Have you heard about Chocolate Heaven? Well it really does exist and it’s in Kansas City, Missouri. If your planning a weekend getaway to KC be sure to stop for lunch at Andre’s Confiserie Suisse on the Country Club Plaza.
Andre’ Bollier started this remarkable authentic Suisse candy store in 1960 adding a Tea Room in the back of the store in the ’70’s. I remember the first time my first husband and I went to lunch at Andre’s and will never forget thinking that I had died and gone to chocolate heaven. When I entered through the front doors I found myself surrounded by shelf upon shelf of chocolate candies and pastries beautifully created to catch your eye and make you buy! I was especially impressed when I saw the Kansas City fountains displayed on large chocolate discs. Kansas City has some of the most beautiful fountains you’ll ever see and, while living there, I made it a point to take my children to the Plaza monthly just to sit, play and daydream by one of those fountains. Never in my wildest dreams did I think they’d show up in a candy store on a chocolate disc. And to be able to eat one, too! I knew then I WAS in chocolate heaven.
When my husband finally succeeded in dragging me kicking and screaming from the store, I found myself in a small Suisse Tea Room with a server reciting 3 authentic Suisse lunch choices being served for the day. I chose the Quiche Lorraine. It came with a small leafy salad, a drink and dessert and was only $7-8.00 dollars. The atmosphere was very relaxing and I was in no hurry to get back to being mommy that afternoon. All I could think of was “bring on the chocolate dessert”!
Fortunately for us, Patty, a close friend of ours, is a confectioner’s chef at Andre’s and had the pleasure of creating Andre’s famous chocolate covered almonds. Every Christmas I anxiously waited for Patty to come over toting a box of those almonds and some kind of pastry from Andre’s. For many of our Christmas’s in the late ’70’s and early ’80’s she never disappointed us.