In Short: Life is too short to settle for grocery store bought chocolate. Mademoiselle Chocolat is new to Sydney and is definitely worth your tasting consideration. With a range of milk and dark chocolates, along with some of the best biscuits you will find anywhere. You can pick them up at Drip Coffee traders in Collaroy or just jump online and order direct. Just these three delights will have you addicted. Dessert Oh La La, Galette Bretonne and the natural fruit jelly.
When we were invited to visit Mademoiselle Chocolat, we had little hesitation in responding, with our first available free date. Any mention of chocolate definitely gets our attention, yet I was more intrigued that the chocolate’s providence was French. All of the Coco and Vine team have been to France at one time or another, and we absolutely were astounded by the gastronomic culture of the country. From a humble baguette to the most refined pate at a Joël Robuchon Michelin starred restaurant, the attention to detail and of course taste is hard to surpass. Mademoiselle Chocolat brings French chocolate to Australian shores but owner Ursulina Damien’s story goes back 70 years when her grandfather Jean Claude Damien established Chocolats Damien in 1950. Their boutique chocolate venture prospered for over a half century and while the ownership may have passed on, Ursulina is ensuring the four generations of artisanal chocolate making, and pastry expertise is represented here in Sydney.
So onto the chocolates and more! It’s only fitting to start of with the aptly named Dessert Oh La La. Each box is filled with nine chocolate bricks. There is a combination of milk and dark chocolate, each with their own special filling. I enjoyed a dark chocolate with opera flavoured ganache. One usually associates dark chocolate with bitterness, yet I was surprised by the flavour. It was rich, smooth and light. Feathered sweetness lingers and the cocoa cuts through beautifully.
From the decadent bliss of the Dessert range, the sportsperson amongst us would definitely benefit from the Energy Bites. Biting into a cranberry laden block, I was instantly in love. It was definitely a luxurious taste compared to the Clif bars that is my staple on a bike ride. With a 60% dark chocolate base it’s not too sweet either.
If want a dessert in your mouth, then the chocolate Macorons will transport you to a Parisien patisserie. I tried the creme brulee macoron. It had that crunch that creme brulees are renowned for and then that beautiful creamy custardy flavour came through along with rich chocolate flavour. They are as pretty and eye catching as their pastry cousins.
From luxurious chocolate, the quality continues unabated with sublime pastry. One example was the Galette Bretonne. So buttery, so light, and of course divine, my only problem was stopping at one. Mademoiselle Chocolat’s biscuits are on equal footing with the chocolate.
One last delicacy that you absolutely have add to you cart is the Natural Fruit Jelly. This unique offering from Mademoiselle Chocolat was perhaps that surprise offering you didn’t bank on uncovering, yet made my visit memorable. Each fruit jelly has its genesis from the fresh fruit that is sourced from the best orchards. Each fruit is hand peeled and it is that artisanal approach that results in burst of fruity flavour when bitten into. A Lorraine Plum was just astoundingly good.
While here in Sydney we are lucky to have access to some fine chocolate, I implore you and your tastebuds to give Mademoiselle Chocolat an audition. It’s boutique, refined and totally delicious. Our Christmas stockings will have a few her treats embedded within it for sure!