I've been to Paris. So I know first hand how delectable the treats from authentic patisseries can be. Apparently I've overlooked one located right here in South Jersey!

I literally go all the way to New York City's Laduree and pay close to $40 for a dozen French macarons. They're my FAVORITE. So I can't wait to visit Chocolatrium by Michel Cluizel in West Berlin. From macarons to truffles to bite sized layer cakes, you can take home a taste of Paris. And because it's a chocolate museum and retail store, you can even take a tour of the Chocolatrium and try your hand at making your own desserts.

According to the Chocolatrium website, 'Gourmet Chocolat Michel Cluizel chocolates are handcrafted from bean to bar, made with pure cocoa butter, bourbon vanilla pod and never any soy or artificial flavorings. For three generations, the Cluizel family has evolved amidst fragrances of chocolate. With the help of skilled cacaofeviers®, confectioners and chocolate makers, the family carries on with their tradition, where everything started: in Damville, Normandy.'

Michel Cluizel learned how to make pastries from his parents. The family opened their first store in Paris in 1987.

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