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Oct 10, 2011 09:37 AM

Best caramels in Paris?

Need to bring back some great caramels for a special new mom's gift. I'll definitely stop by Jacques Genin, but any other recommendations for ones that might be slightly more affordable so I can bring back more than a handful? Close to the Marais a plus but totally willing to hit anyplace in central Paris.

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  1. The extra cash spent of Genin's caramels are worth it -- I have never eaten anything comparable.

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    1. re: Nancy S.

      Second Jacques Genin though I miss the days when we would get a kilo for 60 Euros.

    2. JG caramels are indeed worth the extra expense. Better than Henri Le Roux caramels that you can get by mail order in the US anyway - so a trip to Pris is not essential for those.

      However, you may want to take a trip to the candy shop L'Etoile d'Or in the 9th. Interesting selection of candies from all over France

      1. Denise Acabo at L'Etoile d'Or is indeed worth the trip but as l am sucking a mango caramel from Genin now, IMVHO there is no better piece of candy in the world.

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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          Just to add, L'Etoile d'Or does sell JG caramels..... but there is no substitution for the rest and relaxation of the tea salon at JG.

          You can't go wrong with any of the pastries at JG (where there is no such thing as overordering), but just in case you want a rec, the lemon basil tart will surprise you.

          1. re: Steve

            Had a taste from Jacques Genin himself of the cream in the lemon tart, and still wonder what the brilliant lemon flavor was from. Almost like a lemon curd with an extra dose of something lemon that knocks your socks off.

            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              Yes, but still it's not acrid like all the pedestrian tarts out there. At face value, it doesn't seem possible, and yet.....

              1. re: Steve

                I've been reading loads about his mille-feuille, but that only has me curious. Something lemony, though, will have me running over there!

                1. re: PegS

                  St Honore was the patron saint of bakers, and the pastry 'St Honore' is like a greatest hits of classic French pastrymaking, incorporating several techniques of standards like a millefeuille, all in one pastry.

                  My suggestion: One of everything!

            2. re: Steve

              be careful about the over-ordering: I can't remember how many pastries my party of 4 ordered, but it was about 130 euros worth. I only had 1 heavenly bite of each and it almost cured me of pastries for life.

              1. re: kerosundae

                Wow, that really is a lot of pastry . I didn't mean THAT much, but don't cheat yourself. If four people order a fifth pastry, it's worth the expense in case you're curious.

                1. re: Steve

                  yea, there was:
                  millefeuilles caramel
                  millefeuilles raspberry
                  little choux assortment
                  eclair coffee
                  eclair caramel
                  lime pie
                  lime basil pie
                  raspberry pie
                  flan x2
                  apple pie
                  ephemere passion
                  ephemere chocolat
                  hot chocolate x2
                  might have forgotten some.
                  the DH ate for the 2 of us. We really had NOTHING left over. but I strongly suggest that you try to convince your friends to return another day if they really want to try EVERYTHING.

            3. re: Delucacheesemonger

              For me there is a better piece of candy: the passion fruit one. =)

              1. re: kerosundae

                They are the same one, has mango and passion fruit in it.

            4. Okay, I throw up my hands in surrender! ;-) I guess Genin it must be.

              1. Let me tell you, Peg.... just one or two of Genin's caramels is a better gift than a whole sack from another shop. They are just unbelievably delicious.