Alexandra Clark, owner of Bon Bon Bon in Hamtramck, has captured my heart with her perfect chocolate shop. From the practical yet completely stylish packaging to her gorgeous and delicious chocolates, I am smitten with every detail. Bon Bon Bon is tucked into a charming residential street and is open from 10-9:30 every Saturday. I wish that pink and red Bon Bon Bon logo was my life logo, it’s just the cutest.
On our last visit to Detroit, I told Marc that I NEEDED to go to Bon Bon Bon. We had some errands to run in the city and a surprise party to get to. As you know, you have to arrive exactly at the right time or you can ruin someone’s birthday. And we’re not birthday ruiners! We had lunch at Le Petit Zinc, chatted with Michelle and Joe at Nora and Hugh, we shopped for cards at City Bird, drank beer at Motor City Brewing Works and were on our way to the party a little early and then I remembered, BON BON BON! Luckily it was on our way.
After stepping inside, two friendly gals encouraged us to try them all. Owner Alex came from the back and greeted us with the biggest smile. I tried to convey how much I admired her lady-owned business without sounding completely ridiculous. I was really excited to finally be there and I could barely focus on the row of beautiful chocolates before me. I asked if Alex could pick 10 pieces of chocolates out for us. Marc had already pointed to the Bon Fire with chile powder and she used it as a jumping-off point for creating a well-rounded box of chocolates. I am so glad we put ourselves in her capable, magical hands.
We received the 10 most perfect chocolates. I usually gravitate towards dark chocolate, but I know that good quality white and milk chocolate can blow your mind, too. It’s one of the best food lessons I’ve learned: Get a recommendation because you might fall in love with food you never thought to try.
#2 High Tea – Earl Grey + cream ganache, hemp seed nougatine + smoked sugar
#5 Fresh Raspberry – dark chocolate ganache + fresh raspberry
#7 Coconut – lightly toasted coconut + white chocolate
#15 Better Butter Crunch – Detroit’s Better Made potato chips + milk chocolate
#20 Malt Caramel – barley malt syrup + malted milk powder
#23 Matcha Crunch – matcha green tea white chocolate ganache + rice croquant
#25 Mustachio – muscato wine caramel + pistachio gianduja
#32 Bon Fire – dark chocolate + arbol chile + cinnamon + bourbon smoked sugar
#33 Rose Thorn – rose petal white chocolate ganache + white pepper
#35 Swimming Turtle – candied salted pecan in a pool of caramel
I cut each one in half and we tasted them separately to see which chocolates came out as our favorites. We were both wowed by the matcha crunch, coconut and rose thorn, all white chocolate and all chocolates we probably wouldn’t have picked on our own. Honestly, every chocolate was a piece of art and completely delicious. Marc raved about these chocolates and he doesn’t usually rave about food like I do.
The ladies at Bon Bon Bon are really friendly and they treated us like gold. My food-loving heart could not handle all of the cuteness, so I’m going to have to calm myself down and then plan another visit because I really do have to try them all.
Chocolates are $3 each. Visit their shop or order online!