This post’s title has set the stage for a not-so elaborate but somewhat linguistically-diverse pun. Maison Bouche is a chocolate company run by proprietor Diane Beaty out of Oakland, California. An apparent Francophile, Beaty adapted her name Maison Bouche from the Bouches du Roi, who were the king’s kitchen servants in olde tyme France.
For those of you who don’t speak French, maison=house, bouche=mouth, roi= king, and moi=me. And no, ‘Mouth House’ doesn’t sound very tasty to me either, while ‘Mouths of the King’ implies some sort of contagious orofacial disease. But that is why French is a beautiful language – say these words in French, and they sound downright divine.
So, on to what the Mouth of Me has been tasting lately.
If you were reading this blog last summer, you may remember the joy I expressed at visiting Sugar Sugar Candy in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
A few weeks back, I convinced my mum that it would be a wise decision for her to return to Sugar Sugar, for her own wellbeing, of course. I may also have mentioned that she should buy me as much tasty chocolate as she could afford and send it to me immediately. As an aside, “doesn’t play well with others” may have been mentioned once or twice on my childhood report cards. But I digress. This post isn’t called bouche du you, after all. Boosh!
So my mum delivered, like she always does. An Easter-appropriate package arrived at my door, and inside – along with daily cutouts of my favorite comic Cul de Sac (enough with the French already, you’re likely thinking) – were three arty bars from Maison Bouche.
The Croissant aux Amandes is a 40% milk chocolate bar flavored with roughly chopped almonds, vanilla, and almond extract. Interestingly, the bar warns that it “may contain traces of nuts.”
The predominant flavor is of the almond extract. The chocolate is creamy and tasty, with the nicely-dispersed traces of nuts adding an excellent crunch. For those who aren’t almond fans, this one is not for you. For those of you who are croissant fans, I’m not sure where the croissants are supposed to be hiding – I surely didn’t taste them. But overall, this is a nice candy bar that is almost too easy to eat.
The Violet bar, adorned with two sad-looking chicks dwarfed by a mysteriously giant and flower-covered egg proclaiming a message of Easter goodwill, is made with a 55% dark chocolate base.
It contains ‘violet flavor’ and vanilla, and gives off an aroma of spiced flowers. I was glad to see violet paired with a darker chocolate, and it works well in this bar. The violety nature of the bar is far from overpowering, but it is ever-present. The smooth texture of the chocolate and the soft violet essence combine with the dark cocoa to create a mouth-wowing cooling sensation.
Dark chocolate bars often focus on bringing out chocolatey notes while dialing down the added flavors, but that is not the case here. This is still candy bar territory, simply darker in tone.
Lastly, my favorite of the three bars. The Crêpes Suzette, or Suxette as it’s spelled on the packaging. May contain traces of suzette.
The milk chocolate bar is flecked with crêpes nibbins, and contains ‘crêpes suzette flavor.’ That means Grand Marnier, the liquor I can never seem to escape – in a good way.
This is like pure candy, and the chocolate is so soft and smooth and easy to devour that I had to hold myself back from eating the whole bar in a few bites. The crêpes pieces create a delightful texture that reminds me of the Nestlé Crunch bars of my youth (eaten hurriedly out of my Halloween pumpkin pail), but a world apart in taste.
If you like orange (and even if you don’t, because nothing about this truly screams orange to me), treat yourself to this chocolate, stat.
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