One of the most popular treats at Delice et Chocolat, a French pastry shop and cafe that opened last month near the Ardmore train station, is the chocolate rocher.
Not quite a cookie and too crunchy to be a cake, the rochers are made with layers of crispy coconut-flavored Italian wafers and caramel, and covered in 71 percent dark chocolate, making a nugget-size morsel that can be eaten in two or three bites. The flavors are similar to those of in Girl Scout Samoas cookies, albeit an upscale version.
The rochers, which are nut-free, are sold by the bag at Delice et Chocolat, which is owned and operated by brothers Joseph and Antoine Amrani. The Amranis both worked with Georges Perrier; Joseph worked in management, and Antoine was head pastry chef at Philadelphia's Le Bec-Fin. The bakery offers a variety of other handmade French desserts, like macarons and chocolates, as well as espressos and lattes and savory dishes, like quiche and croque monsieurs.