At Paris’s oldest sweets shop, A la Mère de Famille, head chef and chocolatier Julien Merceron has created a whimsical collection of Christmas treats.
Chef Merceron’s 2014 Christmas collection features an over-sized chocolate Christmas present, a tiny marzipan Santa Claus lugging a gigantic sack of chocolate goodies, and what can only be described as a magician’s bûche de Noël!
“Cadeau fantasmagorique” represents a fantastical Christmas present made entirely of 68-per-cent dark chocolate (Santa Claus made of marzipan). Measuring 63cm x 63 cm x 81cm, it weighs an impressive 16kg!
“La hotte fantastique,” Santa’s extraordinary sack, is made of 68-per-cent dark chocolate (also available in 36-per-cent milk chocolate) and filled with praliné chocolate pearls. (Santa Claus made of marzipan.) (14cm x 19cm, 500 grams)
The amazing Bûche “magie de Noël” is a frozen caramel and chocolate bûche resting on a crispy hazelnut and streusel base. The outer shell is made of 68-per-cent dark chocolate, with Santa’s hat and boots made of marzipan. (9cm x 8cm x 30cm, 1150 grams)
Fans of A la Mère de Famille will be delighted to know that the English-language edition of Julien Merceron’s gorgeous collection of recipes, A la Mère de Famille: Recipes from the Beloved Parisian Confectioner, was published earlier this year.
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