Gift Guide: Ladurée

The pastry shop that invented macarons, has some new holiday offerings.

Their story begins in 1862, when Louis Ernest Ladurée, a man from France’s southwest, created a bakery in Paris at 16 rue Royale. Ladurée’s rise to fame came in 1930 when his grandson, Pierre Desfontaines, had the original idea of the double-decker, sticking two macaron shells together with a creamy ganache as filling.

Ladurée Chocolates: For sweet lovers this holiday season, Ladurée chocolates offer the perfect alchemy between the beautiful and the tasteful. Highlighted holiday chocolate collections (also perfect for hostess gifts!) include: Praline Gift Pox — A crispy hazelnut praline coated with dark chocolate ($35). 75 Champs-Elysees Gift Box — A chocolate in tribute to our House of the Champs-Elysées. A dark ganache infused with Madagascar vanilla, covered by a crispy dark chocolate shell made up of a cocoa nibs nougatine ($30). Initiation Gift Boxes — An assortment of small milky rochers, 75 Champs Elysées chocolates, 16 Royale chocolates, crispy hazelnut praline chocolates (Size 1: $55 / Size 2: $100). Nuit Mystérieuse Candle (Holiday Candle): Discover the magic of mystery in a sumptuous scent laden with heady oriental notes, as swirling scents cloak the air in a heavy, incandescent fragrance ($69). Christmas Tea: As intense as a tropical sunset, this blend of sweet, sun-soaked fruits and Chinese white tea provides an exotic infusion of colors and flavors; this exceptional tea will transport you to faraway shores.

LADURÉE D.C. (Georgetown and Union Station).

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