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Bienvenue a Santa Barbara! A Glorious Gift Basket!

Bienvenue a Santa Barbara! A Glorious Gift Basket!
By Jean-Michel Carre on Oct 26, 2018 in in In The News , Events

“Welcome!” Jill Marie says as I sit down at the mahogany tables at the back of the Santa Barbara shop.
“Make yourself at home!” I feel especially welcome because I am looking at the beautiful new


Avocado Truffles! A Visit with Chocolatier Jean-Michel Carré

By Jean-Michel Carre on Sep 26, 2018 in in In The News , Events

If you are like me, you saw Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as a child and dreamed of one day being given that golden ticket to witness the magic of chocolate making. Well, today is the day. I’ve been given the golden ticket. Jean-Michel has welcomed me to his shop in Carpinteria to witness the making of his sublime chocolates.



I love love love these gourmet chocolates. I'm not a big fan of dark chocolate, only milk chocolate, but these gourmet chocolatiers have me hooked on EVERYTHING!! My favorites are the Buddha shaped chocolate and the La Arcada caramel turtle. I have to get one of each every time I go by. Recently, I was trying to use up some deals on my Axxess card so I popped in to get 25% off my purchase. With a deal like that I couldn't only buy two little chocolates. So I bought a few extra fun pieces and also discovered their hot chocolate lollipops!! The next day at work I made myself a fancy cup of morning hot cocoa and not only was it fun, it was also DELICIOUS!! I loved that the chocolate melted all the way down and didn't leave any on the stick. Don't want fine chocolate to go to waste!! Next time I pop in, I'll be sure to purchase one of each flavor... or more!
Abbey F.
Santa Barbara, CA