Friday, March 25, 2016

Joel Durand Chocolate maker in Saint Remy de Provence

Travel in taste...

Acclaimed chocolate maker Joel Durand is probably one of my favourite treat.
Joel established his shop nearly 20 years ago and has since then confirmed that he was one of the best.
He offers a unique selection of 30 different ganache chocolate with subtle tastes such as thyme, rosemary, lavender, seshuan pepper, caramel with salted butter (he is originally from Brittany), and my preferred one, Violette.
His workshop is located just a few step from his shop and all is done by hand as I can prove it with the following pictures…

The "Chocolate Alphabet"  offers you a unique journey for your taste bud.... 
A to Z chocolate only available at

3 bld Victor Hugo
13 210 Saint Remy de Provence

Once the ganache has been prepared, 
the chocolates are cut with this machine into squares

Next the chocolate are to be brought
to the covering machine

Me Happy....

Then the letter are applied on the chocolate

Before spending 15-20 minute
in the cooling tunnel

Et voila....

Saint Remy de Provence : What's new 2016

Easter 2016, Saint Remy is alive again...

After a relaxing winter, recharging my batteries, I am now ready for the new season and will share some of my new finds with you….
Easter week end is traditionally the season  kick off !!!!
All hotels and shops are reopening and the city is as busy as in August.

Obviously our favourite Chocolatier (chocolate maker) is offering a marvellous selection of Hens, Bells, Fishes or Bunny in all kind of chocolate…
I had the chance to visit his workshop while organising our visit for “France Off the Beaten Path” guests in 2016.
Pictures the overwhelming smell of chocolate and being surrounded by chocolate, in all colours, melted, hard, ready to eat or not…..
I felt like Alice in wonderland……


Joel and his team preparing Easter Chocolate...