Christmas is one of the busiest seasons for chocolate boutiques in Paris and Marie-Hélène Gantois, proprietor of Mococha Chocolats at 89, rue Mouffetard, never misses an opportunity to regale her clients with special events and merchandise during this time of year.
On Saturday, December 2, Marie-Hélène hosted chocolate and cacao expert Sheila Pinto Castilla for a presentation and tasting of El Rey Chocolates from Venezuela.
El Rey Chocolates are of single bean origin and are 100% natural. Their cacao is hand-picked and processed, and monitored from bean to bar. The company is dedicated to fair trade and preservation of the environment.
They have won numerous awards for quality, including gold medal and merit awards from the International Chocolate Awards (the world’s only fully independent international fine chocolate competition).
My personal favorite was Mijao, a dark chocolate made from a minimum of 61% cacao from the Cerenero Superior bean. It has a slightly fruity flavor and a silky mouthfeel.
Mococha is our favorite chocolate boutique in Paris and we unabashedly encourage you to find your way there if you are in the French capital. El Rey and other Venezuelan chocolates will be available there through the holidays.
And you won’t want to miss the gorgeous chocolate Christmas trees made by Jacques and Vianney Bellanger!