I was super craving chocolate today, and even though I was still so **** full from yesterday, I somehow decided to have something quite dense today.
I had some Profiteroles I bought from Marché Franprix as a pre-dessert. The chocolate was super gooey…very filling. The puffs were also huge. As you can imagine, refrigerated choux can’t be good…but it was satisfying for the price, around 3 euros for 8 puffs. There was also a LOT of chocolate. Not very good quality chocolate, but like I said, satisfying.
Now for the REAL chocolate I had today. Patisserie Hugo & Victor is a relatively new patisserie, opened last year in March by Hugues Pouget and Sylvain Blanc. They now have 4 boutiques in Paris including one in the Printemps (very swanky!). Their store is beautiful, with pastries displayed in glass cases.
Everything is also boxed nicely. The pastry is kept immobile in the box by a cardboard which is stuck to the bottom by their “H” stickers. Unfortunately, I don’t know why pastries still end up moving inside the box after they tape it…it’s especially important when taking the metro! People like to push around.
The form of this pastry is beautiful. It’s not rectangular, instead having surfaces at different angles which makes it more interesting. The surface has a dusting of cocoa which makes it look furry and velvety. As for the taste…it’s amazing! The first taste that hits your tongue is pure chocolate mousse with amer tones. It’s my first time having tonka, and it tastes cinnamony. The smell is quite distinct, kind of spicy. The biscuit infused with lime evens the tones out with tartness. In between the mousse and the biscuit are almond slivers. I kind of don’t like almonds (like I said numerous times, I don’t like nuts in my cake), but it gives the necessary difference in texture. There seems to be lime peel mixed within the almond layer too.
Although the Hugo Chocolat is small, it was very satisfying, probably due to the good quality chocolate. Or maybe I was just still full from yesterday’s lunch. Heh.