October 2020

Ready to crack one open?


At La Maison du Chocolat, Nicolas Cloiseau is among those who always say yes. Yes to celebrations, yes to energy, yes to experience and a big yes to challenges.

Taking his cue from a British holiday tradition, his Collection twists the Holidays into an explosion of bold, festive crackers. His chocolate is the perfect mischief-maker, sometimes as a gift, sometimes as a small treat.

For Nicolas Cloiseau, everything is bigger than life. He never ceases to transform chocolate. His intuitive approach commands the plasticity of the material to accede to his playfulness.

Vibrant, lively and explosive, his collection also celebrates the art of a crackling time, late into the night.

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Does a Holiday tree reveal the secrets of the gifts beneath it?


Nicolas Cloiseau knows what is at stake with this question. He plays both sides; his chocolate holds the messages while his tree unveils streamlined surprises. Lightly dusted with snow, pierced with stars, his sleek crackers highlight the allure of round, gourmand chocolate. With its finely worked trunk with a halo on top, his fascinating architectural structure defies gravity and leaves us speechless. Even more so what it hides inside.

This exceptional piece is unique; enjoy the container as well as the contents. It underscores the rigor of the signature of Nicolas Cloiseau for his chocolate craftsmanship. A tree - bursting with delights, delicious enough to crack open our hearts.


"Holiday Cracker tree" is a unique limited edition piece with only 22 available worldwide, entirely made by hand in our ateliers, requiring 30 hours of work by our chocolatiers. The tree's entire structure rests on one central cracker's stability with a cavity one meter in height; the tree's structure and base support nearly 19lbs of chocolate. Each one of the crackers is delicately perforated by hand, and the stars are chiseled. To complete the masterpiece's final touches, each of the 5,500 perforations has five different diameters; the crackers are in five sizes and four colors of chocolate.


No detail is spared. 




Whether it is a place setting gift or perfect ending for a holiday meal, the “Holiday Party Cracker” is sure to steal the show.

With its crunchy nut sensations, this artistic treat focuses only on essentials.

Its minimalist lines are intertwined with an abundance of nuts set in dark chocolate. Pistachios, almonds and caramelized hazelnuts, interspersed with colorful beads, are sure to arouse envy.

Who will break open the ends and give a wallop of gourmandise to tradition? Let the celebrations begin!


The holiday Party Cracker is a piece, made entirely by hand in our ateliers, fruit of the craftmanship of the chocolatiers. Because 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, one after the other, before the chocolate crystallizes. This detail ensures the aesthetics and an ideal distribution of flavor.




The Holiday Collection kicks off the end of the year celebrations in bold colors and with lots of noise…

Bing, bang, boom! The Holiday Cracker Coffret was envisioned as an explosion of holiday joy and guaranteed to liven up parties.

The bold, colorful graphics transform the playing field of the emblematic Maison chocolates. Among the two new players: a dark chocolate ganache 70% pure origin Ecuador, with woody, vegetal and honey notes…simply amazing. And a milk chocolate praliné with Holiday spices (cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg) and crispy crêpe showcasing warm, enchanting gourmand flavors.


To make the magic of the Holidays come alive, one must surround oneself with other artisans to shine the spotlight on various talents. For this Year's Holidays, we looked to the fantastic universe of Fernando Volken Togni, a Brazilian illustrator living in London, to create his festive and colorful geometric graphics.


- Holiday Cracker Treats Box

app. 26 pieces, 100 g

app. 55 pieces, 200 g


- Holiday Cracker Coffret Maison

app. 24 assorted pieces, 170 g 

app. 40 assorted pieces, 280 g 

app. 60 assorted pieces, 420 g

app. 84 assorted pieces, 588 g

app. 112 assorted pieces, 774 g