German Gastronomy: Berlin – Series 2, Part III – Chocoholic Society – Rausch Schokoladenhaus, Berlin

And now for something a bit different for our travel series. A foray into the professional sweets section…

Of all the places I visited in my seven days in Berlin last month, which you may recall from last issue included a drag bar, the most memorable and enjoyable for me was the Rausch Schokoladenhaus. A proper job of a chocolaterie shop. And huge – think the grand street corner department stores you see in London, but dedicated entirely to one of my favourite subjects – chocolate.

It is about time that the oft-neglected Chocoholic Society section of this blog had a foreign outing, so I have decided to dedicate this part of our travel series to the Rausch Schokoladenhaus and what can be found there.

Even when I entered, the rich cocoa aroma hit me almost immediately. I was as though I was surrounded by vats of pure chocolate being slowly melted. Enough to make the mouth water in its own right, without then having to look at the merchandise. However, the first things to grab my attention were the sculptures.

While not exactly on the artistic scale of somewhere like Choccywoccydoodah at home in the UK, you will see from the gallery above there is a degree of impressiveness about these sculptures. Unfortunately they are not for sale, but miniature versions of some of them, such as the Brandenburg Gate, are available.

Not for me, mind you. I was more about a little box of chocolates for myself. They have individuals under a glass counter with which you can fill a box in a range of sizes. Here is where you need to be careful as Jon had to advise me. You pay for the box first, but the chocolates are extra! It’s a trap so many have no doubt fallen into – thinking you’re buying the box and the chocolates are covered in the price. Wrongo…

Your best bet, as I did, is to buy a pre-boxed assortment. A box of twelve is sufficient, in my opinion, since the chocolates themselves are quite rich. My particular favourite, out of all that I sampled, were the Blackcurrant Creams, also known as Kir Royale (after the blackcurrant liqueur-champagne cocktail of the same name). They did not last long enough for me to take a photo, I’m afraid, but I know you can also get them at Hotel Chocolat.

So, if you happen to be passing through Charlottenstraße in Berlin, I heartily recommend stepping into the Schokoladenhaus. It’s good for souvenirs too, if you can resist…

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