How do you celebrate 🐣 Easter? Do you organise 🐣 a little Easter egg hunt in your garden or in a local park?
Here 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, we live on the border with 🇨🇭 Switzerland, one of the most famous chocolate producing nations in the world! Those 🐄 happy alpine cows produce 🥛 a rich creamy milk, perfect to mix with cacao, to form delicious chocolate . . . But here in our 🗻 Haute-Savoie mountains, we also have a rich tradition of artisan chocolate-making, which dates back to the 19th century!
And, as you’ll see in this article, we also have some exquisite chocolate makers 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc today! Our shops are now filled with chocolate delights . . . 🥚 chocolate eggs, 🐰 bunnies, 🐥 chicks . . . and so much more it would seem, here 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc! And, if you pop into your local chocolate-maker or pâtisserie, you will find 🐣 some exquisite and unique Easter creations!
Here are some ideas . . .
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Chamonix Valley (Chamonix, Argentière, Les Houches, Servoz and environs) & Vallorcine
Passy & environs
Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy
Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Le Fayet, Saint Nicolas de Véroce, Bionnassay & environs
Megève, Praz-sur-Arly & environs
Les Contamines & environs
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La Chocolatier Ancey / Aux Nougats du Mont-Blanc (Chamonix centre)
The 🍫 La Chocolaterie Ancey (Aux Nougats du Mont-Blanc) is a veritable institution in Chamonix! Known originally as the « Maison de Nougat » back in 1821, it was taken over by the Ancey family in 1892. You are still welcomed by the Ancey family into their little world of chocolats, nougats, macaroons, candied fruit, honeys and jams . . . / FB page;
address: 60 rue Joseph Vallot, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc / tel: 04 50 53 09 79;
Pâtisserie Richard Chamonix (Chamonix centre)
The 🧁 Pâtisserie Richard was always my favourite boulangerie for bread and viennoiserie when I lived down the road in Chamonix, but I rarely indulged in its incredible selection of cakes and chocolates back then – why ever not?! There are some 🐣 exquisite creations this Easter! / FB page and website;
address: 10 rue du Docteur Paccard, 74400, Chamonix / tel: 04 50 53 56 88;
Maison Fattier: Aux Petits Gourmands & Chalet 4810 pépites et gourmandises (Chamonix centre)
Maison Fattier is 🧁 Aux Petits Gourmands and Chalet 4810 (FB page), and they have the most incredible selection of beautiful cakes and chocolates! The chocolates are beautiful, with some designed liked mountains and snowflakes! They’ll also design for your company! You’ll find a newer branch of 🧁 Aux Petits Gourmands opposite the church in Saint-Gervais – what a beautiful location! (on a warm day, you can eat your cake in the church gardens!).
You’ll find 🥚 chocolate eggs and animal creations this 🐣 Easter!
Qosmiq Chocolate (Chamonix)
Qosmiq Chocolate is a new independent brand available in Chamonix: ” Bean to bar chocolate maker based in Chamonix. Using ethically sourced, single origin cocoa to make simple and delicious bars of chocolate. “. They offer some unusual creation, like white chocolate with raspberry! / FB page;
Some of you Chamonix residents may remember the noisy bar Le Choucas (I do; it was located right under my rented Chamonix studio, so on a summer’s night, the noise from here (and Le Pub) travelled right up to my bed!).
Well, the Le Choucas chalet has now become home to Le Shoukâ: ” une manufacture de cacao et de café “. In this article on the blog, Le Shoukâ tells you why eating (good quality) chocolate (in moderation) is good for your health! You can buy coffee beans from the dispensers and they make their own chocolate! / FB page and website;
address: 206 rue du Dr Paccard, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;
Les Gourmandises de Manon (Chedde)
address: 8 rue Paul Corbin, 74190, Passy / tel: 07 60 65 22 26;
Sallanches, Combloux & Saint-Gervais
Chocolats de Neuville (Sallanches)
Chocolats de Neuville is a not a local brand, though it is a French brand, and it has a small shop next to Monoprix in Sallanches . . . this shop works with our boys’ school’s Amicale, with lots of 🐣 Easter creations on offer!
address: 9 avenue de la Gare, 74700, Sallanches;
Chocola’thé is a cake and chocolate shop, within a tea room, located on the quais of Sallanches. The 🐣 shop is decorated for Easter! / FB page;
address: 38 quai Saint Jacques 74700 Sallanches / tel: 04 50 55 83 68;
Délicat Délice (Sallanches)
🍫 Délicat Délice is also located on the quais, and has beautiful cakes and chocolate, and tea and coffee for sale. There is also a branch in La Roche-sur-Foron / FB page;
Lydie’s cake (Sallanches)
Lydie is known for her cupcakes and custom-made cakes, and she also produces chocolate! Located next to the Le repère des z’héros (organic and no package shopping) and Porridg.Lab granola shop, you can combine a visit! / FB page;
address: 151 rue du Mont-Blanc, 74700, Sallanches / tel: 07 85 12 87 90;
Zanin Pâtissier & Chocolatier (Sallanches, Saint-Gervais & Cluses)
Zanin is another institution locally, selling beautiful cakes, chocolates and macaroons. The first branch to open was in Le Fayet and there are newer shops in Sallanches and Cluses / FB page and website;
address (Sallanches): 540 rue du Général Jacques de Montfort, 74700, Sallanches;
address (Le Fayet): La Potinière, 111 avenue de Chamonix, 74170, Le Fayet;
Aux Délices de Combloux & Megève
address Combloux: main street, opposite Office de Tourisme;
address Megève: 290 route du Palais des Sports, 74120, Megève / tel: 04 50 21 30 48;
Megève & Praz sur Arly
Boulangerie Le Montagnard (Praz-sur-Arly)
Founded in 1989, and set in a chalet, this boulangerie sells amazing cakes and chocolate! They have some 🐣 Easter creations available / FB page;
address: Praz-sur-Arly / tel:04 50 21 26 76;
Le Comptoir du Père Sotieu (Megève)
address: 19 rue Général Muffat de St Amour, 74120, Megève / tel: 04 50 21 67 51;
La Boutique aux Chocolats (Megève)
La Boutique aux Chocolats in Megève is run by Caroline Vouillon and François Legon, and has been producing exquisite artisan chocolates since 1963! I have been given some of these chocolates as a gift and they are delicious, some with gold paint! / website;
address: 176 rue Charles Feige, 74120, Megève;
tel: +33 (0)4 50 21 01 64 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Les Glaçons de Megève®
Les Glaçons de Megève® are delicate praline meringues, and they are a speciality of Megève – for the last 112 years, they have been made there, based on the recipe of Barthélémy Vigliengo! / more information;
address: 215 route Edmond de Rothschild, 74120, Megève / tel: 06 01 73 88 99;
Les Flocons de Neige (Megève)
Another speciality of Megève: « Le Flocon de Neige » – praline covered in meringue. This little boutique sits on a corner;
address: 133 rue Monseigneur Conseil, 74120 Megève / tel: 04 50 21 20 10;
Artisan du Chocolat Verchaix (Verchaix)
address: 30 rue du Giffre, 74440, Verchaix, France / tel: 04 50 91 23 32;
Sébastien Colombel Artisan Chocolatier (Mieussy)
tel: 06 16 89 80 40 / email: email@example.com;