Les Cocottes Review - December 2016 - Canadian Gourmet French Food Subscription Box

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What is it? Les Cocottes
How Much? $49 every 2 months, plus $12 shipping. Save on 3 and 6 month terms. Prices in Canadian dollars. 
What's in it? A gourmet care package with French delicacies  



Les Cocottes is a bi-monthly subscription service that delivers French gourmet food at your doorstep. It's not just about food - Les Cocottes is a full cultural experience that will give you a taste of the French "Art de Vivre"!  

Whether you have a sweet tooth or you crave savory treats, our boxes are curated to please everyone: we select fine specialties from our homeland such as tapenade, pâté, nougats, high-quality teas, jam, spices and so much more!  

Les Cocottes was founded by two French ex-pats living in Vancouver. Their mission is to share their passion for the French cuisine & culture without the clichés. Boxes ship every two months, starting in January 2017. Shipping is an additional $12 per box, however if you live or work in the city of Vancouver, Les Cocottes offers hand delivery for only $5. Check their FAQ for more details.

Les Cocottes officially launches in January 2017, but they released a special edition VIP Christmas Box for December to give people a taste of what they can expect. Unfortunately this box is now sold out, but you can still sign up for the upcoming January box.

The box includes a list of shopping suggestions for wine and other foods to pair with your items in the box.

First look!

This box invites you to celebrate a traditional French Christmas. There are seven items to share with friends and family, plus four recipes to recreate a traditional French Christmas dinner.

The recipes include a starter, a main dish, and a dessert. The starter is "Scallops a la Bretonne", the main is Stuffing Capon (capon is a rooster, but turkey can be used), and dessert is Buche de Noel, which is a chocolate log cake.

This sheet includes details about each item and suggestions for tasting.

Edouard Artzner Goose Foie Gras Block
This is the "piece de resistance" of the VIP Christmas box. Foie gras! Goose foie gras is softer and more delicate than duck foie gras. I sent a photo of this to Amalia, my lovely gourmand friend in Europe, and asked her what to do with it. This was her reply:
Oh, you hide in your closet with some champagne, cornichon pickles and a super fresh baguette. Eat the whole thing without sharing...you'll regret sharing
The rest of her instructions match exactly what the Les Cocottes girls recommend. Serve slightly chilled. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving, slice, but don't spread, and top with a pinch of fleur de sel.

Pain d'Epices (Gingerbread)
This French gingerbread is soft and sweetened with honey. It's not like any gingerbread I've had in North America. Les Cocottes suggest trying the foie gras on a slice of gingerbread to to let the "honey and spices relish your palate".

Ducs de Gascogne Confit d'Oignon and Confit de Figue
These chutneys can be used to add some sweetness to the foie gras. They also recommend trying the fig confit with a slice of blue cheese.

Le Paludier Guerande Fleur de Sel
Fleur de sel is the most expensive of salts due to the complex method of harvesting by hand. This brand is produced in small quantities - sometimes only 1kg per day. Fleur de sel is a French staple and in this box it's used to season the foie gras.

Kusmi Prince Vladmir Tea
Maison de Thé Kusmi was originally founded in Russia, but after the Russian revolution, the founding family escaped to Paris in 1917. Prince Vladmir tea was created in 1888 and is a blend of Earl Grey, citrus, vanilla, and spices.

Truffettes Cocoa Truffles
Truffles were first created in 1895 by French confectioner Louis Dufour. These little balls of chocolate ganache dipped in chocolate and coated in cocoa powder are decadently delicious.

The December VIP Christmas box included seven delicacies imported straight from France. All of these items to together to create an indulgent pre-Chrismas snack. I'm impressed with the thoughtful curation and detail that went into this box! I plan to save the foie gras for New Years and enjoy it as Amalia and Les Cocottes suggested, however I won't be in a closet, and I will share!

The next edition of Les Cocottes ships in mid-January. There is still time to order. 

Click here to check out Les Cocottes.


Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.  

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