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After tasting Patrick Roger’s chocolate, it is easy to see why he is called an artist. Not only does he make the most exquisite chocolate, he also creates large sculptures made of chocolate. In an attempt to bring awareness to environmental issues, he has sculpted chocolate into animals that are on the verge of extinction. The sculptures are displayed in his boutiques, located in France and Belgium, every summer. At his 45 Avenue Victor Hugo location in Paris, the walls are covered in pictures of a gorgeous, sunlit forest, and a stunning sculpture of hippopotamuses for customers to admire.
Once inside one of his beautiful shops, it is very hard to choose which chocolates to buy. There is a great variety of tempting chocolates that can be purchased in ready-made boxes and bags, or you can ask the salesperson to fill up a bag of a variety of chocolates of your choosing. There is also a box on the counter where customers can sample the chocolate for free. The ingredients Patrick Roger uses are top-quality and come from all around the world, including Ecuador, Scotland, and over 30 other countries. His specialties range from hazelnut ganaches and delectable truffles to chocolate with fruit and fruit jellies.
The chocolates’ appearance is smooth and delicate, and the instant you place one inside your mouth, it instantly begins to melt, releasing a variety of intoxicating flavors. Some of his chocolates are a whimsical mix that you would not expect to be delicious. For instance, a chocolate with the name, “Zanzibar,” is mixed with thyme and lemon, and the flavors complement each other exquisitely. It is not only the ingredients that can be whimsical, but also the names of the chocolates. “Fantasy,” “Opium,” and “Allegory” are a just few of the imaginative names that Patrick Roger bestowed upon his creations. Some of the names reflect the emotions that they are intended to represent, like “Mellowness,” “Arrogance,” “Savage,” and “Tenderness.”
The names, ingredients, presentation, and store displays of Patrick Roger show a great attention to detail and an amazing level of creativity and passion for his art. If you are planning a trip to Paris, Il-de-France, or Belgium, you must put one of Patrick Roger’s chocolate boutiques on your list of places to visit. A box of chocolates would also make a great gift and souvenir for family and friends. If you will not be traveling any time soon, you can order some of his chocolates at his online boutique.
Image Courtesy of Patrick Roger