What is the story behind Hoda et Chocolat?
Since the 1980s, my mother, Hoda, has been creating her own recipes at home with the help of her husband. Indeed, her home atelier became a reference in Beirut for fine chocolate, and 15 years ago, I decided to leave the world of high-end cosmetics and luxury to join the family’s workshop.
Since then, we have been on a journey to discover new tastes, blends and flavors, perfecting our craft with class, humility and hard work.
What can you tell us about your new branch in Achrafieh?
We finally opened our boutique-atelier during a critical time in Lebanon. This takes perseverance, courage and commitment. Our women-owned business empowers women and encourages them to shine and claim their place in the business world.
What is chocolate best paired with?
Chocolate can be paired with any alcoholic drink, whether it is wine, cognac or whisky, to name a few. I personally like it with whisky or cognac. I find the mix of strong, overwhelming alcohol with the sweetness of melting chocolate orgasmic.
In your opinion does vegan chocolate taste better than non-vegan varieties?
Dark chocolate is vegan, while white and milk chocolate are not. I don’t believe that one is tastier than the other; it is all about quality and a hint of love. That is what makes the difference.