BE Chocolat, named for Master
Chocolatier BEnoit, opened in January 2021 in the historic
district of Fairfield,
Connecticut, and if you thought
"Willy Wonka" had fun creating chocolates, wait until you see and
taste what BEnoit is creating at their gorgeous atelier. Mouthwatering,
high-quality Callebaut fair trade finest Belgian chocolate is the base for BEnoit's
amazing creations with inspired flavors that tempt and tantalize the palate and
are as beautiful to look at as they are tasty to eat.
Master Chocolatier BEnoit Racquet, Sylvie Fortin
Debra C. Argen, Edward F. Nesta
learned about BE Chocolat when we were visiting Bridget and Master
Distiller Rob Schulten owners of Fifth State Distillery in
Bridgeport, Connecticut and they had us taste BE Chocolat's Gin and T,
a delectable pairing of ganache with two great family-owned Connecticut companies,
Fifth State Gin and Bigelow Earl Grey Black Tea. One bite of this
delicious chocolate and we were hooked on the Gin and T chocolate and decided to
make a trip to BE Chocolat to learn more.
Seeing, or when
it comes to chocolates, tasting, is believing, so on Friday, July 3, 2021, we
took a trip to Fairfield, Connecticut to visit with BE Chocolat owner Sylvie
Fortin and her husband Master Chocolatier Benoit Racquet to learn about and
taste their amazing chocolates where their tag line is BE Chocolat
"Initiator of Tastes."
Sylvie and BEnoit, we learned that their atelier opened on January 5, 2021, in
the historic district of Fairfield, Connecticut and they have steadily increased
their visibility with their delectable and creative products. BEnoit is a
Master Chocolatier and received his training at the Ceria Culinary Institute in
Brussels and was the Chocolate Chef at the Belgian pavilion at the Shanghai
They sell their
chocolates as individual bon bons, in bars, and have stunning molds for
holidays and special occasions designed to inspire the imagination. We also
loved that they could personalize their chocolate bars with a customer's
message. What a lovely birthday, shower, anniversary, or "just because" way to
convey your special message.
Sylvie Fortin - Stiletto Chocolate Shoes
We loved their
stiletto shoe chocolate mold that they can make in a variety of colors and fill
with mixed chocolates as the perfect topping on a cake for a fashionista's
birthday party, fashion show, or "Cinderella" party. Their car chocolate mold
would be wonderful for car afficionados, to present to new car owners, or to
winners at Concours d'Elegance or other car-related events. BEnoit is a huge
sports fan, (the day we visited the atelier, friends and family gathered to
watch the Belgian-Italy soccer match (Italy won 2-1 over Belgian), so they also
have sport molds to delight sports fans.
distinguishes BE Chocolat is that not only are the chocolates handcrafted with
love in small batches in Fairfield, Connecticut, they also have inspired flavor
combinations that make this chocolate atelier a standout. A few of their more
exotic chocolate bon bon combinations include Limoncello made with real
Limoncello, Pink Sesame with toasted sesame oil, Tuscany balsamic gel,
and cracked Himalayan pink salt, Vanilla Bourbons combines the highest
quality vanilla Bourbon with the world's best chocolate, Gin and T incorporates
Fifth State Gin and Bigelow Earl Grey Black Tea, Champagne & Raspberry
Heart made with Veuve Clicquot champagne and organic raspberry, in a
Belgian dark chocolate heart mold, Black Forest made with Alsace
Kirschwasser and candied cherries in dark chocolate, and Praline (also
in a golf ball shape for your favorite golfer) made with Bulleit 10-year
bourbon, slow-roasted almonds and hazelnuts praline.
BEnoit also uses
herbal, floral, and spice elements in some of his chocolates including Rosemary
Raspberry made with fresh rosemary infused ganache, raspberry balsamic
cream, and organic dried raspberries, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Cayenne with
Aztec's spiced chocolate beverage recreated, which has a subtle and spiced
explosion, Peppermint (a dark chocolate ganache with peppermint essential
oil and a drop of rose syrup), and Lavender made by infusing lavender
flowers in white chocolate ganache.
Wild Moon Lavender Liqueur and BE Chocolat Lavender pairing
We tasted our
way through their rich line of chocolates at their atelier and brought some
home to create chocolate pairings. The Lavender made a lovely pairing
with Wild Moon Lavender Liqueur
made in Hartford, Connecticut. The combination of the lavender chocolate with
the lavender liqueur was spot on delicious.
Continuum Distilling Charred and
BE Chocolat Salted Caramel pairing
delectable pairings we tried at home included pairing the Salted Caramel
(grass-fed butter and cream caramel and cracked sea salt) with Continuum Distilling Charred
a dark "beer whiskey" made from brown ales, stouts, and porters made in
Waterbury, Connecticut. The flavor combination of creamy, sweet, and salty
paired extremely well with the whiskey.
We paired their
Coffee Cup (mocha ganache of Shearwater Organic Cold Brew coffee
presented in an adorable dark chocolate coffee cup mold) with a demi-tasse of Java Love Coffee Roasters Brazil
Cerrado coffee for a perfect after dinner finish.
Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta
"See You at BE Chocolat"
We love peanut
butter and chocolate and brought home a bar of their Honey Roasted Peanut
Butter bar made with milk chocolate and Honey Roasted Peanut Butter that
was absolutely delicious! We may need to go back and buy some more of these bars
to put between slices of artisanal bread and grill it. Food for thought...would
the sandwich then be considered a savory or a dessert? Either way, it sounds
delicious, and we will definitely need to try it!
Chocolat, the question should not be... To BE or not to BE, but rather when! While
BE Chocolat makes a perfect gift, do remember to "gift" yourself as well.
time, wishing you sweet chocolate dreams!
To learn more
about BE Chocolat or purchasing information, please visit their website:
BE Chocolat Hours:
BE Chocolat is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm,
Saturday from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.
The shop is closed on Mondays.
75 Hillside Road
Fairfield, Connecticut 06824
(Located in Greenfield Hill Common)
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