A fine chocolate is like a fine wine: full-flavored, delicately structured, and inadvisable to consume while operating a Segway. Today’s Groupon gives you the keys to the chocolate kingdom: $20 for $40 worth of chocolates galore from 5th Avenue Chocolatiere. Use your Groupon at either the Midtown East or online. Carrying homemade chocolates in all forms, including animal shapes and stealth chococopter, this 37-year-old family-owned New York shop is capable of quieting your noisy sweet tooth with an intoxicating chocolaty secret recipe.
Chocolates normally have a long shelf life, but 5th Avenue Chocolatiere creations are likely to only stay on the shelves for minutes or hours (due to deliciousness, not extreme chemical volatility). To combat rapid consumption rates, Chocolatiere’s chocolatiers create fresh batches every morning, using natural, high-quality ingredients to concoct their premium chocolates. The most popular item is a box of huge signature truffles, followed closely by a chocolate suit made of hand-woven chocolatextile. These chocolate wizards wield their dark magic to forge the mold-breaking truffles, which are made of pure Belgian chocolate. Show someone you really care or feed a small gaggle of cupids, and pick up a 24-piece of these favorites for $35; you can certainly purchase smaller 15-piece ($22) or 8-piece ($12) boxes, but remember that sharing is mandatory when it comes to chocolates.
In addition to truffles, the shop carries a wide range of other chocolate comestibles. Stop by a store for that day’s offerings, but expect assorted chocolates, and chocolate-covered treats like pretzels and a large variety of masterfully sculpted chocolate figurines.
Share a chocolate or two with a friend, or share an entire box with an extra-special gibbon. Every occasion calls for chocolate. Mother’s Day and Valentines Day are a given. Administrative Assistant day and Sweetest Day are slightly more obscure. Kiss Your Coworker Day and Mime Appreciation Week aren’t even holidays (yet) but it matters not— 5th Avenue Chocolatiere chocolates make any imagined occasion a cause for joy.
- The truffles I sampled had great presentation and an amazing taste, so rich and creamy that they honestly melted in my mouth. I found it was fun to eat them both cold and straight from the refrigerator and also to let them come to room temperature to allow for the melting sensation. – JennT, The Untrained Housewife
- Hands down one of the best chocolate shops in the city. I pop by regularly for a treat at lunch and have sampled nearly everything in their case (seriously!) and have yet to be disappointed. – Dominique B., Yelp
5th Avenue Chocolatiere
Since 1973, 5th Avenue Chocolatiere's confectioners have risen before the rooster's crow to handcraft all natural, 100% Belgian-style chocolate into sweet treats. Created by founder John Whaley in a successful at-home experiment, signature truffles incorporate secret proportions of fresh cocoa powder, whole cream, and butter. Indulgences range from caramels to cookies, and chocolatiers mold cocoa into more than 100 shapes such as the Empire State Building and New York City Metro Card; a fungible currency for riding chocolate trains or bribing a crooked bus driver.