Michelle Haut Chocolat Opens in The OC Mix
Craft chocolates that will make you feel like a celebrity
A little bit of Hollywood glitz has made it to Orange County, with the opening of Michelle Haut Chocolate in The OC Mix at SOCO. Fancy chocolates are one of the things that you might receive in a red carpet party swag bag, while you are lapping up the paparazzi’s flash. You don’t have to be a guest of Oprah’s garden party to enjoy the craft chocolates produced by Michelle Haut Chocolates. The new OC Mix retail shop will provide easy access, making it easy for you to treat yourself like a celebrity. Their chocolates are made and packaged by hand, using premium ingredients. Chocolate varieties include truffles, handmade caramels, and M Bars.
About Michelle Haut Chocolates
Michelle Haut Chocolat uses their own custom chocolate blend that uses 73% bittersweet chocolate from Belgium. According to Michelle Pontius, owner and Master Chocolatier , “We only use the freshest and purest ingredients from around the world. There are no artificial ingredients, additives, or preservatives. To me, high-end ingredients is the key to making successful craft chocolates.”
Michelle Pontius is a Master Chocolatier who attended the the International Culinary School Art Institute. Her commercial kitchen and tasting room started in Laguna Beach. She made the next big jump by opening their newest shop in the OC Mix at the SOCO Collection. This is a great location for this chocolatier, as the variety of food shops offers itself to pairing opportunities such a Tea (7th Tea Bar), Coffee (Portola), Wine (We Olive and Wine Bar), Cheese (The Cheese Shop).
Some of my favorite flavors include:
The Rose Petal M Bar has a complex flavor profile. The rose petal topping is made by rolling rose petals into sea salt, crystallizing it. The rose petals add an aromatic nose to the chocolate.
The salt from the rose curing process absorbs the oils from the rose petals, infusing it into the salt. The Rose Salt M Bar is a nice play on the salted chocolate trend.
The Espresso Bean Chocolate is made with Ethiopian heirloom beans from the folks at Portola coffee lab. This chocolate are perhaps my favorite because they blend chocolate and premium coffee. I enjoyed these with a cup of Americano from Portola. Perfect compliment.
The Glace’ Fruit is made with candied oranges and dipped in chocolate. They are divine and I could have eaten these all day long. I normally don’t like the combination of chocolate and fruit, but these were a nice exception.
The truffles have complex flavor layers as you chew; they each have their own unique characteristics. The Tahitian Vanilla Bean truffle is made with steeped vanilla pods and infused into the white chocolate. The Balsalmic Truffle is made with balsamic from We Olive adds a slight acidic finish and flavor to the bittersweet chocolate.
My other favorite Michelle Haut Chocolat flavors include;
- Toasted Coconut & Black Lava Sea Salt – Coconut is toasted and combined with lava sea salt from Hawaii.
- Exotic Chile Cardamom – Flavors of hot chile with aromatic cardamon
- French Lavender – French lavender buds creates a smooth finish and lasting aromatics on the palate.
Location: The OC Mix 3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 ( at the SOCO Collection)
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