Now I know how Charlie felt when he won the golden ticket because that is EXACTLY how I felt when I stepped off the elevator onto the 2nd floor at the Langham Hotel and entered the Chocolate Bar at Café Fleuri. No, the elevator wasn’t made of glass but the room is how I imagined “The Chocolate Room” from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The only things missing were the chocolate river and the Oompa Loompas. However, the Langham makes up for the voids because in place of the pink Viking sugar boat they have the pink Langham Taxi and in place of the Oompa Loompas, Café Fleuri has the best service team. They even have a live DJ! This is a 23 year tradition that started as a 72” round table of sweet goodies and turned into a chocolate wonderland.
|Langham Hotel & Langham Taxi|
The 2012 Chocolate Bar theme is varying degrees of cocoa intensity and was created from the brilliant mind of pastry chef, Jed Hackney. I like to think of Mr. Hackney as Mr. Wonka! With over 100 selections on the floor there is order to what the untrained eye might think is madness. Going around the floor are five stations:
- Ice Cream Station
- Cotton Candy Station
- Chocolate Fondue Station
- Cupcake & Candy
- Crêpes Station
|Cafe Fleuri's Chocolate Bar|
Café Fleuri’s Chocolate Bar is for both the young and the young at heart. There is truly something for everyone. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I will be brief. Indulge and enjoy while I take you on our whimsical journey through this chocolate nirvana.
ICE CREAM STATION
Someone is always standing by ready to create your ice cream fantasy at the ice cream station. Look at all the yummy toppings!
|Ice Cream Stations with toppings|
COTTON CANDY STATION
Call it what you want—Cotton Candy, Candy Floss or Fairy Floss—it is delicious and they have quite the spread!
|Cotton Candy Collage|
CHOCOLATE FONDUE STATION
Melted chocolate with your choice of marshmallows, strawberries, pineapples and pretzels just to name a few! Do I really need to say more?
|Chocolate Fondue Station|
CUPCAKE & CANDY STATION
Come and design your own cupcake just the way YOU want it.
|Cupcake Station with the fixings|
"White Chocolate, strawberries with Grand Marnier is how I like my crêpes sir, thank you for asking!"
For the adults who are still kids at heart, you should try one of these chocolaty libations:
- Chocolate Decadence Martini
- Chocolate Kiss Martini
- Cupcake Martini
|Top Left: Chocolate Kiss & Bottom Left: Chocolate Decadence|
If you are not interested in an adult beverage then be sure to visit the hot chocolate section where you can try different types of hot chocolate, tea or spiced apple cider.
VARYING DEGREES OF COCOA INTENSITY
The higher the cocoa content—or percentage—the more intense the chocolate. The Chocolate Bar covers the entire spectrum. As I said before, there really is something for everyone at the Chocolate Bar! If you don’t like chocolate you can order food from the café menu. If you are on a diet, they have sugar free options. If you are allergic to nuts, they have nut free choices. If you only like dark chocolate or white chocolate, they have that for you as well. Whatever you want I am sure they have it. Some of our favorites include:
- Bourbon & Peanut Crunch Cake (74% Apamate)
- Guanaja Mousse Dome (70% Guanaja)
- Dense Chocolate Cake with Raspberry (55% Abinao)
- Milk Chocolate Cremeux Crunch (34% Caramelia)
- Sticky Toffee Pudding
- Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding (SPECIAL NOTE: NOLA Girl said this lived up to her New Orleans standards!)
|Cocoa Varying Intensities|
Regardless of what you prefer, the only thing you have to be concerned about is going into a chocolacoma like NOLA and I did.
If you are in Boston you MUST stop by the Langham’s Café Fleuri on a Saturday to experience what I like to call my personal Chocolate Shangri-la!
|Gourmand Girls and the Chocolate Factory|
Gourmand Girl’s Conclusion: 5 VIPs
The Chocolate Bar at Café Fleuri gets our highest rating of 5 VIPs.