All Articles
All Articles
FOOD + DRINK

Maison Bouche Chocolates

Eclectic confections of a modern chocolatier inspired by old world Europe

by Evan Orensten
on 04 July 2011
MaisonBouche-1.jpg

Berkeley pastry chef Diane Beaty's chocolate-centered universe is inspired by natural colors and flavors, including those of 18th century French royal courts. Her's is a bountiful world of hand-painted chocolate rabbits, exotic flavored milk and dark chocolate bars, and clever chocolate interpretations of classical french pastries. Wonka analogies may be trite, but her passion for experimentation and consistency in branding certainly bring them to mind.

Maison_Bouche_summer2011.jpg

Maison Bouche chocolate bars are wrapped in colorful and often illustrated paper and pastel-colored foil. The five standard collections of bars—Fleurs (flowers), Épices (spices), Diversités (diversities), Croquants (crunchy), and Fruits—feature more than 30 bars. This is supplemented by seasonal collections (Summer 2011 includes Tequila, Lime and Sea Salt, Piñ Colada, Papaya, Melon Basil, Strawberry Balsamic and Watermelon Mint) and several special collections (Liquers, Botanicals, Marriage à la Mode, Patisserie, Couture and Confections). In all, dozens and dozens of bars with flavorful and considered combinations.

MaisonBouche_rabbit.jpg

We sampled several of the bars and confections, which start with a blend of various high quality chocolates, and they consistently held their own. We particularly enjoyed the hint of cookie and satisfying crunch of the Sablés Croquants noir bar and the one-two olfactory and taste punch of the not too sweet milk chocolate Geranium Bourbon bar. And though we didn't get to taste the dark chocolate Licorice Macarons, we're intrigued.

Maison Bouche (which translates to "the mouth's home") chocolates and candies are made by hand in-house in small batches. "We are inspired by the old world candy houses of France and Italy," Beaty explains, "many of which have sadly gone out of business. But we like to feel that we mimic them in some way."

MaisonBouche-2.jpg

Maison Bouche chocolates are available online and at various retail locations in the USA.

The CH25 is a showcase of creators and innovators from a broad range of disciplines who are currently working to drive the world forward.

George Arriola and Monohm

An heirloom electronic for the post-smartphone era

Read More
We agonized during the design process as all hyper-obsessed craftspeople should

Tal Danino

The bioengineer who’s programming DNA to fight cancer

Read More
[Manipulating genes] is very new, people are just learning how to program these organisms

Corinne Joachim Sanon

The chocolatier bringing social change to Haiti and bean-to-bar chocolate to the world

Read More
Seeing the poverty surrounding me and the lack of jobs and opportunity bothered me

Roxie Darling

From un-shampoo to transgender identity, the NYC colorist boldly defining the next chapter of hair

Read More
Hair color is as much a science as it is a craft

Lulu Mickelson

A civic leader bringing change to NYC through design

Read More
Human-centered design is one of the many tools that we can use to better engage the public

Kegan Schouwenburg

Revolutionizing orthotics through 3D-printed insoles

Read More
What orthotics do is they effectively change the geometry of what your alignment is like

Joshua Harker

Pushing the boundaries of sculpture with intricate 3D printing

Read More
My intent was to explore and depict the architecture of the imagination, to interpret and share forms evident in the mind’s eye

Marcus Weller

Using technology to turn motorcycle helmet design on its head

Read More
I was taken aback both by the number of people that doubted it, and by the equally large number of people that got behind it

Matt Kenyon

Fusing art and technology to disrupt concepts of corporate America

Read More
I want the work to live in the world and circulate, so it can generate more dialogue

Tarren Wolfe

The next-generation appliance making kitchens greener—literally

Read More
Our goal is to provide food for everyone in the world, and the best place to start is in our very own community

Leopoldine Huyghues Despointes

The young filmmaker and non-profit founder who just wants people to follow their dreams

Read More
I feel confident and ready to accomplish so much more, the movement is on

Cynthia Breazeal

How an emotional, empathetic robot named Jibo stands to revolutionize communication

Read More
The thing that's so provocative about social robots is that it's fundamentally a community technology

LaToya Ruby Frazier

Documenting the slow, troubling change in Braddock, Pennsylvania

Read More
I am not a journalist, I am a conceptual documentary artist using my visual expression for building narratives that are unseen and unheard

Sarah Kunst

The entrepreneur single-handedly changing the landscape for women in tech

Read More
People who live on a planet that is half women but can never seem to find any when they need one, I have solved your problem

Melissa Kushner

Addressing the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi through microenterprise

Read More
Poverty is complicated, there is an increasing temptation and pressure in the development space to oversimplify things

Sabine Seymour

A future where smart clothes are as ubiquitous as zippers

Read More
In the future you will not buy a piece of 'functional' clothing without SoftSpot

Vanessa Newman

Redesigning pregnancy for the post-gender generation with Butchbaby & Co.

Read More
I want my customers to feel comfortable and unchanged, in that becoming pregnant didn't take away from or compromise their identity

Kathleen Supové

The NYC performance artist who’s radically reinventing the piano recital

Read More
I like pieces that are virtuosic, that show off the piano and what it can do, and are awe-inspiring

Meredith Perry

How searching the Internet helped a 22-year-old invent wireless electricity

Read More
It’s not about where the information is, it’s about how you use the tools

Eelke Plasmeijer

The locally driven restaurant that’s upending Balinese food culture

Read More
We really try to keep things simple and let the produce do the talking

Douglas Riboud + Justin Guilbert

How a mission to create great coconut water led to a whole new way of doing business

Read More
We’ve made a conscious decision to be as transparent and honest as we can, and let people decide for themselves

Pauline van Dongen

The Dutch designer blazing the wearable technology path

Read More
I’m fascinated by concepts of change, movement, energy and perception; since they are closely related to the way we experience the world

Alex Kalman

The tiny museum in Manhattan that’s redefining museums

Read More
The mission is to put this small simple and powerful tool into the hands of as many people as possible

Jonathan Sparks

Reinventing electronic music by inventing multi-disciplinary instruments

Read More
Recorded music is becoming so cheap, so the value of music is now in live performance

Dan Barasch + James Ramsey

A quest to make the future brighter—underground

Read More
We both share a passion for groundbreaking technology and a shared love of New York
Loading More...