Tucked away behind Woodstock’s village inexperienced is a candy little spot that needs to be on everybody’s checklist for Valentine’s Day—or actually, any time of 12 months. Owned and operated by two Michelin star restaurant-trained cooks, EJ Bonbons & Confections makes a speciality of exquisitely crafted treats that replicate a dedication to the artwork and craft of gourmand chocolate and confectionery. With every thing from chocolate bonbons to ice cream made in-house, a cease into the store will get anybody into the gift-giving temper—whether or not it’s just a bit deal with for your self or your dearest love.
Opened in 2021, EJ Bonbons & Confections is owned by chef and Woodstock native Emily Kellogg and her husband, chef Pierre Pouplard. After Per Se, the three-Michelin-starred restaurant the place each cooks met and labored, shut down originally of the pandemic the 2 determined to maneuver upstate to Woodstock and begin their very own enterprise specializing in bonbons, which Kellogg had perfected in her years as a pastry chef.
The star of the store’s glass show case is the rows upon rows of delicate, hand-painted chocolate bonbons, which can be found in dozens of flavors—two of which, salted caramel and hazelnut, simply took residence awards from the Academy of Chocolate this 12 months. There are additionally wrapped tender caramels in flavors corresponding to easy sea salt and tangy ardour fruit; chocolate-covered almonds and hazelnuts; a conventional French fruit paste generally known as pâte de fruit, and chocolate bars studded with candied nuts and dried cherries.
Additionally they supply house-made scorching chocolate, and this summer season they rolled out their very own chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla ice cream and sorbet made with their very own mango and passionfruit purées by the half-pint and pint, in addition to darkish chocolate-dipped ice cream bars and sorbet bars.
For chocolate’s greatest vacation, Valentine’s Day, they’ve been onerous at work crafting new bonbon flavors, together with berries and cream, cassis champagne, blended berry, lychee rose, and honey lavender utilizing honey from Kellogg’s mother’s beehives. A number of of the flavors might be out there in a nine-piece field of heart-shaped bonbons in addition to single three-inch hearts.
Most of EJ Bonbons & Confections’ merchandise are additionally out there for delivery on-line, so you’ll be able to ship a joyously indulgent “I really like you” direct from the Catskill Mountains any time of 12 months.