Berthillon is a French manufacturer and retailer of luxury ice cream and sorbet, with its primary store on the Île Saint-Louis in Paris, France. The company is owned and operated by the Chauvin family, descendants of the eponymous Monsieur Berthillon, who opened the first store in 1954, making it the second oldest ice cream parlor in Paris.
Berthillon sells its ice cream in bulk and by the scoop from its shop on the island, and distributes to retailers within the Paris region. Berthillon uses only natural ingredients, with no chemical preservatives, artificial sweeteners or stabilizers. Its ice creams are made from milk, sugar, cream and eggs and flavoring, which derives from natural sources like cocoa, vanilla bean, fruit, etc. Up to fifteen flavors may be produced every day by the chefs depending on the season, market availability and demand. In total, about sixty different flavors are produced by the Maison Berthillon throughout the year.
Many consider Berthillon to be the best ice cream in Paris, although many taste tests, guides and professional dessert chefs in France - such as Chef Pâtissier of the (☆☆☆ Michelin) Hotel Plaza-Athénée, and Champion du Monde de la Pâtisserie, Christophe Michalak - cite the ice cream of RAIMO.
On 31 January 2013, son Jens B. has taken over the family business, from the founders, his parents. In a speech he told the media, that Berthillon will open several stores in Switzerland and Belgium.
- "Raimo is not only the oldest ice-cream producer and vendor in Paris, but also probably the best. The establishment dates back to 1947..." http://www.spottedbylocals.com/paris/raimo-glacier/
- "Raimo avec le lait d'amande et le citron basilic : Meilleure glace de Paris (Best ice cream in Paris)" http://www.sortiraparis.com/hotel-restaurant/restaurant/guides/40807-top-10-les-meilleures-glaces-de-paris-le-grand-test/page/10
- "Voici un des meilleurs glaciers au monde! Les glaces Raimo sont sur Paris bien avant celles de Berthillon. (Here is one of the best ice creams in the world. Raimo ice creams were in Paris before those of Berthillon." http://fr.christophemichalak.com/index.php/raimo-un-des-meilleurs-glaciers-au-monde/
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