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Sylvia E wrote a review Oct 2019
London, Ontario, Canada13 contributions8 helpful votes
I haven't tasted the small box of chocolates yet, so no opinion on the quality of the product. However, the staff left my mother quite offended with their poor quality of service. My mother wanted to buy just one or two truffle chocolates, and when she asked a lady how much they were, the lady just huffed, in French "that depends...and something confusing about buying 10 or more" My mom did not quite understand, but the lady offered no further assistance, turning away from us and then proceeding to wrap up some packaging she was doing. My mom never bought anything at all and wanted to leave the store.…
Date of experience: September 2019
pragya g wrote a review Sep 2017
Front Royal, Virginia149 contributions18 helpful votes
Expected this to be top quality chocolate and got a few different things. Generally, found the quality to be disappointing. There are better chocolate shops at the same price range!
Date of experience: September 2017
Nelda68 wrote a review Aug 2017
Genève76 contributions102 helpful votes
Blondel reminds me of a bygone era. The tiny boutique (customers have to stand in line as there is just not enough room for going back and forth) is still adorned as it was 50 years ago (or so I assume since nothing seems new). Their dark chocolate and pralinés are very good (a lot better than Belgian chocolate but still a bit too sweet). Their dark 70% chocolate is very nice (sold as 'broken' pieces, as it is now fashionable in Europe). You can also find other delicious chocolatiers in the Lausanne - Geneva area (Tristan in Bougy Villars; Boillat in Lausanne/Morges; La chocolaterie du Rhône in Geneva, etc.). What I would like to underline is the 'shopping experience' at Blondel. One has to have at least 30 min available to shop there, as there usually is a line of 3-4 people / tourists buying more than 1 item. However, the queue is mainly due to the 'chichi' (French expression) of the salespeople. They'll ask you if you buy for yourself or a present. For a present they'll carefully and slowly wrap the box (while it could already be gifted as it is), cut the ribbon, etc. If you have seen the funny British movie 'Love Actually', the way Blondel employees wrap their boxes will definitely remind you of Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr Bean) role as a salesperson annoying Alan Rickman as he was sooooooo slowly wrapping a gift. Argh! If you buy for yourself they are still going to slowly fold the chocolate bag, put a ribbon on it and make a nice bow, all also very Rowan Atkinson like. So if you have to go back to work, you ll definitely fume while waiting! But for tourists who don't mind waiting, the shopping experience might be worth it.…
Date of experience: February 2017
touristguy1963 wrote a review May 2017
Bologna, Italy7 contributions1 helpful vote
The most creative assortments made from this bean that I have ever tasted. Simply the best. They have grown over the past twenty years but have retained their personal touch.
Date of experience: February 2017
Jacqui B wrote a review Aug 2016
17 contributions2 helpful votes
Just taste it, and you'll want more, the real savour of chocolate. You'll love it and so will your friends who receive it. A perfect present.
Date of experience: August 2016