Biarritz & Bayonne
June 10, 2007
The quantity of chocolate in Bayonne more than compensated for the lack in Bilbao. We arrived on Sunday, so we found the chocolate shops closed, sadly, but we did discover an Italian brand of hot chocolate at a local creperie.
We planned to hit the three chocolate museums and as many chocolate shops as possible. Blue signs throughout Biarritz guide guests to the Planète Musée du Chocolat, now run by the owner of the local Henriet chocolate company. It is also possible to tour their factory just south of Biarritz. This museum tells the story primarily of Bayonne chocolate . They produced their own video which shows several of the old documents related to local chocolate. We liked the very old “family” recipe of Henriet, dense clusters of chocolate covered orange rind with almond slivers from the store. The formal tour includes chocolate tasting as well, but since the video had broken, we did not have to pay nor did we receive free samples. We enjoyed meeting the owner of the museum and his daughter.
(BTW–The French call moulage what Belgians call praline.)
In Bayonne/Biarritz we visited several very elegant stores–
We made sure to get to the Puyodebat Chocolate “Museum” with its mini-display of chocolate-making, chocolate pots, molinets, and other chocolate memorabilia. The mini-museum primarily provides also a venue for selling their chocolate.
In Bayonne we sampled as often as possible. We certainly would not want to miss the hot chocolate at Cazenave, founded in 1854, with the foam beaten by hand, known as mousseux, and the whipped cream/chantilly accompaniment:
More tasting and exploring followed at the Atelier du Chocolat de Bayonne Museum. This one year old museum was hard to find in the “old Jewish section” of Bayonne chocolate, in St. Esprit, though directions are in the local brochures and probably on line. The shop provides samples and discounts on some of their items. This time the hot chocolate came with an added flavor choice, so Mark selected orange:
On the Chocolate Trail in Belize’s Jungle
Mark and I happily signed on for three distinct rainforest chocolate experiences within a 15 mile radius of our home base, the romantic Cotton Tree eco-lodge which is nestled among Mayan villages near the Caribbean in the Toledo District of Belize. Not only did Belize envelop us in an exotic rainforest experience, our tourism contributedRead more ›
Is that coffee or chocolate?
Having just eaten my daily portion of chocolate covered coffee beans, I am primed to consider the questions I hear about coffee when I teach on the chocolate trail. How do the two foods really differ, other than taste? I think back to when the layout for On the Chocolate Trail was being designed andRead more ›
A Chocolate Cake for October’s Tricks: Devil’s Food
Heading into October and its culmination in Halloween, I find myself hankering for Devil’s Food Cake, despite its initially derogatory name. Supposedly in 1690 Pilgrims traveled to Plymouth Rock via Amsterdam. They stayed in a house near the city’s biggest chocolate houses and called that chocolate “the Devil’s food.” Later, a chocolate cake, perhaps simplyRead more ›
How About Some Mindful Chocolate Tasting?
These days comforting chocolate seems more necessary than usual. You could just grab a bunch and stuff yourself to help (maybe?) you feel better. Of course, you could add the chocolate in to your cookies, cakes, and ice creams. Or, you could taste chocolate with a mindfulness that focuses your attention solely on the chocolate,Read more ›
Some Previous Posts
(in alphabetical order)
- A Chocolate Cake for October's Tricks: Devil's Food
- Announcing Second Edition: On the Chocolate Trail
- Book Optioned: Museum Exhibit
- Celebrating Ice Cream Month with Chocolate
- Choco-Travel Tips
- Chocolate Exhibit Hits the New York Times
- Chocolate Trail Broadens: "Semi[te] Sweet: On Jews and Chocolate" Travels
- Chocolate, Coffee, Tea and Me
- Election 2016: Winning Fudge Brigadeiros
- How About Some Mindful Chocolate Tasting?
- Jews on the Chocolate Trail
- Lunch & Learn: Central Synagogue
- Mothers and Survival by Chocolate
- No End to Chocolate Exhibits Part III: Visits #3, 4 & 5
- Of Chocolate Exhibits There is No End: Part 2
- Super Food Chocolate for Super Bowl Sunday: Three Recipes
- Talking Chocolate in February
- Warm Up: 3 Historical Drinking Chocolate Recipes