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October 27, 2009

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Raspberry glimmers like a mauve jewel. Photography by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: Artisan bonbons.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Made from sustainable ingredients in sustainable packaging by the former Executive Pastry Chef of Le Bec Fin restaurant.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's beautiful, beautifully packaged, delicious and sustainable.

Antoine Amrani Chocolates: Page 2: Gorgeous Gourmet Chocolate

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Chocolatier Amrani whips up a charming collection of bonbons, palets and . Normally, we’d just say “bonbons,” but since Chef Amrani gets detailed on his website, so shall we:

Bonbons, filled chocolates, can take many shapes. The list of shapes runs into the hundreds, but includes spheres, diamonds, acorns, butterflies, crowns, fruit and musical instruments. Amrani limits himself to three, basic shapes and a variety of custom molds, differentiated with embossing, custom cocoa-butter transfer designs and/or iridescent color.

  • The bonbons include domes filled with Banana Rum, Coffee Sour Cherry, Duo Café, Hazelnut Praline, Orange Grand Marnier and Pistachio.
  • Palets are a shape with a flat top, originally round like a hockey puck (palet is the French word for hockey puck). The term has evolved to a include squares and rectangles as well, the style preferred by M. Amrani (see the Earl Grey with the tan scroll work at right and the mauve Raspberry slender palets at top). Other palets include Almond Praline, Coconut Kaffir Lime, Organic Cinnamon Honey and Pure Dark.

Amrani ChocolateDome-shaped bonbons, square palets and rectangular slender palets. Shimmering at center:Pistachio.


The centers are fresh and rich. There’s something for everyone: Coffee lovers will delight in the Duo Cafe, fruit lovers will revel in the Raspberry (we just love chocolate/raspberry and chocolate/orange combinations) and those of us who like everything will treasure each bite. Nothing is as simple as it seems. Orange Grand Marnier has a hint of cardamom. Sour Cherry Coffee, seemingly an unusual pairing, is quite a lovely combination.

The handsome chocolate brown and lime boxes can be reused; they remain a keeper after the chocolate is a very fond memory.

—Karen Hochman

ANTOINE Amrani Chocolates

Fine Chocolates In 12 Flavors

  • Boxes Available From 4-Piece
    ($13.00) To 68-Piece ($122.00)
  • We Suggest The 17-Piece ($37.00)
    Because The 9-Piece ($23.00) Will
    Leave You Wanting More
  • If There Are Two Chocoholics In
    The House, Then Go For The 34-
    Piece ($68.00) To Avoid Discord
    Or Injury

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Amrani ChocolatesRemove the lime-colored sleeve and the top cover and a festive scrollwork box appears, holding the chocolate “jewels.”


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