Monday, January 29, 2007

Ode To Caramel...

La Maison du Chocolat's caramelsLa Maison du Chocolat's Caramels, 9" x 11 1/2"
Caramels in France are tres belle
For me, they are an easy sell.

A La Reine Astrid's caramels on rue de Cherch-Midi Though I can resist, it's hard to qwell,
The urge to merge with a car-a-mel.

Jean-Paul Hevin's caramels on a silver platter On caramels I can endlessly dwell.
And C-A-R-A-M-E-L is not hard to spell.

Caramels au beurre from Reims Cara means dear (in Italian)
And mel:melt, melting, mellow,melifluous...

La Mere de la Famille's caramels Life without caramels...

Caramel macaron beurre sale-with salted butter at the Salon du Chocolat

Would be Hell-ow!

French Master caramel-maker, Henri Le Roux at the Salon. His salted caramel sauce is the BEST there is! Guest blogger today, Ms. Anonymouse, made a request - to write a poem on her favorite sweet, French caramels.

I could not say no...


  1. dear anon- e -mouse...

    great poem!

    what a poet you are. ;o)

    ( oops one of those smilies!)

  2. the best bit is they stick in your teeth so you can eat them for hours afterwards. Love the painting!

  3. Thank you, Anonymouse, for requesting these sweet word temptations!
    Carol, I keep wondering, how many pictures an hour you must have shot during your weeks in Paris. ;-))))

  4. Marie-Noëlle5:41 AM

    And to complete your ode to caramel
    will you take "une vielle"
    or "un violoncelle"?
    (a hurdy-gurdy? or a violoncello?)

    Les deux, ma gente demoiselle!
    Pas de querelle
    chez le caramel !

  5. Anonymous7:06 AM

    Marie-Noëlle's name rhymes with car-a-mel!
    At French poems, she does excell.
    I wish I knew of what she tells.
    My Francais has lapsed, after a spell...

  6. BEAUTIFUL watercolor, Carol -- and scrumptious eye-candy!

  7. Chanteuse7:49 AM

    Thanks Carol, Anonymous and Marie Noelle for a delightful, early start to my Monday morning. Sadly, my Sunday was difficult and challenging to say the least, so I hope fervently for a much better Monday. This delightful ode to caramels complete with marvelous photographs bodes well for the rest of my day.

    Carol, two questions. One, is that a silver "tin" on the silver tray in the second photograph and two, what type of shop is that in the last photograph? I couldn't help but notice the lovely white chocolatieres on the shelves.

    Again, thank you, ladies for a delightful post.

  8. Chanteuse8:00 AM

    I answered one of my questions regarding the shop in the last photograph by clicking on the link underneath the last photograph.


  9. I love looking at your blog every morning, but have never told you how much I love it! Do you ask permission of the shopowners before shooting all of the photos of their merchandise? I'm always afraid of the response and therefore rarely photograph inside.

  10. Chanteuse
    if you run your mouse over the photo, you'll get a clue. Unless you have a MAC :(
    That's Henri Le Roux, master caramel maker at the Paris Salon du Chocolat - His shop is in Brittany. The porcelaine chocolatiers are borrowed I think from another exhibiter, Chantal.. I wrote about her on PB..

  11. Anonymous10:35 AM

    This Blog never cease's to bring a smile. ;-)Thank you Anonymouse & thank you Carol.

    Shirley, Check back a few blogs.. Carol answered that question about asking permission in the comments. That's a good question too.

  12. Sticky Chewey Scrumptiousness...!

  13. Dear Anonymouse,
    A site you might use
    To to help with your foggy translations:

    I was wondering too if you'd
    guest blog for me,
    and let me plan some Paris vacations?

  14. loveitaly11:49 AM

    Here's to Carol,
    whose dear predilection
    for sweets and all those confections:
    her macarons and the,
    and cafe au lait,
    aaaaah, she's won our dearest affections.

  15. Woman, everytime I read your damn blog I gain 5 lbs!! LOL keep up the good work!


  16. Wow, it seems this post has inspired dozens of poets :]...
    thanks for the Caramelian Rhapsodies, it was a pleasure.

  17. Anonymous2:03 PM

    Dozens of poets.
    Wouldn't you know it!
    Once I was outrageous.
    Now I'm contageous.
    Dozens of poets..
    Is this advantageous?

  18. They look more like chocolates to me...

  19. What a great painting the photo of the French Candy Man would make! Cute Poem.

  20. Chanteuse5:16 PM

    Michelle Smith said...
    "What a great painting the photo of the French Candy Man would make! Cute Poem."

    Michelle, I must say that I agree that a painting of the "French Candy Man" would be great. For some reason I can't explain I am absolutely intrigued by the photograph of Monsieur LeRoux. I revisited the blog this afternoon just to take another look at this photograph. It and he are so classically French to me. I love it.

    And I have to say that this post is making my mouth water for caramels, not to mention the combined tastes of chocolat et caramel. Yum.

  21. mmm, caramel, love your poem and your photos, beautiful!

  22. So you are a poet too Carol! I am drooling over the macarons with caramel beurre salé!

  23. oh yumm! I love caramel more than chocolate:)

  24. I lost a tooth eating a carmel. But that hasn't stopped me from eating them again! Lovely painting!

  25. i love caramels more than chocolate too.


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