Where to Buy: La Châtelaine Chocolat on Foodzie
Peer inside any charming French chocolaterie and you will find Mendiants for sale. These quintessentially French confections are small discs of dark chocolate adorned with candied fruits and nuts enlived with a sprinkling of Camargue Fleur de Sel. Nibble one for Goûter.
What I think:
Well, here it is the last day of February, and I’ve saved the chocolate Mendiants from my February Tasting Box for last. Hey, what can I say, I’m a chocoholic, and I KNEW I would love these. No doubt in my mind whatsoever.
And I do love these Mendiants. They are absolutely delightful. Tucked inside a clear cellophane bag (tied up with a brown ribbon that’s been printed with the name of La Châtelaine Chocolat Co.) are two of these beautifully adorned discs of dark chocolate. Each one has been topped with a hazelnut, two pumpkin seed kernels, a pistachio nut, and a candied orange rind, as well as a generous sprinkling of Fleur de Sel.
The sweet chocolate snaps crisply – a good sign! The salt offers fantastic contrast to the bittersweet dark chocolate. The flavor of the pumpkin seed kernel is not very noticeable when eaten with the chocolate, but it does provide an interesting texture to the bite. The pistachio nut is delightful – nutty, sweet, and toasty!
The hazelnut is also very nice and in the bite that included the hazelnut, I found that the flavor of the nut dominated over the taste of salt and chocolate. The candied orange peel has a slightly drunken taste to it. The peel adds a great chewy texture to the bite, as well as a sweet, tangy taste, and is probably my favorite topping on the Mendiant.
My final thoughts:
YUM! These delicious discs could easily become a favorite chocolate treat.