Carrefour Chocolate Aisle

Carrefour Chocolate Aisle

Chaton, in her comment on Carrefour, reminded me that I have been meaning for some time to torture you with the chocolate aisle at Carrefour.� Yes, I am the kind of person who long-term plans torture like that.

The other reason I made you wait to be tortured is that I had not previously thought to whip out my camera in the Carrefour.� I did so last visit.� This prompted quite a bit of hilarity on the part of several employees, including the man selling oysters and the young man in a fake pastry chef hat selling the SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PLETHORA of Lindt and other chocolates that was taking up half the store.� I like to think the pretend pastry chef might even have been flirting, but then Sébastien and child wandered up and he abandoned me so hastily I never got a picture of him in his hat.

I DID, however, get a picture of a little bit of the SPECIAL CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE THIRD OF THIS GIGANTIC STORE.� But these are not those pictures.� You have to anticipate that torture even longer.

THESE pictures are of the regular old everyday half-kilometer aisle of good quality chocolate that people can find in Carrefour.� Lindt, Côte d’Or, etc.–mass produced, but Much, Much, Much better than any of our major chocolate brands over here, I can tell you that.� Even the Carrefour brand is better than the recent surge of pretend-gourmet chocolates US chocolate manufacturers are putting out.

Carrefour is the French equivalent of Wal-Mart, and one of the reasons Wal-Mart can’t get a foothold in that country.� The primary difference between Carrefour and Wal-Mart is that an entire half of it is SERIOUSLY GOOD FOOD.� Sébastien about gets tears of homesickness in his eyes every time we walk through one.� To kind of give you an idea of how different the French Carrefour shopper is from the American Wal-Mart shopper, the Carrefour has a wide selection of beaten copper pots, as well as nice enamel dishes for serving snails.

And THIS.

Although, personally, I think that THIS would go over just fine in the U.S.

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JUST FINE BY ME.

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BTW, the first photo is not just me taking a bad photo as usual–it really does go on and on that way until it blurs into the distance.� The second photo, also sadly blurry, is of the teeniest section of the first photo, approximately half a slice of the bars available between two of the red flags on the first photo.� Flavors of Lindt included:� Thé Earl Grey, Cerise, Citron Vert, several varieties of orange not just the kind we get here.� And on and on.

Speaking of which, I’m not telling people anymore when our Target bothers to get some decent chocolate from Europe.� Now every time I go to get the Frey chocolate bars, they are all gone!!!� I’m going to have to learn to be more secretive.

So what do you think?� Do we need a Carrefour here?� Could it beat out Wal-Mart?� I’ll share more photos later, before you make your final decision.

19 Comments
  • Okay I am ready to shop. Oh my gosh, thanks for sharing. oxoxoxo Clarice

    January 10, 2008 at 5:07 pm
  • oh wow. this is just lovely. what wonderful abundance!

    January 10, 2008 at 8:57 pm
  • One of my New Year’s Resolutions:

    “Eat more chocolate in 2008.”

    I realized I didn’t eat NEARLY enough chocolate last year. This is not a trend I wish to see continue, so I am making a point of doing something about it.

    Gotta go…vending machine downstairs…

    January 11, 2008 at 12:43 pm
  • Interestingly enough, that was one of MY New Year’s Resolutions. I even had a whole fleet of chocolate réligieuses praying for me to make sure there was enough chocolate in my 2008. I don’t think I could quite claim that I didn’t eat enough last year, but, you know, I want to make sure not to let the quantity DECREASE for any reason this year. Can’t ever slack off on that type of thing.

    January 11, 2008 at 7:54 pm
  • Now that I’ve discovered life is better with DAILY chocolate, i’ve found that the chocolate selection (which never nears filling an entire shelf, much less AISLE) in any of my available shopping stops is downright dismal. I’m grateful that you mentioned the whole Frey/Target thing. It took me months to get my hands on some, my DIL gifted me more for Christmas, and I’m still working my way through sampling them all. Good thing too as my favorites so far are NOT the ones I first grabbed off the shelf. Being 100 miles away from the nearest Target, I’ll have to plan ahead as my supply gets low.

    Oh, and apropros of nothing – well, ‘cept chocolate – I stumbled upon a blogger you might like – http://orangette.blogspot.com

    January 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm
  • Wow. Just wow.

    But tell me, why did the in-laws get so excited over a Super Walmart if they have *this* at home?

    January 14, 2008 at 7:54 am
  • OH MY GOODNESS- I almost teared up instantly when I scrolled down and saw the photos!! I love Carrefour!! So, THANK YOU for that! Now, you just have to bring some back for me! Oh, how I miss it! And, yes- it WOULD go over so much better than Wal-Mart here… the snooty folks in our area would gobble it up- they won’t touch a Wal-Mart! Plus they go straight for the international sections in the local groceries. My family had a Belgian restaurant here in Virginia, and we could get a 4 kilo bar of Cote D’or chocolat from our importers and distributors… for the Americans… that is about TEN POUNDS in a huge bar of bittersweet chocolate. I had to use an ice pick and a hammer to make my chocolate mousse! We also got the “petit souris” from Cote D’or- we called them that, but I forget their real name. They were the little gold and red wrapped chocolates in the shape of small elephants filled with real hazelnut butter cream… drooooool!!! I think they called them truffles, but not sure. We also got spekulous (my spelling is atrocious!), the little gingerbread type cookies with the slivered almond on top, to serve with our coffees. I think people ordered the Cafe Viennois (Hot chocolate made with coffee instead of water or milk, topped with homemade whipped cream and drizzled with real Belgian chocolate!) just to get the cookies! We sold that restaurant about 5 years ago, but I miss the special orders of chocolate we could get and the plethora of French and international people I got to fraternize with on a daily basis! Sorry for rambling, but THANK YOU again for the photos. You HAVE to post photos of the seafood section- it blew my in-laws away!! Who knew you could have a river-side type market right INSIDE the store?? I love it!! Hope to see more soon!
    Chaton

    January 14, 2008 at 1:42 pm
  • Thanks, Laume, for the link! I do know that blog–wonderful!

    Chaton, I am jealous of your restaurant supplies. Very jealous!

    Jayne, I can never quite properly grasp my in-laws’ attitude to Super Wal-Mart. Maybe it was the cereal aisle. Sébastien was always in awe of our cereal aisles before he got used to them.

    January 14, 2008 at 2:41 pm
  • That sound? That was me hitting the floor. My hormones are so out of wack, my brain can’t even process the thought of that much sugar at once. Excuse me while I go look for cookies. . . not even close to a substitute for good chocolate right now, but it will have to do.

    January 15, 2008 at 2:05 pm
  • You are nothing short of a beast. A cruel, inconsiderate, heartless beast. How on earth can you show these pictures knowing full well that there is no way, absolutely no way that I will ever get hold of any of those chocolates unless I jump on two planes and spend no less than 10 hours in the air just to get anywhere close to them?

    And then! And THEN!!!!! You dare to torture me by telling me that THESE are the regular old ordinary every day chocolates? And are you really bold enough to suggest that there are people out there in this world enjoying far superior tastier chocolates than these AND that in just this ONE ridiculously gigantic store alone ONE-THIRD of it contained these superior SPECIAL chocolates???

    And you really mean to tell me that you actually left the chocolates in the store and departed with ONLY a picture of these said SPECIAL, superior chocolates????? My dear…whatever on earth were you thinking?

    Snicker…and you wonder whether or not you had enough chocolates last year and whether you will have enough chocolate THIS year? Snicker…snicker…snort. Oh dear, dear Laura, you break my heart.

    😀

    January 16, 2008 at 7:58 pm
  • Now, Ann, I TOLD you to fill your suitcase with chocolate last time you left Jamaica. You had to go and practice restraint…

    The fear of not having a enough chocolate at some point is a SERIOUS CONCERN, I’ll have you know. Very serious. I wouldn’t go so far as phobic, but perhaps close.

    January 17, 2008 at 2:53 pm
  • hmmm…yes. Yes you did tell me didn’t you. Naturally I didn’t take that advice seriously enough. I thought I had brought back more than enough. Then after about a week or so I realised that I had woefully overestimated my restraint around chocolate. 🙁

    January 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm
  • I don’t know how to break this to you Laura.I’m still in shock and denial myself. There must be some sinister reason behind the findings of this study.

    “New research suggests that regular consumption of chocolate may weaken bone density and strength, which in turn could increase the risk of health problems such as osteoporosis and fracture.” – http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/news/ng.asp?n=82549-osteoporosis-flavonols

    😮 🙁

    January 18, 2008 at 7:28 pm
  • That is just evil, Ann. I’m sure they did something wrong. But I’ll drink lots of extra milk, just in case. 🙂

    January 18, 2008 at 9:49 pm
  • The lindt piment dark chocolate is my FAVORITE, eaten like candy. Carrefour is the only place I have found it. I haven’t tried the thé earl grey but that sounds nice.

    Which is your favorite flavor?

    February 5, 2008 at 2:15 pm
  • Hmm. My favorite. That is a tricky one. The thé earl grey was interesting, but I probably wouldn’t get it again. Other than that, I like to change it up and eat different ones all the time. There are some I definitely dislike, though, like the citron vert–just don’t like lemon or lime and chocolate.

    February 5, 2008 at 7:30 pm
  • we have a restaurant in LA and we usually got our restaurant supplies from a quality retailer `.’

    November 18, 2010 at 4:57 am
  • DEea
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    Oh la la! Le Carrefour es JOLI!

    November 25, 2010 at 7:41 am
  • It is truely good post, but I do not see everything completely clear, especially for someone not involved in that topic. Anyway very interesting to me.

    December 17, 2010 at 9:19 am

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