Eaten: The Petit Mendiant Pendant from La Maison du Chocolat

I hold a special place in my heart for La Maison du Chocolat, having had the fortune of having had a meal composed entirely of chocolate while in Paris.  I’m not kidding in the least – there were truffles, and a demi-tasse of hot chocolate, accompanied by a bowl full of billowy whipped cream.  Oh, and there was a glass of cold chocolate.  And maybe a macaron or four.

So, when La Maison du Chocolat reached out to me and inquired as to whether I would be interested in sampling something from their holiday collection, there was absolutely no hesitation.  What arrived in the mail was their Petit Mendiant Pendant, a glorious combination of nuts and chocolate designed to be hung from a Christmas tree as an ornament for as long as your chocolate-hungry soul will allow.

Opening the package reveals 180 grams of exquisite dark chocolate, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, and pistachios, covered in edible gold flake.  And, seeing that it had arrived weeks before a tree would ever grace our livingroom, we had no choice but to dive into it immediately.

The verdict?  There’s a reason why La Maison du Chocolat is one of the leading purveyors of luxury chocolate, and the Petit Mendiant Pendant is a just one example.  The piece is no delicate work, far from it – I used a butter knife to crack the thick pendant into rough quarters, and the combination of rich chocolate and nuts ensured that I would be satisfied extending the experience over several nights.  And when all was said and done, I still had that beautiful red ribbon as a reminder of it all.

The Petit Mendiant Pendant is available in La Maison du Chocolat boutiques and online.