Chocolate 101

Our Chocolates

For Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France, I chose to go “back to the basics” and focus on simplicity and proper pairings. Our collection of tasting squares, classic truffles and caramels was inspired by my childhood favourites and recent European trends. The result: well balanced chocolates, with a contemporary flair. You will not find chocolate covered bacon, giant truffles, or chocolates with coloured appliqués here. Neither will you find extra-large pre-packaged boxes with big bows and fancy packaging.

All of our chocolates, confections and drinks are hand made on site using French Single Origin and Plantation chocolate.  No preservatives, artificial flavours or food colourings are used in their confection.

Glossary

Chocolaterie (FR): Chocolate Shop
Chocolatier (FR): Male Chocolate Maker
Chocolatière (FR): Female Chocolate Maker


Handmade or Artisan

Definition: Made by hand

While most chocolatiers who market themselves as artisan use machinery such as chocolate tempering machines and enrobers  to do most of the work, Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France only uses a warmer to keep the chocolate temperature constant while moulding.

We can proudly say that all of our products are actually handmade in our kitchen. From the chocolate tempering, to the moulding, the decorating and the wrapping, everything is made by hands, with love.

Why French Chocolate

The most renowned chocolatiers in the world use French chocolate for its finesse, superior taste and texture. French chocolate is also appreciated for its lower content of sugar and fat when compared to Belgium, Swiss or American chocolate.

The Basics

We won’t go into details here as you can read all about chocolate, its history, its processing and benefits online. Instead, here is some info that our clients find very helpful:

  • Cocoa beans travel from the plantations to various countries that process chocolate.
  • The origin is where the bean comes from, where cocoa trees grow (ex: Tanzania, Ecuador). Available at chocolatiers who use single origin or plantation chocolate instead of mixed beans.
  • The type of chocolate (ex: French, Belgium) is where the chocolate was processed.
  • Chocolatiers around the world then choose to work with their favorite chocolates to create all kinds of confections.

For chocolate fanatics, we recommend authors such as Chloee Doutre Doucet or Mort Rosenblum.


Why Single Origin or Plantation Chocolates

A majority of chocolate producers (Belgium, Switzerland, US, etc) use a mix of cocoa beans from different countries to produce various quality of chocolate, which are then used by chocolatiers or candy bars manufacturers.

Other producers such as Cacao Barry and Valrhona (France) use single origin or plantation cocoa beans to produce exquisite fine chocolate.

Single Origin chocolate is made from cocoa beans cultivated in limited quantities and harvested from a unique country, for example from Mexico or Venezuela.

Plantation chocolate is made from cocoa beans harvested from a unique plantation with its own flavours and personality. For example: the Alto el Sol plantation in Peru is surrounded by banana plantations, giving the beans a sweet fruity note.

Allergies & Intolerances

All our products are prepared in a facility where nuts, seeds, dairy products and soy are present. Therefore contact might have occurred even in a product not containing the allergen. By choosing to purchase in our store or online, you are automatically deemed to have read and understood this information.

To facilitate your shopping, you will be able to find the information you need regarding most type of allergies or intolerances related to dairy, nuts, sugar or gluten with each product description on our e-shop. We even thought about you vegans!

Shelf life & Storage

As we use fresh cream and no preservatives are added  to our products, we highly recommend consuming them within a certain time for a better tasting experience.

Chocolates:

Chocolates should always be stored and enjoyed at room temperature.  Keep your chocolates away from heat sources, light and strong odors such as spices.

  • Truffles: 1 week
  • Chocolate Squares (Mixed Box): 1-2 weeks (Flavors will mix over time)
  • Chocolate Squares (Single Flavor Box): 2-3 weeks for full flavor
  • Chocolate Mini Bars: 3-4 weeks for full flavor (Note: this product can be kept for a period as long as 3-6 months depending on the bar as they are wrapped individually)

Confections:

Caramels should be stored at room temperature. Keep away from heat sources. If refrigerated or frozen, they might crystalize.

Our spreads have various shelf lives. Information, such as preparation date and storage can be found on packaging.

  • Caramels: 1-2 months
  • Spreads: 1-2 months

Drinks to make at home:

  • Hot Chocolates: 6 months from bag opening
  • Iced Hot Chocolates: 3 months from bag opening