Coffee paired with dark chocolate is a real pleasure that you can't do without. Indeed, it is a moment of greediness to be savoured in moderation or not
The cocoa history
A somewhat magical food, brought back from present-day Mexico by Hernán Cortés in 1528. Firstly, it was appreciated by the Mayas, under the name of xocoatl, and the Aztecs. This drink was used to fight fatigue. Moreover, in Europe, the beverage became increasingly popular in the following centuries. Consequently, confectioners discovered other ways of preparing the cocoa bean. After the drink, dark chocolate became a multi-faceted delicacy.
Dark chocolate, a delicacy with many virtues
We observe beneficial effects on health. For example, flavonoids, of which dark chocolate is rich, have antioxidant properties.
- 100 g of 70% dark chocolate provides 206 mg of magnesium. Therefore, it makes it an ally against stress and anxiety.
- Eating it at least once a week improves cognitive performance.
- It lowers blood pressure and protects against heart attacks and strokes.
- Because it contains theobromine, it has euphoric and stimulating properties.
Dark chocolate, a unique moment of pleasure
However, chocolate is a very high-calorie food. Its beneficial effect on blood pressure, for example, is weak and would be more than cancelled out by excessive consumption. In short, it remains an occasion for precious pleasure, we therefore have everything to gain by eating it less, perhaps less but better…
The best addresses to try in Paris
His creations give back their letters of nobility to the craft of dark chocolate. For instance, his legendary praline bar is regularly available in limited series.
A pioneer, the boutique on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, opposite the Salle Pleyel, is one of the first addresses in Paris to offer chocolate exclusively. If the black truffles are a classic, the praline bites with pumpkin seeds are a nice surprise.
He takes care to preserve the cocoa’s aromas during the creation process. The star of the house? Heart-shaped chocolate sweets, the perfect gift.
Jean-Paul Hévin’s superbly sculpted dark chocolate bars will delight lovers of intense cocoa. Above all, thirty varieties of cocoa are available in dark, milk or hazelnut.
Dark chocolate bars filled with crunchy praline and caramel mousse are a pleasure. You can enjoy watching the production process through the large bay windows of the shop in eastern Paris.
Founded in 1761, is a must-see address. Behind its old-fashioned façade, A La Mère de Famille is full of hundreds of sweets that make you fall back into childhood.
After that, know where to go for your gourmet coffee break !
Make sure to read the article about coffee by Inés to know more about your favorite drink 🙂