When words fail and sweeping gestures go unnoticed, a little square of chocolate can warm the iciest of hearts. Not just any chocolate will have this same miraculous effect; quality truly counts here. To deliver a single perfect bite, the ideal snap and melt, that flood of unadulterated cacao bliss, you must know how to pick and choose your chocolate ally. Even for the unromantic and Valentine-immune, it’s no secret that the gift of chocolate can score serious brownie points, no matter who is the recipient.
Based in New Orleans, Sucré takes the guess work out of selecting sumptuous treats. Available both locally and through mail order, all of their tempting offerings are just a few clicks and a few days away. Some might say there are slim pickings for vegans here, offering only two options in total that are free of dairy and eggs, but those two are more than enough to sate the discerning sweet tooth.
Though taste will always trump all fanciful facades, it’s impossible not to be wooed by the beautiful packaging surrounding the Coconut and Toasted Almond Bar. A cut-out window provides glimpse of the bar within its turquoise box, teasing with a flawlessly tempered surface and a hint of the goodies sprinkled on top. The bottom is really the top in this case, revealing a slightly scuffed break-away design on the opposite side, but such an imperfection is barely worth noting. The easily snapped squares will hardly stick around long enough to be examined that thoroughly. Melting readily over the tongue, this bar packs a serious cacao punch, coating the whole mouth with deep, woodsy, and slightly smoky dark chocolate flavor. Fresh, crisp almonds and shredded coconut add a bit of crunch and interest to the party, but are overwhelmed by the strength of the chocolate. Although they get top billing in the title, they’re bit players at best. At the end of the day, it’s just all about the chocolate.
Utilizing that same rich chocolate, the Dark Chocolate Bark is also worth a taste (or five.) Each generous shard is positively stuffed with goodies; a varied mix of roasted cashews, whole almonds, pistachios, pecans, and dried cherries litter the cacao landscape. It’s the pinch of salt over the top that really allow all those flavors to pop, lending a brightness that the plainer bars might have lacked. For better or for worse, this only leads to creating an even more addictive sweet snack, and I could barely stop myself from popping piece after piece. Incredibly well balanced for containing so many disparate ingredients, sweet chewy fruits perfectly contrast with the gently bitter edge of cacao, while the crunchy nuts lend a nutty, toasted essence to the mix.
I’m typically not one to sit down and snack on straight chocolate, but Sucré‘s confections are a completely different story. Valentine’s Day is not a big event on my radar, but I would certainly give it more attention if it always involved this kind of instant gratification.
13 thoughts on “Sucré: A Sweet Boutique”
I’m not the world’s biggest chocoholic, but I think Sucré would make one out of me ;)
Your descriptions are mouthwatering, I need this chocolate :)
Choc Chip Uru
OK every time I hear the word Sucre, I immediately think of one of my favorite characters on Prison Break- anyone else? :) I am definitely the kind of person to sit down and snack on straight chocolate and always enjoy finding new vegan chocolate bars.
I completely love straight chocolate (dark, of course) but the bark sounds fantastic. BTW you should add “Vegan ala Mode” to your “Author” box above. :-)
Eek, thank you! I can’t believe how out of date that was… All better now!
I agree with CCU, your descriptions of the chocolates are amazing! I love chocolate and almonds together and chocolate and coconut isn’t too shabby either. I don’t think I’ve ever had all 3 in one before. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but this chocolate looks scrumptious.
I’m headed to NOLA in just a few weeks so I’ll definitely put this on my list of places I need to go!
I am totally with you, I’d rather eat only one or two pieces of a high quality chocolate, than a whole bar of any other chocolate!
That chocolate is absolutely gorgeous – I’ll definitely consider sending some of it Mike’s way. I’ll have to see if they ship to Canada! Thanks for sharing! :)
Omg, these look scrumptious. I am sad I didn’t know about sucre when I went to New Orleans last summer, but at least they have mail order!
PS: I saw a copy of Vegan a’la Mode at the bookstore I work at today… and it is now in my employee stash (where we keep the books we want to buy!)
Ah, now that’s what I love to hear! What bookstore do you work at? Always nice to know where my books are going. :)
Awesome photography Hannah!
Let them eat vegan! Sounds wonderful. I love your blog, Hannah!!