I haven’t tested this, but I suspect that chocolate is an effective tool of seduction everywhere

Old poster advertising a French brand of chocolate.  Photo from http://www.postercorner.com/Culinary-Chocolate-Palhasson-Vintage-Poster-Print-p/00720.htm.
Old poster advertising a French brand of chocolate. Photo from http://www.postercorner.com/Culinary-Chocolate-Palhasson-Vintage-Poster-Print-p/00720.htm.

You can find a list of the great restaurants of Paris anywhere.  However, a list of the great chocolatiers of Paris is harder to find.  Here’s a link to an article that talks about French chocolate and chocolate makers (chocolatiers), and gives the addresses of a number of Parisian chocolate shops.  What a nice theme for a day in Paris–a tour of the arrondissements by way of chocolate.

List of chocolatiers and chocolate shops of Paris from francetoday.com.

Here are some chocolate- and dessert-related terms that you might not have come across elsewhere:

  • la bûche de Noël: Christmas cake. (Picture below.)
  • la crème anglaise: custard.
  • la ganache: a cream-filled chocolate, a truffle.  Other meanings, too: the lower jaw, and an old fool.
  • la gaufre: waffle.  You probably knew this one already, but I include it here anyway, just because I like the word.  Another thing to note: le gaufre is a gopher (the North American mammal).  La gaufre: waffle.  Le gaufre: gopher.  Fun.
Bûche de Noël. Photo from http://blog.lamadeleine.com/2013/12/23/yule-love-it-the-history-of-buche-de-noel/.
Bûche de Noël. Photo from http://blog.lamadeleine.com/2013/12/23/yule-love-it-the-history-of-buche-de-noel/.

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