Fontainebleau Miami Beach has launched their own proprietary chocolate recipe, FONTAINEBLEAU SAPPHIRE NOIR™ exclusively available at the iconic Miami Beach resort. it is the only hotel in the U.S. to retail their own, customized chocolate recipe.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s Executive Pastry Chef, Brielle Fratellone traveled to France to partner Cacao Berry‘s lab, to customize the recipe. The resort now offers a unique chocolate bar, signature pralines and petit gateaux sold in the hotel’s signature coffee and patisserie shop Chez Bon Bon, and desserts in the hotel’s signature restaurants including StripSteak by Michael Mina, Scarpetta by Scott Conant and Hakkasan.
Chef Fratellone tasted over 20 cocoa masses and chocolates from different countries around the world in order to formulate the perfect dark chocolate recipe. The ideal blend of acidity, sweetness and bitterness was sought to create the most balanced recipe, and the final recipe incorporates Dominican, Ecuadorian and Mexican cocoa beans with an intense, yet smooth cocoa taste that reveals yellow fruits with woody notes.
The SAPPHIRE NOIR™ name describes the relation between chocolate and jewels, each which must have the perfect environment, temperature and ingredients to produce strong, beautiful crystals. Similar to crystals, chocolate must be worked with in the perfect temperature and environment in order achieve the ideal texture and flavor.
“It’s such an honor to be able to bring this custom recipe back to Fontainebleau,” says Fratellone. I think Sapphire Noir is the perfect Miami chocolate for Chez Bon Bon – its complexity works well with all the different flavor profiles we use such as tropical fruits – the possibilities are endless in terms of what we can do with it. I’m incredibly excited to share this with my team and continue to bring our guests only the finest chocolate creations.”
The following SAPPHIRE NOIR™ experiences are available:
- Chocolate and wine pairing experience at StripSteak by Michael Mina: Guests will have the opportunity to taste three wine varietals from different continents – each paired with Fontainebleau Sapphire Noir. Guests will learn about how each wine complements the dark chocolate. Reservations required. To reserve your seat, call 305-674-4780| $25++ per person | Mondays & Wednesdays beginning March 18, 2019 | 6pm – 7pm
- Fontainebleau Sapphire Noir 3 oz. Dark Chocolate Bar: The complexity of Sapphire Noir in its purest form | $10 each | Chez Bon Bon
- Dark Chocolate Bon Bons: Guests can enjoy Sapphire Noir paired with a variety of different flavors including the Signature Gemstone Collection – a collection of four Sapphire Noir pralines artistically created to look like jewels. The gemstone collection consists of the following flavors: classic Sapphire Noir, mango chili, caramel plantain and smoky mezcal | $2 each
- Fontainebleau Sapphire Noir Petit Gateaux ‘chocolate textures’ : Sapphire Noir chocolate creamy, crunch, cake and mousse with coco nib glaze | $6
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Kimberly Fisher is a Pursuitist contributor. As a freelance writer and on-camera host, Kimberly has traveled the world and has published over 400 articles in over 44 publications including Sherman's Travel, Huffington Post, JustLuxe, Luxury Lifestyles UK, eHow, Examiner, Food Wine Travel Magazine, Luxe Beat, NiteGuide, Ocean View, and USA Today. Disclosure: Kimberly is under contract with Casa Del Sol.