[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

A classic breton sablé serves as the base of La Maison's Tube de l'Ete ($9). It's buttery and snappy with a crunch; crumbs fly everywhere and the heady flavors of vanilla lingers. But then the chocolate takes over, a simultaneously sleek and elegant tube of dark, dense chocolate mousse dipped in even more chocolate for a silky shell. True to tradition, the mousse is the over the top, nearly too rich, and best savored in small bites. In the center runs a thin rope of wild strawberry, cranberry, and hibiscus gelée, tart enough to cause a pause, and bright enough to be refreshing, saving chocolate from its own decadence.

La Maison du Chocolat

Multiple Locations in NYC

About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.

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