chocolates made with lait chamour, or milk that has been under rabbinical surveillance from the moment that it is drawn from the animal. While we are not competent to enter into discussion or debate about the technicalities of kosher food production, we are capable of recognizing good chocolate when we taste it. And these chocolates are delectable!
The Roma has a thick, milk-chocolate shell encasing a soft filling redolent of orange. Although the sales clerk told us that this variety of chocolate contains a hint of rum, we did not detect any. We were not disappointed, though, as the aroma of orange is quite strong.
The Rosario has a thin, milk-chocolate shell covering a coffee-flavored praline. And what an assertive, espresso-like flavor it has! This was our favorite of the four.
The London has a caramel center enrobed in white chocolate. The chocolate shell is thick and firm, and the caramel tasted as though it had a soupçon of rum in it. Nice!
And finally, the Barcelona has a white-chocolate shell enveloping dark-chocolate praline. Examining closely, I could see that the praline center was slightly pasty. But when I bit into the confection, the white chocolate shell blended into the praline, giving a rich, smooth taste experience.
As well as milk chocolates, Ardelys sells dark chocolates. We will have something to say next Wednesday about these!
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