Bringing a Little Taste of France to the Heart of Hoboken and Jersey City
CHOC·O·PAIN Owner, Clémence Danko, is French native who moved with her husband to Hoboken, NJ, in 2009. After arriving in NJ from France, they were hard pressed to find a fresh croissant or a good baguette West of the Hudson River. This sparked Clemence’s entrepreneurial spirit and decision to pursue her passion for French food and culture, so she left her pharmaceutical career behind and spent the next year intensely studying at New York City’s most renowned culinary schools and developing her business plan. In January 2012, she opened CHOC·O·PAIN and Hoboken had its very first French bakery and café. Just one year later, in March 2013, CHOC·O·PAIN opened its’ second location, this time bringing the French lifestyle experience to Jersey City locals.
At Choc·O·Pain, everything is baked fresh daily. All the breads are sourdough based and made in the traditional European way, using only 4 basic ingredients – flour, water, leaven and a little bit of salt, and therefore, require a long and slow fermentation process. A visit to Choc O Pain is an experience. Simply take a bite of the signature breads, pastries or café dishes and you will immediately feel transported to France! Not to be missed are the organic Pain d'Autrefois, the famous 5 Grains or the unique Banana Sourdough as well as the light and flaky pastries (viennoiseries) and tartes.
Clemence is guided by her passion for simple traditional French food, in combination with her strong belief that cooking should be based on using only the highest quality and freshest, local-when-possible ingredients. In France, épiceries are small neighborhood shops that sell basic groceries along with specialty items. CHOC·O·PAIN ’s épicerie brings this old-fashioned “corner store” charm to the café, with a small but carefully curated assortment of hard-to-find French specialty items and cooking ingredients such as French candies and artisanal chocolate, spices, mustards, salts, French sugar cubes, local Honey and Alain Milliat jams.
Clemence loved these fantastic brands so much, she wanted to share them with you!
Available at all CHOC·O·PAIN locations!