A La Mere de Famille - Favorite Sweets from the Sweet Stores, Part 1
Favorite Sweets from the Sweet Stores of Paris: A box of chocolates from La Mere de Famille
From the "A La Mere de Famille" tiny store on Rue Cler
47 Rue Cler, 75007 Paris, France
+33 1 45 55 29 74
though they have several others throughout Paris
Heard about this store when I asked here on Chowhound about what to buy at Fauchon. Parigi said "A La Mère de Famille is much better."
We came across the store on Rue Cler unexpectedly. I wasn't the least bit craving sweets, but I did remember what Parigi said, and they had an impressive variety. I decided to get a small box and picked chocolates till it reached the weight limit, not really paying too much attention to what I was ordering since the store was crowded with people waiting. Between the box's pretty packaging and having dessert at dinner and sometimes lunch, we didn't even open the box for several days.
I enjoy chocolate but I've never been fanatical about it. Now, I feel like I have tested excellent chocolate. Something to really remember. The A La Mère de Famille chocolates became a negotiating tool during the trip. "if you do this.... you get an extra chocolate..." They made un-packing bearable. Had I more self-control I would have taken a close-up of my favorites after biting half of it. My favorites included the squares of half chocolate something on the bottom, half peanut butter something on top, the caramels, the coffee flavored ones, the chocolate discs with nuts on top, etc.
They were simply extra delicious, extra special chocolates.
Another unforgettable part of this moment - the elderly woman, extremely hunched over, cane grasped in 1 hand, open checkbook in the other walking down Rue Cler. I held the door open for as she walked into the store. She didn't look like she should be navigating the cobblestone streets alone. The workers at the store were courteous and helped her with her purchase.
After she left I asked if she comes in often. They said "all the time".I don't think adult children should let frail parents go unaccompanied like that. Maybe this feeling of anguish is just because of losing my dad after taking care of him for a long time (> 10 yrs)... If I lived in Paris I would make sure she was being taken care of. Old people have the best stories to tell. You just have to ask...
Thank you Parigi for the recommendation.
Other helpful info for trip planners from the other thread:
" Parigi Nov 5, 2013 07:54 AM
The one on rue Faubourg Montmartre is most convenient for tourists as it is 2 doors up from the fabled series of 19th century Passages Couverts.
mangeur Nov 5, 2013 07:55 AM
You can bundle the rue Faubourg Montmartre shop with a cruise of the nearby passages where you have several extraordinary toy shops and a sweet tea room.
I didn't taste the glaceed fruits...
On the "things I'd do differently if I could be psychic" list would have been to get 1-2 duplicate boxes of those chocolates. Then we could be budgeting 1 per day for all of January. I could still be using them as a negotiating tool...
After all, in the bigger picture cost of the entire trip, why be frugal when it comes to chocolate ? :-)