26 october 2021

Star-struck holiday ornaments…

Interlaced glowing ornaments, bedecked with stars, shining a light on the Holiday chocolate creations of Nicolas Cloiseau.  Illuminated openwork design, sometimes to dream about, indulge in, or simply just to hang up…

The Star-Struck Holiday Ornaments of La Maison du Chocolat celebrate chocolate that swirls, glows, and flaunts our gourmandise for all to see!

Gourmets, gourmands, treat yourselves!

 

The Star-Struck Holiday Ornaments Collection will be available in shops and on the website from 5 November 2021.

HOLIDAY ORNAMENT ADVENT CALENDAR

The “Holiday Ornament Advent Calendar” has us star-struck; it upsets traditional codes to beautifully blend in among the Holiday decorations. Playful, gourmand, and more eco-friendly than ever, 100% cardboard, 100% recyclable (excluding the ribbon), made in France, this year, once again, La Maison du Chocolat is going green for the Holidays.

This ready-to-eat ornament plays up its many facets to start the countdown for all the festivities, enough to make your gourmand head spin! 

 

This year’s collection was illustrated by the paper-artist Giselle Balosso-Bardin, known for her dreamlike feminine universe which is depicted in the entanglement of these very festive Holiday ornaments, embellished with motifs, contrasts, and light. #gisellebalbar

 

Holiday Ornament Advent Calendar: HK$760

Composed of 26 chocolate treats. 190g

 

Calendar 100% cardboard, 100% recyclable (excluding the ribbon). Made in Belgium.

Chocolate handmade in France.

 

PETIT HOLIDAY ORNAMENT

Hanging on to our every dream, the interlacing of chocolate on a base of luscious nuts is a harbinger of the marvelous Holiday season ahead.

A feast for the eye and the palate, the “Holiday Ornament” exemplifies fantasy and desire.  Showcasing the sensation of crunchy nuts, this piece is an ode to what is essential: gourmand, round lines, an abundance of nuts, and dark chocolate 56% with long intense notes of chocolate. Pistachios, stick-shaped almonds, and caramelized whole hazelnuts, scattered with colorful beads, stir up cravings that will make you want to take it right down off the tree.

 

The "Petit Holiday Ornament” is made entirely by hand in our ateliers, the fruit of the work of our artisan chocolatiers. Since the hazelnuts and almonds are heavier than the pistachios and chocolate beads, the placement of the nuts on the chocolate leaves nothing to chance. Each piece is set by hand, one after the other, before the chocolate crystallizes. This attention to detail enhances the aesthetic appearance and guarantees an ideal distribution of flavor.

Dark chocolate 56% with whole nuts: caramelized almonds and hazelnuts (Spain), pistachios (Iran) and raspberry chocolate beads. Natural coloring dye. Ribbon is not edible.

 

Petit Holiday Ornament: HK$450

Limited edition piece, made entirely by hand.

One size only 115g. 10cm in diameter

 

Calendar 100% cardboard, 100% recyclable (excluding the ribbon). Made in Belgium.

Chocolate handmade in France.

HOLIDAY ORNAMENT COFFRET MAISON

Perfecting in sync with the finesse of Maison savoir-faire, the paper-artist Giselle Balosso-Bardin showcases her whimsical universe in this entanglement of Holiday ornaments.  Suspended like lanterns, adorned with motifs, and linked with a delicate interlaced garland, the ornaments are highlighted with gold embossing. They lend a festive air to this collection of gift boxes to celebrate contrast and light.

In his repertoire of recipes, good begets good so Nicolas Cloiseau created two new chocolate creations exclusively for this gift box.

  • A play on Holiday traditions, this almond paste is a true delicacy, featuring the grainy moist texture of luscious figs, deliciously contrasted with a traditional almond praliné with a tinge of cinnamon buds.
  • A dark chocolate vegan* ganache, with panache, all intensity, and subtlety. This rare intense cacao 69% hails from São Tomé. For our Chef, it was love at first sight for this pure origin, a natural blend of acidulous tones with its colorful gentle spices.  Wonderful relaunch of cacao culture on the island of São Tomé and rehabilitation of fine cacao because for a long time this country had lost sight of the fact that they were a pioneer in cacao.

* without cream or butter

 

Star-Struck Holiday Ornament Collection:

Coffret Maison 24 chocolates, 168 g: HK$685

Coffret Maison 40 chocolates, 280 g: HK$1,110

Coffret Maison 60 chocolates, 420 g: HK$1,680  

Coffret Maison 110 chocolates, 770 g: HK$2,580

 

Calendar 100% cardboard, 100% recyclable (excluding the ribbon). Made in Belgium.

Chocolate handmade in France.

THE STAR-STRUCK HOLIDAY ORNAMENT

With a trompe l’oeil play on piercings and light, Nicolas Cloiseau enlightens his chocolate like never before.

Along his garlands of perforations and geometric trails, light, imaginatively transparent, underscores the elegance of his chocolate craftsmanship. Between shadow and light, a fascinating optical illusion creates a multitude of reflections throughout the chocolate ornament. This hypnotic graphic design reaffirms the elegance of unbounded signature creativity. 

Once again, Nicolas Cloiseau challenges chocolate to defy its limitations. The craftsmanship of perforations and interior light, showcased in this Holiday ornament, gives new meaning to innovation and dreaming.  Here, no questions are needed, just a new way to be struck by beauty. 

The Star-Struck Holiday ornaments display a wealth of details, highlighting the finesse of the art of a chocolatier genuinely dedicated to gourmandise.

 

Perforating chocolate still to this day is the quintessence of the creative craftsmanship of Nicolas Cloiseau.  His “Star-Struck Ornament” is a unique artistic piece, edition limited to 10 pieces, made entirely by hand in our ateliers in Nanterre, bringing together quite a few talented artisan chocolatiers, meticulously working for one week.

This ornament in dark chocolate 69%, pure origin from the island of São Tomé, is molded into two half-spheres- 43 cm in diameter and decorated with 26 Holiday ornaments with five different diameters. It has 2,916 perforations, pierced and decorated with stars, and delicately tinted with an airbrush gun.  The ornament contains a spiral of LED lights to be plugged into a power supply.  Tie and base in chocolate, golden ribbon not edible.

 

The Star-Struck Holiday Ornament: HK$24,980 the artistic piece

One size only 3.69kg and 43cm in diameter.

STAR-STRUCK ORNAMENT BÛCHE

Nicolas Cloiseau still has more to share about the beloved Holiday favorite: the Bûche de noël.  In the spirit of the Holidays,  Nicolas lets the light shine on the artisans who work with him. At the atelier, Holiday creations are all about teamwork, where chocolatiers and pastry chefs come together to shine a light on the art of Maison chocolate, some baking, some decorating.

The endless possibilities of chocolate invite a study in contrasts and balance of flavor.  First the freshness of the violette de Solliès fig, cut, poached, almost candied, rests upon traditionally roasted caramelized pralinés. Then intense notes of nuts appear and allow a moist crunchy cake, featuring almonds from Provence, to take over. The acidulous roasted intensity of a fine layer of chocolate mousse gives the impression of extreme lightness.  Taste takes center stage to guarantee an absolutely star-struck ornament of a dessert.

 

Star-Struck Ornament Bûche: xx€ the piece

One size only   6/8 servings,  limited number available. 

On order in the shop from 20 to 24 December 2021.

 

Dark chocolate mousse 69% pure origin from the island of São Tomé, traditional praliné with almonds from Provence, moist cake with crunchy almonds, layer of fresh moist violette figs from Solliès (Var). Decorated with 8 dark chocolate ornaments xx% 5 different diameters on both sides of the bûche, with 572 perforations, adorned with stars delicately tinted with an airbrush gun. Gold string ties are not edible.