Here’s a terrific gift for a lover of fine chocolate.
Michel Cluizel, one of the world’s great chocolatiers (more about him below), has created a bar-making kit that lets us chocolate lovers experience the pleasure of making our own bars.
The Michel Cluizel Indulgence Bar Kit is a reusable insulated bag with all the ingredients to make four gourmet chocolate bars—with your favorite toppings—in your own kitchen. The kit includes:
Here’s a video that shows how easy bar-making is. The video is also accessible via a QR code in the package.
Michel Cluizel is a family business that started in 1947 in Normandy, France when pastry chefs Marc and Marcelle Cluizel decided to venture into the world of fine chocolate.
Fascinated by his parents’ chocolate business, Michel became an apprentice at age 14 and later, in 1987, opened what has come to be a renowned boutique, La Fontaine du Chocolat, on the Rue Saint Honoré in Paris.
Cluizel takes immense pride in quality ingredients, using strictly cane sugar and Bourbon vanilla pods.
To enable the purest chocolate flavors he avoids lecithin—an emulsifier commonly used for added smoothness and mouthfeel—so that every nuance of the cacao shines through.
In the 1980s, the company produced the first chocolate with 72% cacao. Cluizel also debuted “Noir Infini,” the first 99% cacao chocolat.
In 2000, the brand obtained the “Noble Ingredients” label, that guarantees consumers that all of Cluizel chocolate is made with pure cocoa butter, free of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), without artificial colors or flavors.
In 2012 Cluizel was recognized as a “Living Heritage Company,” a distinction awarded to French firms with exceptional craftsmanship skills, and industries that know how to reconcile tradition and innovation [source].
In 2005, his sons Marc, Catherine, and Sylvie took over the business, and their children, the fourth generation, have recently joined.
Michel Cluizel passed away on May 26, 2020 at the age of 87. As long as people desire fine chocolate, his name and legacy will be lauded.
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