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CHAPON

PATRICE CHAPON WORKED AT Buckingham Palace, making ice-creams and sorbets for the royal family before returning to Paris to open his laboratoire in 1984. Since then he has won numerous awards and now sells a wide range of fine single origin bars and filled chocolates.

Website: www.chocolat-chapon.com

Stores: CHAPON has three stores:

Paris:

69 rue du Bac, (7th arr.), 75007 Paris, France, Tel. +33(0)142229598, Fax. +33(0)142227870, Tue-Sat 10-7.30.

52, avenue Mozart, (16th arr.), 75016 Paris, France, Tel. +33(0)142240505, Fax. +33(0)142241012, Tue-Fri 10-1.30, 2.30-7.30 and Sat 10-7.30.

Chelles: 31 bis, avenue de la Resistance, 77500 Chelles, France, Tel. +33(0)160085505, Fax. +33(0)160081130, Tue-Sat 9.30-12.30, 2.30-7 and Sun 10-1.00.

Availability: In addition to the above stores, CHAPON chocolate can also be purchased from their website.


THE CHOCOLATE BARS

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MADAGASCAR 72%
Madagascar

A piece of chocolate from this fine bar enters the mouth with flavours of banana which evolve into a full and rich warmth with notes of lemon and spices, in particular nutmeg, before finishing with a dry aftertaste.

INDONESIE 72%
Indonesia, South East Asia

This remarkable bar reveals a complex array of flavours, in particular berry fruits and raisins, but also citrus fruit, wood and coffee (in the aftertaste), with the underlying distinct taste of criollo.

EQUATEUR 72%
Ecuador, South America

A rich tasting experience, this bar has a sweetness of dried fruit with notes of liquorice, treacle, caramel and litchis, as well as hints of wood.

SAO TOME 70%
Sao Tome, Africa
This highly complex chocolate starts off with leafy, young, green and herbal flavours reminiscent of apple, followed by notes of honey which evolve into a spicy, warm finish with hints of nutmeg. The aftertaste carries notes of brazil nut.

VENEZUELA 82%
Venezuela, South America
After an earthy start, this bar develops flavours of cinnamon and nutmeg reminiscent of Christmas, before ending in a dry but satisfying finish.

SAO TOME 70%
Sao Tome, Africa
This highly complex chocolate starts off with leafy, young, green and herbal flavours reminiscent of apple, followed by notes of honey which evolve into a spicy, warm finish with hints of nutmeg. The aftertaste carries notes of brazil nut.

COLOMBIE 75%
Colombia, South America
A very nice bar, which carries notes of tobacco, wood and coffee and ends with aromas of roast peanut in the finish.

CUBA 75%
Cuba, Carribean
This is a nicely balanced bar with hints of spice, but is not as complex as some of the other offerings by CHAPON.

EQUATEUR GHANA 75%
Ghana, Africa
This blend of origins is almost sickly sweet, with a slight perfume, and carries flavours of praline. Not well balanced in our opinion.

GHANA*
Ghana, Africa
This chocolate carries hints of celery and lemongrass, and exhibits a spicy warmth in the finish, but lacks intensity and complexity.

*) The tasting box version, which is what we sampled, gives no percentage for this chocolate.

INDONESIE-EQUATEUR-GHANA*
Indonesia, South East Asia
Ecuador, South America
Ghana, Africa

This interesting blend combines flavours of orange and cherry with spicy notes of cinnamon and ginger. A dry finish is followed by walnut in the aftertaste.

*) The tasting box version, which is what we sampled, gives no percentage for this chocolate.

The other CHAPON bars are the Colombie, Ghana-Indonesie, Saint Domingue, Cuba, Chuao Venezuela, Perou Panama, Perou Panama Equateur, and Tanzanie.

© BlueDog 2011