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Ghyslain Chocolatier: Sweet Success for your Valentine’s Day Menu

By | Chocolate, Desserts, Gourmet, Holiday

Love is the central part of the Ghyslain Chocolatier story. It was the love of a man for his wife and her hometown and his love of quality and beauty in his craft that gave the story its start, but love continues to propel the art and flavor of every product Ghyslain shares with the world.

Once Upon a Time

Ghyslain Maurais first found his culinary passion in Quebec while working in the field to fund his architectural education. It wasn’t long before he left architecture behind and was certified in French pastry, chocolate décor, candy making, blown/pulled sugar, and bread making and working as an executive chef in first class restaurants and hotels. But when he met his wife, Susan, his passions took a new path to Union City, Indiana where he started Ghyslain Chocolatier.

Using painting techniques he learned for chocolate sculptures, Ghyslain crafted the first hand-painted chocolate truffles that have now become synonymous with the brand. To this day, the same handmade techniques are used to create each and every product in Ghyslain’s Union City kitchen.

This Valentine’s Day, why not enhance your menu with products that have a true love story behind every bite?

Say it with Chocolate

The perfect end to any meal is a little bite of something sweet, like a kiss to end the night. This Valentine’s season, consider one of Ghyslain’s classic truffles or Valentine’s collection of heart-shaped chocolates to close out the dining experience for your guests. Each one is hand-painted and crafted with attention to quality and taste. From signature to exotic flavors, these chocolates are sure to dazzle the eyes and the tastebuds. Serve alongside a coffee or cocktail, or present as a parting gift for maximum impact.

  • Ghyslain signature chocolates – item #95755 
  • Ghyslain truffles – item #92197

Elegant Ends with French Macarons

Ghyslain’s carefully hand-crafted macarons provide a welcome splash of color to end any elegant meal. Once a treat enjoyed only by royalty (Marie Antoinette may come to mind), this dessert is now embraced as a way for anyone to elevate a dining experience. Light and delicate, each flavored macaron is filled with a delectable gourmet ganache. Ghyslain’s collection includes classic and Couleur Vive options, all embodying artistic ethos in both color and flavor. Arrange these macarons in a variety of ways, from traditional towers to heart-shaped formations, or present them individually. The romance and elegance of the French macaron make them statement pieces on any dessert table.

  • Ghyslain classic macarons – item #95796
  • Ghyslain couleur vive macarons – item #95776  

Pastry Perfection

Ghyslain recognizes that artistry doesn’t just live in his kitchen. Having been an executive chef, he knows the artistic impulse that lives in kitchens across the country. The pastry options at Ghyslain offer the perfect base for creativity. Any of the three options—Flourless Chocolate Cake, Classic Cheesecake, and Bourbon Caramel Pecan Cheesecake—may be served as-is or with any creative toppings that complement your Valentine’s menu. Raspberry coulis, edible rose petals, fresh strawberries, white chocolate ganache, or any other elegant topping can elevate these pastries to a new level.

  • Ghyslain Flourless Chocolate Cake – item #95779
  • Ghyslain Classic Cheesecake – item #95777 
  • Ghyslain Bourbon Caramel Pecan Cheesecake – item #95759 

Happily Ever After

This Valentine’s Day, share the love with your guests in the sweetest way possible. Ghyslain Chocolatier’s chocolates, French macarons, and pastries are as beautiful as they are delicious. Made with true love and passion at their base, they make the perfect endings to a memorable meal.

* Some featured items may not be available in all regions. Please contact your customer advocate for substitutions or new menu ideas.

Valentine’s Day Menu: A Culinary Love Affair for Your Restaurant

By | Beef, Chef's Feed, Chocolate, Desserts, Fruit, Gourmet, Hors d'oeuvre, Meats, Oysters, Produce, Seafood, What Chefs Want

This Valentine’s Day, let your restaurant become the stage for a culinary love affair. As the festive season ends, it’s time to shift our focus to the upcoming celebration of love. We recognize the importance of crafting an exceptional dining experience for patrons seeking to impress that special someone with an amazing dining experience or patrons who want to treat themselves! What Chefs Want has curated a selection of premium ingredients to help chefs craft menus that enchant patrons celebrating their love. Let’s explore the possibilities:

Amorous Appetizers

Oysters on the Half Shell

Begin your romantic evening with the briny essence of fresh oysters, known for their aphrodisiac qualities. Shuck and serve these delicacies chilled, enhancing the experience with a squeeze of lemon. We have a large variety of fresh oysters on hand week to week in each region, so make sure to check our app for options and availability. A couple of our recent favorites include:

  • Connecticut Blue Point – from Norwalk Island, CT – these oysters are 3.5 inches in size with a medium salinity, springy meats and light mineral finish
  • Miyagi – from Hood Canal, WA – these oysters are 3 inches in size with substantial meats, a savory brine and a tangly cucumber finish.

Artichoke Heart Bruschetta

Artichoke Heart Bruschetta is a luscious appetizer featuring a blend of chopped artichoke hearts (item #90600), diced cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and minced garlic atop golden toasted baguette slices, all drizzled with olive oil and truffle balsamic glaze (item #29853) for a flavorful and aphrodisiac-rich culinary delight.

Truffle-Infused Deviled Eggs

Level up the classic deviled eggs with a touch of luxury. Drizzle them with Regalis Black Truffle Oil (item #95402) and top with canned Truffle Peelings (item #90536) for an irresistibly earthy flavor.

While both oysters and artichokes are commonly touted to have aphrodisiac properties, there isn’t much evidence backing either. Other popular (but not scientifically proven) aphrodisiacs include chocolate, honey, hot chilies, figs and strawberries.

Seafood Sensations

Lobster Tails

Need we say more? Help your guests impress their special someone with succulent Canadian Lobster Tails (item #48421). Grill or steam these 5-6 oz treasures to perfection, creating a dish that captures the sweet and distinctive flavors of the cold waters of eastern Canada.

Pan-Seared Halibut Fillet

Show off the deep, rich flavors of wild Halibut (item #48052). These skin-on fillets promise a delicate sweetness and firm, flaky texture. Pan-sear and serve with a light citrus drizzle for an exquisite main course.

Scallops

Consider featuring U-10 Dry Domestic Scallops (item #32502), a delicacy renowned for their large, succulent profile. Perfect for a romantic menu, these scallops can be expertly seared and served with a velvety truffle risotto or nestled atop a bed of creamy cauliflower puree, adding an elegant touch to your menu.

Protein Packed Passion

Porterhouse for Two

Share the love with a perfectly cooked Porterhouse Beef (item #1089) for two. This cut combines the tenderness of the filet mignon with the rich, flavorful strip steak. Fire up the grill and savor the best of both worlds. For a decadent touch consider adding a Red Wine Reduction Sauce. This rich and velvety sauce not only adds depth of flavor but also brings a luxurious and romantic element to the dish.

Lamb Lollipops Duo

Embrace the “two of ewe” with individual lamb rib chops (item #98661) from New Zealand. These 2 oz lollipops are a delightful balance of tenderness and robust flavor. Season with herbs and pan-sear for an elegant touch. Or drizzle them with a balsamic rosemary reduction. The sweet and tangy notes of balsamic, combined with the earthy aroma of rosemary, will complement the succulence of the lamb

Poulet Rouge Fermier

Consider featuring Poulet Rouge Fermier (item #847) as the star of a shared platter for two. Roast it with aromatic herbs and serve alongside decadent sides like truffle-infused mashed potatoes or roasted vegetables. The act of sharing a beautifully prepared bird adds an intimate touch to the dining experience. The exquisite Poulet Rouge Fermier from Joyce Farms is not just a chicken; it’s a symbol of culinary excellence, renowned for its exceptional flavor, succulence, and heritage breeding.

Decadent Desserts

Chocolate-Dipped Stem Strawberries

A Valentines Day classic! Create a sensual experience with stem strawberries (item #10404) perfect for chocolate-dipping. Melt the finest dark chocolate and dip each berry, adding a touch of sweetness to your romantic evening. Consider using the gorgeous and tasty pink ruby chocolate to up the Valentines aesthetic.

Raspberry Rose Petal Sorbet

Refresh the palate with a homemade sorbet featuring juicy raspberries (item #10412) and edible flowers. The floral notes will add a romantic touch to your dessert and your plating. For our large selection of edible flowers search flowers on our ordering site or app.

Filled Chocolate Tulip Cups

End your evening on a sweet note with chocolate tulip cups (item #92114). Fill these delicate cups with a rich chocolate mousse or berries for a visually stunning and delicious finale. We love these because you can use them as a beautiful canvas to fill with whatever creative ideas you have to wow your diners!


* Some featured items may not be available in all regions. Please contact your customer advocate for substitutions or new fresh, healthy menu ideas.

Sweet Success: Desserts & Treats to Boost Your Menu

By | Catering, Chef's Feed, Chocolate, Desserts, Gourmet, Holiday, Retail Ready

In the dynamic landscape of the restaurant industry, where culinary trends and consumer preferences constantly evolve, desserts play a pivotal role in shaping not just a meal, but also the bottom line. Remarkably, a staggering 60% of restaurant operators incorporate desserts as a regular feature on their menus, and the impact on profitability is unmistakable.

Desserts requiring minimal preparation, such as cookies, cupcakes, and ice cream, have emerged as clear favorites among consumers, not only for their widespread appeal but also for their impressive profit margins. Interestingly, when delving deeper into the realm of revenue sources, it becomes evident that dessert varieties demanding less preparation time or catering to on-the-go indulgence, like cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and ice cream, take the lead. These not only constitute the best-selling desserts but also boast the highest profit margins.

Whether you prefer the convenience of ready-made treats or relish the joy of crafting your own desserts in-house, our carefully curated selection promises to take your sweet offerings to new heights.

Pre-Made Desserts Delights

Choosing our pre-made desserts doesn’t just save you time – it levels up your dessert game without compromising on quality or taste. Crafted with precision and the finest ingredients, these ready-to-serve treats guarantee a delightful experience for your patrons, sparing your kitchen staff from unnecessary stress. Let What Chefs Want be your ally in creating memorable moments, effortlessly impressing your customers with the indulgent simplicity of our pre-made desserts.

Tres Leches (Item # 16705) – A timeless crowd-pleaser, this decadent sponge cake is soaked in 3 kinds of milk: evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream make for a super moist traditional Central and South American dessert. Pairs well with fruit and fruit sauces.

Triple Mousse (Item #16666) – This Libby’s Gourmet Desserts cake has three kinds of chocolate mousse layered together for a sinfully rich and one-of-a-kind treat. On the bottom is moist chocolate cake. Then they add three layers of mousse – deep dark chocolate, white chocolate, and milk chocolate. If that wasn’t enough, it is all topped and sided with semi-sweet chocolate.

Strawberry Sensation Cake (Item #16663) – This cake is made up of three pieces of moist strawberry cake alternately layered with strawberry filling and whipped cream and gingerly topped with white chocolate. The open sided presentation of this Libby’s Gourmet cake is reminiscent of old fashioned Strawberry Shortcake.

Bourbon Butter Cake (Item #16661) – Libbys’ Gourmet Bourbon Butter Cake is three layers of buttery cake, layered with bourbon ganache, studded with chocolate and pecans and frosted with a bourbon icing.

Ghyslain Flourless Chocolate Cake (Item #95779)  A decadent chocolate flourless cake. Roughly 3″ in diameter and 1 1/2″ tall and gluten-free. A blank canvas to plate as is or add your own sauce, fresh fruit, a dusting of confectioner’s sugar or a dollop of whipped cream.

If It’s Cheesecake You Crave

Cheesecake, with its rich and creamy allure, remains a favorite on dessert menus worldwide. Its versatile flavor profile and timeless appeal make it a beloved choice, satisfying sweet cravings for patrons across generations and giving chefs a blank canvas to express themselves with sauces and toppings.

Plain Banquet Cheesecake (Item #16665) – If you like your cheesecake “just plain” or are looking for the perfect blank canvas to add your own sauce and style, this is the perfect dessert for you. This creamy cheesecake is flavored with a subtle hint of lemon and sits atop a graham cracker crust. For the purist, this is “simply delicious”.

Turtle Cheesecake (Item Code: 16674) – This luscious chocolate marble cheesecake is topped with caramel, pecans, and semi-sweet chocolate and sits on a chocolate cookie crust.

Original Petite Cheesecake (Item #18244) – Tennessee Cheesecake Original Petite Cheesecake is their delicious original cheesecake featured in a perfect individual size. Each 2.5 oz Petite Cheesecake features their famous honey-graham-pecan crust and a rich and creamy filling.

Assorted Mini Cheesecakes (Item #90603) –For when you can’t choose just one! A rich, decadent assortment of smooth bite-size cheesecakes with mild buttery graham cracker crust – Dulce De Leche, Mocha Cappuccino, and Decadent Turtle.

Bite-sized Sweet Treats

Plated alone or offered as a trio of tastes, these small bites are just enough for your diners who only want a little nibble or want to try multiple dessert items!

Mini Key Lime Mousse (Item Code: 34736) – This Libby’s Gourmet dessert is bite-sized perfection. It has a sweet and tangy citrus burst will transport your mind right to the tropics! Their Key Lime mousse is delicate and silky with just the right amount of tangy twang to make you think it’s summer any time of the year.

Mini Peanut Butter Mousse (Item Code: 34735) – Combine these two great tastes that taste even better in a mousse! Graham is the foundation for our tiny tour of rich chocolate and peanut butter mousse layers, decorated with a drizzle of melted chocolate. Another delicious bit from Libby’s and a must-try for peanut butter enthusiasts!

Ghyslain Macaroon (Item #95796 – classic) (Item #95776 – color) – These carefully made hand-crafted macarons provide a welcome splash of color before they melt in your mouth. Each flavored macaron is filled with a delectable ganache. Flavors include chocolate coffee, fleur de sel bourbon, orange praline, passionfruit coconut, pistachio strawberry and raspberry chocolate. Gluten-free.

Ghyslain Signature Chocolates (Item #95755) – An assortment of chocolates that are one-of-a-kind hand-painted masterpieces made with the finest ingredients. Contains 12 unique designs per case, with vibrant colors and distinctive flavors like pistachio praline, amarena, and bananas foster, to name a few.

Assorted Sweet Street Desserts (Item #16655) – Sweet Street Desserts are pastry chef quality desserts that defrost beautifully straight from the freezer. Personalize them, creating your own signature dessert, by adding a simple garnish and sauce to WOW your guests. Product consists of 1 tray each: apple streusel, lemon berry bar, oreo bar and chocolate pecan bar.

Snicker Doodle Cookie Dough (Item #03749) – Serve freshly baked gourmet cookies without the hassle of making them from scratch. 100% real butter provides a rich, moist taste that has 3-5 day bake life when baked properly. Already pre-portioned – just take out the freezer, place on the sheet pan, and bake.

Gourmet Ingredients

We understand the unique pastry needs that arise in bustling kitchens. From the warmth of Boyajian Natural Peppermint Flavoring infusing a seasonal touch into your creations to the convenience of Mini Fillo Shells and 9″ Pie Shells easing the process of crafting comforting winter pies, we provide the essential tools to make dessert creation a breeze during the colder months. Let us be your partner in ensuring that the chill of winter doesn’t slow down the warmth and creativity flowing from your kitchen.

Here are just a few of our favorites to help with winter pastries:

Callebaut Ruby Couverture (Item #15798) – Ruby chocolate unlocks dazzling taste experiences due to its unique fresh berry taste. The 4th chocolate next to dark, milk and white it offers innovation ideas for the next generation of your confectionery, bakery, ice creams and desserts!

Turitella Chocolate Curls (Item #94049) – Turitella is created using a thin layer of perfectly tempered white and dark Belgian chocolate artfully presented in a modern, European style. This elegant chocolate decoration is beautifully crafted and ideal for up-scale plated desserts, tarts or cakes.

Boyajian Natural Peppermint (Item #93205) – The perfect natural peppermint flavor. Add to your favorite chocolate recipe, fudge, mint patties, candy recipes and ice creams.

Mini Fillo Shells (Item #90500) – Fill ’em up! It’s that easy to enjoy the delectable taste of fillo dough. Light, flaky layers of fillo are formed into homemade-looking mini pastry cups, then fully baked and frozen fresh. Fast, versatile and easy to use, Athens Mini Fillo Shells are ready to fill and serve with sweet or savory ingredients for appetizers, desserts, snacks and breakfasts.

9” Pie Shell (Item #90473) – This raw pie shell serves as the perfect canvas for your pies. The sky is the limit with what you choose to fill it!

Whether you’re opting for the easy button with our pre-made desserts or have a passionate pastry chef crafting sweet creations daily, there’s no denying the impact desserts have on your bottom line. Adding these delectable treats not only caters to diverse consumer preferences but also ensures increased profitability, making each dessert served a financial win for your establishment.

Item of the Day: Chocolate Batons from Cacao Noel

By | Baking, Chef's Feed, Chocolate, Item of the Day, What Chefs Want

Chocolate Batons


Our gourmet chocolate batons are crafted by one of the foremost chocolate producers in the world, Cocoa Noel. Made from some of the finest cocoa beans available anywhere, they combine just the right amount of cocoa solids, cocoa butter, and sugar to create a rich and luxurious flavor you’ll love! Tap into your inner pastry chef and start preparing delicious chocolate-filled croissants, pain aux chocolate, and so much more with our 44% chocolate batons from Cocoa Noel.

Make perfectly shaped and portioned pastries with our 44% chocolate batons from Noel. Made with less cocoa butter than chocolate chunks, for example, they can be placed directly into the oven with abandon. No fear of burning, bubbling, or seeping. Simply wrap in your pastry of choice, bake, and enjoy!

Item 92273 – 1.6 kg case

Item of the Day: White Chocolate Pistoles from Cacao Noel

By | Baking, Chef's Feed, Chocolate, Item of the Day, What Chefs Want

30% White Chocolate Pistoles


Cacao Noel’s Pistoles are small, thin, and flat discs of solid chocolate perfect for baking applications. Easy to weight out and measure, they allow for fast, easy melting and simple tempering. Melt in bain marie or in the microwave, and use for molding, dipping, enrobing and decoration. Made from fine cacao beans from all over the world, our Noel line of baking chocolate is made with both the professional and home baker in mind. The quality of the chocolate is superb, and the products are designed to make baking a breeze. Used in hotels, restaurants and homes, worldwide.

White Noel Blanc is a fine white chocolate couverture made with cocoa butter. The shape and size of the chocolate buttons allows for easy weighing, fast, even melting, and simple tempering.

Item 92126 – 11 lbs. case

Item of the Day: 64% Bitter Chocolate Pistoles from Cacao Noel

By | Baking, Chef's Feed, Chocolate, Item of the Day, What Chefs Want

64% Bitter Chocolate Pistoles

Cacao Noel’s Pistoles are small, thin, and flat discs of solid chocolate perfect for baking applications. Easy to weight out and measure, they allow for fast, easy melting and simple tempering. Melt in bain marie or in the microwave, and use for molding, dipping, enrobing and decoration. Made from fine cacao beans from all over the world, our Noel line of baking chocolate is made with both the professional and home baker in mind. The quality of the chocolate is superb, and the products are designed to make baking a breeze. Used in hotels, restaurants and homes, worldwide.
Ingredients: Cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, emulsifier: soya
lecithin, natural vanilla flavor. May contain traces of nuts, gluten
and milk.

Item 92124 – 22 lbs. case

Item of the Day: Cocoa Powder from Cacao Noel

By | Baking, Chef's Feed, Chocolate, Item of the Day, What Chefs Want

Noel’s Premium Cocoa Powder mixes well with cold products, and develops flavor while cooking. Perfect for mousses, cream, biscuits, confectionery enrobing and decoration, and for brewing hot beverages. Especially recommended for ice cream. Directions: Ready to use. Usually incorporated into other dry ingredients, then combined with wet ingredients. Made from fine cacao beans from all over the world, our Noel line of baking chocolate is made with both the professional and home baker in mind. The quality of the chocolate is superb, and the products are designed to make baking a breeze. Used in hotels, restaurants and homes, worldwide.

Item 92277 – 10/2.2 lbs. case
Item 92111 – 2.2 lbs. each

Item of the Day: 38% Milk Chocolate Lactee Superieure

By | Chef's Feed, Chocolate, Desserts, Gourmet, Item of the Day, What Chefs Want

Milk Chocolate Lactee Superieure

Cacao Barry is renowned for its vision of the chocolate makers craft as an art form. Producing and selling the finest-grade chocolate in the world, Cacao Barry has a wide product range that’s a real favorite among the leading chocolate professionals. Milk Chocolate Lactee Superieure is a special recipe for fine moldings, coatings, pastry, ganaches, mousses, pralines interior ganaches, sauces, decorations, ice-creams, and sorbets. This is a dark colored cocoa for a sweet and strong milk chocolate.

Ingredients: Sugar, cocoa butter, whole MILK powder, unsweetened chocolate, soy lecithin (an emulsifier), natural vanilla flavor, salt.

Item 92179 – 11 lb. bag
Item 94042 – 4/11 lb. bag case