MAD about Chocolate

Marcel Desaulniers, creator of over-the-top cookies and desserts
Four large cookies, including Mrs. D's Chocolate Chip, Black Mamba, Bourbon Oatmeal and the lemony Tribe (with pistachios, white and milk chocolate)
Fresh tarts are made with fruit from the farmers market and other seasonal ingredients, plus chocolate.
A variety of wines are available, chosen for their compatibility with chocolate and other MAD food.
MAD-made ice creams are layered with brownies to make ice cream MADwiches; dark sipping chocolate,
Truffles and other candies use Belgian chocolate and sometimes herbs grown in the outdoor patio
Two lunch specials are offered daily, including savory ham and cheesecake and nutty chicken salad.
Double MAD brownies have two fudgy layers with ganache between and on top
Connie Desaulniers' paintings line the walls of the colorfully decorated cafe
Marcel Desaulniers, owner of MAD about Chocolate
204 Armistead Ave.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Region Hampton Roads
Locality Williamsburg City
(9:00 AM-6:00 PM)
cafe main number: (757) 645-2995
cafe email

MAD about Chocolate, a chocolate cafe and art gallery, is owned and operated by four-time James Beard Award-winner Marcel Desaulniers (author of Death by Chocolate and 9 other cookbooks) and his artist wife Connie.  The cafe features Marcel's abundant cookies, as well as desserts, brownies ice cream, MAD-made candies and tarts.  The cafe also serves lunch, plus wine and beer.  The walls are filled with Connie's sculptural and 2-D paintings, as well as fine crafts from around the world.  The cafe is just a block from the College of William and Mary and Colonial Williamsburg's Merchant Square.

Marcel is the former chef/owner of The Trellis Restaurant, where he served award-winning food for 29 years.  At the Trellis he also created the original Death by Chocolate cake.  Notorious for his decadent desserts, he wrote the James Beard awarded book, Death by Chocolate, and had a TV series by the same name.  Eight of his 10 cookbooks are about chocolate.  After selling the Trellis in 2009, he had a short-lived retirement before chocolate's beck and call drew him back into the business.  MAD about Chocolate opened April 2012.

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Last Updated: 3/4/2015 2:10 PM
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