Friday, March 29, 2013

London, England - Paul A. Young Fine Chocolates

Yesterday I stopped by award winning chocolatier Paul A. Young Fine Chocolates to stock up on all my chocolate Easter eggs for the weekend. Out of his three locations, the Bank store in the City, located in the Royal Exchange Mall (surrounded by the likes of Hermes, Gucci and Louis Vuitton), is my favorite. With its deep mahogany wood walls, display cases and old-fashioned clock, I always feel like I am being transported into what stores must have looked like a hundred years ago. 

Everything in the shop is made by hand in an onsite kitchen, thus guaranteeing freshness. Paul himself is ranked amongst the world'd best chocolatiers. This year, the handmade and hand-decorated extra-thick chocolate Easter eggs come in shades of vibrant natural spring colors that include primrose yellows, vibrant greens and bright oranges.

The daffodils in the window remind us that Spring is occurring somewhere, if not in presently Arctic chilled London ... 

There is always a pot of the award-winning hot chocolate at the ready in each store ...

As for me, the one item I always pick up on a visit to Paul A Young is the now infamous Sea Salted Caramel spread (below). It is absolutely delicious warmed up and drizzled over vanilla bean ice cream, though the shop keeper, in typical sarcastic British drawl, exclaimed, "Oh darling, this is so good I know people who put it on their breakfast cereal." I, for one, am going to try not to go down that road! 


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