Visiting La Maison du Chocolat and the Odeon Ice Cream Cart

Caracas Frappe and a tablet of chocolate
Caracas Frappe

Most of you who know me by now, I’m a huge sucker for desserts, especially anything chocolate-related. I dropped into La Maison du Chocolat during one of those dog days of summer on my lunch break and ordered the Caracas frappe.

Close up of whipped cream Mmmm…cream and chocolate shavings

As you can tell, this (large) baby just screams decadence. What makes this frappe so delicious is their rich, dark chocolate Caracas ice cream, then gild the lily topping it with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Then to add on more chocolate into your system, they add a tablet of chocolate on the side. ZOMG…I thought I was about to have a major sugar rush and my stomach’s screaming “No more…!”

Macarons and a glass of water
Small macarons with a glass of water

But I can’t help the fact that I wholeheartedly love their macarons (it’s the closest to Pierre Herme), I had to get a few. The flavors available that day were raspberry, coffee, and caramel. All were spot-on with the textures – a thin, crackly exterior with a slightly chewy, moist crumb. My personal favorite in terms of flavor was the caramel due to the nice salty punch with the burnt sugar flavor.

After consuming all of that, I decided to walk around Midtown before I went back to my office.

Strawberries 'n Cream Ice Cream
Strawberries ‘n Cream Ice Cream

A few days later (on the same week), I went downtown to Odeon, specifically trying out their ice cream from their ice cream cart and ordered a cup of strawberries n’ cream. To keep this succinct, I was really disappointed. I kicked myself wondering why I trekked all they down from the Upper East Side for something this bad. It’s icy and I didn’t really taste that much strawberry despite seeing a ton of flecks in that scoop.

La Maison du Chocolat

30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

Odeon Ice Cream Cart
145 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013


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  1. thewanderingeater says:

    Mitzy: The other “flavor” of the frappe would be their Guayquil, which is basically their signature chocolate flavor/blend that’s not as potent as the one I had.

  2. abangsimpson says:

    you love those Pierre Herme macarons huh? lol.. I myself personally like Laduree’s macarons better. Can’t wait to go back to Paris this july!

  3. abangsimpson says:

    i wish i live in New York and i can eat those wonderful foods you posted here and perhaps (if i got the chance) join you on the “restaurant week” dinner! lol! but then again, i’m a student and when i wanna go there, i have to rely on my parents (and their cold, hard cash!)! LOL!

    all the best!

  4. Rich_aka_Wig says:

    I stopped off at La Maison du Chocolat yesterday, albeit for their ice cream and macaroons. Wonderful stuff and perhaps the politest shop staff I have come across.

  5. thewanderingeater says:

    Rich: I concur! Since it’s so hot and humid today, I’m tempted to stop in…

    Jeena: Um…thanks, I guess?

  6. Robyn says:

    Bad ice cream sounds so saaad! Why bother? :( The ice cream from Duane Park Cafe close to Odeon is SOOO GOOD. Not sure if it’s worth trekking down there, but you won’t be disappointed.

  7. Cindy says:

    I might go visit New York this October,
    I know it might be cold at that time of the year,
    But I’ll definitely stop by La Maison du Chocolat and give that Frappe a try!

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