Kee’s Chocolates – NY

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After studying Patisserie and specializing in chocolates during the years I lived in Miami, we returned to the North, at Greenwich CT. Knowing that the streets of Manhattan NY would be 40 minutes away from home, the city that was already passion in my heart, came to be seen from another angle. I was determined to know the best chocolates I could find around here. And among so many experiences, I discovered Kee’s store in Soho. Located at 80 Thompson Street, the store is away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets and does not attract attention by the facade. Small and discreet, it consists of two doors: the first gives access to the store, a space where attention is turned entirely to the chocolate display, and the second, glass and locked, is a showcase for the kitchen in which these gems are made.
Upon entering the store, I was attended by Kee, who is directly responsible for the daily production of ganaches (fillings). The little pralines (that’s what we call the chocolates here) are made with unusual ingredients like balsamic, saffron, cardamom, yuzu, sesame seeds, black tea, jasmine … and made every day, without exception.
I leave with two boxes of 8 units each. The choice was difficult: key-lime (a very small and very fragrant lemon, found in abundance in the south of the country), blood-orange (a typical orange here, with reddish pulp and easily found in winter), mango with green tea , black tea, white chocolate with cognac, passion fruit, cappuccino, toasted almonds, pistachio, jasmine, cherry cordial (that’s the name for the cherry wrapped in chocolate), coconut, crème brulée, kaffir lime (a Thai lemon peel very thick and very fragrant), lemon balm with mint and sesame seed with chilli pepper.
kees2 Besides she uses excellent chocolate quality, the chocolate layer that surrounds the ganaches that fill the pralines is very thin, so when biting, there is an explosion of flavor in the mouth, that is, the chocolate that should compose the flavor but not exceed it, fulfills perfectly your role. From the beginning to the end of the bite you can feel all the notes of the choice.
Among my favorites were the crème brulée – because it is so creamy and delicate that it surprises… the toasted almonds with white chocolate – perfect combination of the sweet taste of white with the crunchy texture of the almonds…, and the dark chocolate with green tea and mango – perfect balance between the perfume and the acidity of the mango with the slight bitterness of the tea.
What makes Kee’s chocolates so special is the use of fresh, seasonal ingredients in a very light yet striking way. She also does not use any kind of preservative in her ganaches, which attests to the unquestionable quality of the flavor. For this reason, your chocolates are stored in an air-conditioned display and have an expiration date of only one week, with the exception of the crème brulée, which is two days. If you are completely in love with chocolates and are going to visit New York, don’t hesitate to stop by Kee’s Chocolate and try a product like no other. Totally unmissable.
kees1 Important tip: be sure to visit the store at the end of the day, as it usually only makes a batch of chocolates in the morning and throughout the day they run out.
I also don’t recommend walking around the city with the chocolates in the bag on a summer day. This exposure to high temperatures alters texture and taste; and the experience will certainly not be the same.
kees3 For more information, visit the website www.keeschocolates.com
It has two stores, one in Soho and the other in Midtown (this one is located inside the HSBC Bank, at 41st street and 5th Avenue).
Adresses:
Kee’s Chocolates Soho
80 Thompson Street
New York, NY 10012
Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Kee’s Chocolates Midtown
452 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm.

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