Chocolatier Blue remains my favorite Bay Area chocolate shop. I love the beautiful, delicate chocolates with the sublime creamy centers.
The current seasonal flavors are sage honey, macadamia, ruby red grapefruit, pear fleur de sel, kiwi and rhubarb (sous vide).
Lately there is one seasonal unofficial chocolate that doesn't appear on the chocolate guide card because they are less common flavors and if they don't sell well they can be dropped. Last season it was the wonderful corn.
This season it is candy cap mushroom ... it works ... beautifully ... who knew mushrooms and chocolate would be a good combo?
When I first bought the seasonal chocolates, because I didn't see it listed I had no clue what it was. I thought it was a deep, intense chocolate with layers of flavor.
I went back to find out what it was and ordered a second, if you know to look for mushroom, there's a fleeting light mushroom taste, more like a hint of dried mushroom, It is pleasant combined with the chocolate. IMO, it deepens the chocolate flavor and adds complexity.
My second favorite flavor was the red grapefruit. Chcolatier Blue always brings out the best in citrus and that includes the orange juice sorbet.
The apple ice cream is so good and nicely paired with the caramel. There's a nice shortbread cookie on top.
Other ice cream flavors are roasted banana, mango (terrific), the wonderful concord grape, last of the season peach, and a few others I'm blanking on. The consistancy is still very soft.
The pastries have changed and simplified. The fancy stuff sadly wasn't selling so there are lemon and chocolate tarts, croissants, cookies and brownies. The brownie is classic. It is chewy, cakey, fudgy, but not too much of any of those ... very nice balance.
My own opinion is that the fancy desserts were premature. The shop was new and orginally there was no coffee and the desserts were different from the usual. I hope over time as more and more people find the shop, one or two of those exquisite desserts makes it back into the baked good selection.
1964 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94701
Chocolatier Blue Patisserie
1809 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710