If you want to buy the finest quality chocolate for Easter, look no further than Michel Cluizel. He’s not just a prizewinning chocolatier since 1948, he’s a cacaofèvier, which means that he sources the cacao beans directly from the plantations, and sees it through the many stages of production (torréfaction, concassage et broyage or roasting, crushing, and grinding) before it’s turned into yummy things to eat. He’s responsible for the lovely confection you see above. If you’re in Paris, check out the Boutique Michel Cluizel, 201 rue Saint Honoré; in New York, visit Chocolat Michel Cluizel, 584 Fifth Avenue near Rockefeller Center.
Today’s expression Noël au balcon, Pâcques au tison (Noell O balcoh, Pack O teesoh) literally means “Christmas on the balcony, Easter with a firebrand (in hand).” More idiomatically, it means that a warm Christmas foretells a cold Easter. France has been enjoying wonderful weather this week and the Easter vacationers are rejoicing. I hope that wherever you are today, you enjoy the weather and some wonderful chocolate.