Founded in 1967 by Belgians Jean-Guy and Marie-Anne Roelandts, Chocolaterie de Puyricard is a manufacturer and purveyor of fine hand-made chocolates based here in Aix-en-Provence. Once a luxury available only to Aixoise locals, the family-owned business has expanded significantly over the years with retail stores across the southern region and north to Paris (they even ship worldwide).
The Chocolaterie de Puyricard factory is very close to where I live, and I jog past it with my dog on most days. I still haven’t decided whether this is a blessing or a curse as I often must restrain myself from veering in for a mid-workout sampling from the charming boutique. Their website lists some fun – and amazingly precise – facts about the time and care that go into making each hand-crafted chocolate: about an hour-and-a-half per kilo, or just over one minute per chocolate. It’s definitely worth the short drive out from Aix to stop in for some treats to fuel the rest of your sightseeing.
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