Iconic Miami Beach Resort Becomes First Hotel to Retail Custom Chocolate in the U.S.

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Fontainebleau Miami Beach announces the launch of their new proprietary chocolate recipe, FONTAINEBLEAU SAPPHIRE NOIR™ made exclusively for the iconic Miami Beach resort. In collaboration with world-renowned French chocolate brand Cacao Barry, Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s Executive Pastry Chef, Brielle Fratellone traveled to the French chocolatier’s lab, Or Noir™ in France to customize the recipe for Fontainebleau. The resort now offers a unique chocolate bar, signature pralines and petit gateaux sold in the hotel’s signature coffee and patisserie shop Chez Bon Bon, and desserts in the hotel’s signature restaurants including StripSteak by Michael Mina, 

Scarpetta by Scott Conant and Hakkasan, all using the FONTAINEBLEAU SAPPHIRE NOIR™ recipe. Guests of the resort will be privy to take home a piece of the decadent chocolate, as Fontainebleau Miami Beach is the only hotel in the U.S. to retail their own, customized chocolate recipe. Chef Fratellone’s modern influence on luxury desserts inspired the chef to bring an elevated, exclusive blend of chocolate to complement the unparalleled collection of dining experiences at the iconic Miami Beach resort. Fratellone tasted over 20 cocoa masses and chocolates from different countries around the world in order to formulate the ideal dark chocolate recipe. Through extensive trial and error of several recipes, she achieved the perfect marriage of acidity, sweetness, and bitterness in order to create the most balanced recipe for Fontainebleau. The final recipe incorporates cocoa beans from The Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Mexico and features an intense cocoa taste that reveals yellow fruits with woody notes.


The FONTAINEBLEAU SAPPHIRE NOIR™ name describes the relationship between chocolate and jewels, each which must have the perfect environment, temperature and ingredients to produce strong, beautiful crystals. Similar to crystals, chocolate must be worked within the perfect temperature and environment in order to achieve the ideal texture and flavor.


“It’s such an honor to be able to bring this custom recipe back to Fontainebleau,” says Fratellone. I think Sapphire Noir is the perfect Miami chocolate for Chez Bon Bon – its complexity works well with all the different flavor profiles we use such as tropical fruits - the possibilities are endless in terms of what we can do with it. I’m incredibly excited to share this with my team and continue to bring our guests only the finest chocolate creations.”


“Since our reopening in 2008, Fontainebleau has been widely recognized as a premier dining destination in South Florida,” says Phil Goldfarb, President, and Chief Operating Officer, Fontainebleau Miami Beach. “Year after year, our Food & Beverage team continues to push the envelope with innovative programmings such as our BleauFish Ocean To Table Program, Locker 28, our in-house dry-aging program and our pastry kitchen, which produces handmade artisan baked goods, homemade gelato, and the most refined pastries on a daily basis. Sapphire Noir is an extension of that – just another way to elevate our guests’ experience.”


  • Chocolate and wine pairing experience at StripSteak by Michael Mina: Guests will have the opportunity to taste three wine varietals from different continents – each paired with Fontainebleau Sapphire Noir. Guests will learn about how each wine complements the dark chocolate. Reservations required. To reserve your seat, call 305-674-4780| $25++ per person | Mondays & Wednesdays beginning March 18, 2019 | 6pm – 7pm

  • Fontainebleau Sapphire Noir 3 oz. Dark Chocolate Bar: The complexity of Sapphire Noir in its purest form | $10 each | Chez Bon Bon

  • Dark Chocolate Bon Bons: Guests can enjoy Sapphire Noir paired with a variety of different flavors including the Signature Gemstone Collection – a collection of four Sapphire Noir pralines artistically created to look like jewels. The gemstone collection consists of the following flavors: classic Sapphire Noir, mango chili, caramel plantain, and smoky mezcal | $2 each

  • Fontainebleau Sapphire Noir Petit Gateaux ‘chocolate textures’: Sapphire Noir chocolate creamy, crunch, cake and mousse with coco nib glaze | $6

For more information about the chocolate program, visit

For more information, call 305.674.4641.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140