Joel Durand is my favourite chocolatier not only in the village of Saint Remy de Provence but pretty much anywhere.
His alphabet confections are a dream come true for chocolate lovers.
‘Chocolate making is my passion. The fascinating complexity, range of flavours and different stages of tasting give me pleasure every day. I have created these chocolates to share with you my passion and delight….’
Anise, caramel, earl-grey, clove and lemon, lavender, fresh mint, tiramisu, liquorice, szechwan pepper and cardamon are those to savour all year round. Then there are the seasonal specialities; caramel and salted butter with dark chocolate and ginger, or caramel with salted butter and mimosa blossom……
Chocolates are not the only thing to raise the heart rate in this beautiful boutique. There are pouring sauces, drinking chocolates, sweet biscuits scented with lavender and my favourites, the orangettes. Glace orange peel finely sliced and covered in rich dark chocolate; my first bite was a ‘died and gone to heaven’ moment.
This bite is a very good start to the weekend, xv.
3, boulevard Victor-Hugo
13210 Saint Remy de Provence
+33 4 90 92 38 25
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38, rue de Sevres