«Tonia Chocolatier is the pure taste of luxury, pleasure, and healthy indulgence»
With her new boutique in Achrafieh, Tonia Chocolatier offers quality chocolates for the festive season. Antonia Douaihy, founder of this unique concept, reveals to Prestige why her boutique is the ultimate chocolate destination.
Antonia Douaihy, how did your adventure in fine chocolate
start? My journey into the world of fine chocolate began in France where I discovered the art of chocolate making from the finest artisans in the field. Using this legendary knowhow, the secrets of true chocolate-making, and insight into different cacaos as delectable foundations, I decided to launch Tonia Chocolatier, a small family business with a large infrastructure, advanced machinery and specialized know-how.
What differenciates Tonia chocolates from other choco
lates in the market? Our chocolate is exceptionally healthy and light since we exclusively use Trinitario and Criollo cacao varieties, which are naturally sweet and don’t need conching, so our chocolates don’t have added sugar, butter, or essence. We solely use natural cacao and cacao butter. All raw materials and products used are imported from abroad, with perfect traceability which means we can trace the origin of all our raw materials including the cacao. The raw materials brands are exclusively sold to Tonia which enforces our differentiation with other brands on the market. In addition, we use world class recipes and techniques discovered through extensive one-to-one training with the best chocolatiers in Europe, such as Pascal Brunstein, Jack Bellanger, Sada Aoki, Thierry Kleiber, Jean-Paul Hevin, and Patrick Roger. What are the different offerings available in your boutique? We offer a selection of refined artisanal chocolate, macarons, marrons from Turin, and ice cream made from superior raw materials. The Turin marrons are made from real «marron». Given their unique taste, shape and texture, our marron is simply soaked in natural syrup or dipped in chocolate. The art of macaron-making was learned from Ludovic Maire (Champion Europe Pièces Artistiques en Sucre and Vice-Champion de France de Macarons) and Jacques Bellanger (Meilleur Ouvrier de France). We also have a dine-in menu with a deluxe choice of coffees, premium teas, in addition to around 12 remarkable hot chocolate varieties from classic plain chocolate to fabulous natural infusions such as ginger, cinnamon, orange, banana, and chili. If you had to describe Tonia Chocolatier in a few words? Tonia is a premium chocolate experience, a tribute to high quality, and a sensual carnival made special with the true taste of chocolate made from only the world’s finest cacao. Tonia is for the true chocolate lover and real connoisseur and brings true cacao culture to the region through superior flavors and a scrumptious reputation for excellence.
What are you preparing for Christmas and the festive
season? We always have new flavors and seasonal arrangements like the ones for Christmas. Our latest product is the «Cigare Chocolat avec Ganache au Tabac»... Visit us at Tonia Chocolatier new boutique in Achrafieh, Chehade street and discover a unique chocolate world...
Cigar Chocolate with tobacco ganache.
A chocolate Christmas tree.