Hippity-hop! Bunnies, chicks, and Easter eggs with zChocolat..oh my!!

Hippity-hop! Bunnies, chicks, and Easter eggs with zChocolat..oh my!!

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zChocolat Easter Collection

Easter is fast approaching and chocolatiers are hopping around like bunnies to create delectable decadence for chocolate lovers like you. Inside every adult is a child whose eyes open wide in awe and yummy desire when seeing chocolate bunnies, truffles and Easter eggs. But what fun would Easter be if you couldn’t share these delectables with someone you love?

 

This is where zChocolat comes in! Well known for their handmade French chocolate creations by none other than the world-champion chocolatier, Pascal Caffet who prides in the tradition of using all fresh high-quality ingredients from Europe. Very rare to find chocolates made with no preservatives. Their collections are made with dark, milk and white chocolates from Venezuela and the Ivory Coast filled with their signature rich ganaches. So rich and smooth you can feel the decadence melt in your mouth.

 

zChocolat Easter Collection - Bunnies, chicks, & Easter eggs

zChocolat Easter Collection – Bunnies, chicks, & Easter eggs

I had the pleasure to try their Easter Duo collection – fun assortment of truffles and solids. Their truffles consist of white, milk and dark chocolates filled with caramelized hazelnut ganaches in whimsical shapes of bunnies, Easter eggs, chickens and chicks. The solid collection also of white, milk and dark were in the shapes from the ocean – seashells, crabs, carps, oysters, mussels and fish.

 

Why the sea inspiration? I too wondered myself and found this on their website http://www.zchocolat.com/egg-chic-easter. Or read below an excerpt for the reason why:

 

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zChocolat Easter Collection – sea inspired shapes

“Symbol of the Christian faith, the fish is often used to represent Jesus. The other sea-shaped chocolates come from Jesus’s fishing “miracle” – as the legend tells he pulled up a net filled with sea creatures in the lake of Tibériade after fellow fishers had been coming home with empty nets for several days and were beginning to starve. The eggs, first Easter offering tradition, are a symbol of life and the rabbit, a symbol of spring and fertility.”

 

I think it is great that zChocolat honors their European traditions but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this wonderful gift of pleasure.

 

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zChocolat signature brand

Of course the sensual experience doesn’t end here. When you order online, you have options of personalizing your gift with choices of elegant packaging (assortments, zBoxes, basswood boxes and mahogany boxes). Their chocolates are packaged in their black signature boxes and the whole gift is placed in a black fabric pouch. You have the opportunity to personalize your own love message printed on a white card inserted in the pouch pocket. Options to accessorize with a special trinket or a heart shaped padlock with a 4-digit combination you can personalize like a special date you share with your sweetie or even a a date of a birthday.

 

zchocolat, easter, seashells, fish, carpNot sure whether zChocolate is for you? Only one way to find out… is to actually order a small collection to experience the pleasurable delights first hand. Go to: http://www.zchocolat.com/shop/en/114-easter-collection

 

These make the perfect gourmet gifts for your own scavenger hunts or even better surprise your sweetie by having it delivered to your sweetie’s work or home or placing it in their purses/bags for them to find later. Either way you present it, this will definitely bring a smile on their face.

 

Have an egg-cellent Easter with your sweetie. To view their chocolate collections go to: http://www.zchocolat.com

With Love From Provence

With Love From Provence

Zchocolates 'With Love from Provence' collection

Zchocolates ‘With Love from Provence’ collection

“With Love From Provence” 

 

Sophisticated elegance is the two words I would describe my experience with Zchocolat. Known for their ‘slick’ black signature packaging and of course their delectable treats that will get your fingers itching to touch and mouth watering just at the sight of these dark and colorful beauties.

 

First encountered Zchocolat when I was looking for special chocolate gift ideas that would leave a lasting impression and this company does exactly that. They really elevated gift personalization to the next level. When you see their website and actually see their works of art first hand, you will strongly agree with me. You’ll offer selection of distinctive and memorable gifts for the man or woman in your life for many occasions. Most popular time of the year? Of course Valentine’s Day with their chocolate hearts collection.

 

Zchocolates special fruit jellies and nougat collection

Zchocolates special fruit jellies and nougat collection

I am honored to have received their most popular chocolate assortment and their fruit jellies and nougat selection as part of their “With Love from Provence” collection. Personally not a fan of fruit jellies perhaps due to bad childhood memories of the hard texture and overwhelming amount of sugar, but I was surprised how yummy these were. Soft texture and hint of sweetness loaded with fruit bursting with each bite. Hmmm… cherry, apricot, strawberry, apply and raspberry. I just couldn’t stop at just one.

 

Love nougat when it is fresh, soft and chewy rather than hard and really sweet.  Zchocolat’s nougats were rich and very creamy which were saved for last.

 

Now the best part! Of course I can say the ‘best part’ cause I’m a woman who loves good quality chocolates especially preservative free. Normally I gravitate toward single origin bars as they are already packed with flavors and aromas, but must admit love their gourmet gems. Look at the pictures you can see why.

Display of their gourmet artisan chocolates

Display of their gourmet artisan chocolates

 

All presented nicely in rows you know this is one experience you will want to do again and again. Choose from white, milk (Ivory Coast) and dark (Venezuelan). What’s very interesting is each chocolate is numbered. How cool is that? Easy to figure out with the legend what it is rather than trying to guess based on design. Due to lack of preserves these beauties need to be consumed with a couple of weeks of receiving.

 

Packaging that guarantees fresh chocolates!

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Special temperature controlled packaging Zchocolates designed to ensure your chocolates and treats arrive fresh and in shape upon delivery.

Special temperature controlled packaging Zchocolates designed to ensure your chocolates and treats arrive fresh and in shape upon delivery.

This is one company that doesn’t skim on packaging!

 

Live in a hot city where you experience warm/hot temperatures and climates? Not to worry as Zchocolat got you covered. Your packaged comes in a silver reflective box filled with Styrofoam blocks to prevent from shifting and a number of temperature controlled refrigerant packs to keep the treats fresh and in shape upon delivery.

 

Personalization

 

Yes you can make any chocolate gift to suit your loved one’s personality. Customize the chocolate selection, perhaps have it all contained in a beautiful wooden box and add a personal note all put into a black fabric pouch for your loved one to bring a smile to their faces.

 

This gift package includes:

 

thechocolatedate.com zchocolates provence collection10 small websiteZ – flagship chocolates – sweet and salty caramel and a crunch praline made from slow roasted Piedmont hazelnuts

12 – blend of roasted Dutch sesame seeds and Valencia almond praline with finely ground caramelized almonds covered with 40% Ivory Coast milk chocolate

13- raspberry ganache paired with a hint of violet and drenched in 70% Venezuelan dark chocolate

14 – finely ground caramelized Iranian pistachios mixed with hazelnuts from Piedmont and covered with 40% Ivory Coast milk chocolate

15 – refreshing and acidulous lemon-almond paste surrounded with 70% Venezuelan dark chocolate

16 – solid 40% Ivory Coast milk chocolate with minced Venetian almonds

17 – praline made from piedmont hazelnuts and milk chocolate accented with the warm flavors of finely grated Sri Lankan coconut in 70% Venezuelan dark chocolate

18 –premium ground coffee from Kenya and Nicaragua blended with 62% dark chocolate and silk 40% milk chocolate ganache all covered with 70% Venezuelan dark chocolate

19 – walnut praline with phyllo dough in Ivory Coast milk chocolate giving it the crunchy texture. Sadly I’m afraid this one isn’t gluten free.

20 – light splash of orange in this creamy ganache in a smooth Ivory Coast chocolate

21 – tend almond paste perfumed with a delicate hint of rose cloaked in 70% Venezuelan dark chocolate

22 – surprising blend of freshly milled coriander seeds with citrus overtones and hazelnut praline surrounded with 40% Ivory Coast milk chocolate

23 – silky ganache of 62% dark Venezuelan dark chocolate surrounded by 70% Venezuelan dark chocolate and brightened with floral essence of violet

24 – flavors of pastries and honey in a 40% Ivory Coast milk chocolate ganache

 

Is your mouth watering yet? These are just a few from their collection. Be sure to visit their website: www.zchocolat.com for their complete array of decadent delights to gift yourself and your loved one. This will be one gift you will want to gift again and again.

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Ever Have Trouble Finding the Perfect Gift?

Ever Have Trouble Finding the Perfect Gift?

– by MonSun Chan | www.TheChocolateDate.com ©2012

Finding the perfect gift for your special someone can be challenging especially if they have everything. You can do the usual dinner and drinks, but sometimes you just want to make it extra special, creative and unique. Something your sweetie will enjoy and guarantee a smile on his/her face.

 

Well look no more. How about making it personal with novelty chocolates that fit in their favorite hobby or interest? Novelty chocolates are molded into different shapes to fit various themes like hearts for Valentine’s Day, pumpkins for Halloween and Santa Clause for Christmas.

 

Here are some ideas:

 

Image: Tender Lover Chocolates - Golf Shoes and Balls

Sports – whether as an active participant or spectator give the gift of chocolate in their sport of interest. If your sweetie loves golf you can gift them chocolate golf balls, golf clubs, golf shoes and golf tees in the choice of white, milk and chocolate. There’s hockey, volleyball, football, soccer, basketball, tennis and even fishing.

 

Games – so what kind of games is your sweetie into? You can find a variety of fun stuff that is not only playable, but edible too. To name a few there is Tetris, chess, checkers and poker (casino chips and playing cards).

 

Image: Gayles Chocolates Shoes visit www.gayleschocolates.com

Interests – is your sweetie into shoes? Handbags? Chocolate high heel shoes and handbags are all the rage. Each shoe is beautifully designed and decked out with all the bling. A piece of art that is too pretty to eat. This makes the perfect gift for a shoe lover.

 

Cigars – even a smoker can enjoy a chocolate fix with a chocolate cigar. Long tubes of chocolate wrapped and packaged like the real thing but of course much sweeter and richer. Many chocolatiers offers a variety of flavors and fillings. These would go well with a glass of whiskey, cognac or brandy.

 

These are just to name a few as there much more and you will find something that will fit your sweetie’s interests and passions. Just search online or visit your local chocolatier for their creations.

 

Here are couple of sites you can visit and see if they can help you with the perfect gift:

Chocolate Trading Company
– http://www.chocolatetradingco.com/chocolates/novelty-chocolates

Chocolate Fantasies
– http://chocolatefantasies.com

Salty and Sweet Chocolate Favor World
– http://www.chocolatefavorworld.com

Gayles chocolates
– http://www.gayleschocolates.com

 

Novelty chocolates makes great gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, but also for those ‘just because’ moments too. For example, chocolate gold medal or gold star is a great way to tell your sweetie they are 1st place in your heart. We all love to be reminded how wonderful and greatly appreciated we are.

 

Action step: find out what your sweetie is into and search online for novelty chocolates that fit.

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You’re Getting Hotter

You’re Getting Hotter

– by Divinity Chan | www.TheChocolateDate.com ©2014

Coming up with new date ideas can be challenging but look no further! “The Chocolate Date” Diva has a few up her sleeves to help make your date fun and schweeet.

 

Now it doesn’t have to be Easter or any other special holiday to run a treasure or scavenger hunt. This idea can be used anytime you feel like playing a fun game with your sweetie. It is fun for both the Planner and the Finder. How? The Planner, I’m assuming it is you, gets to drum up all the fun surprises and clues that the Finder must try to figure out. And who doesn’t like finding chocolate treats and treasures. That’s the whole fun of it.

 

Get your Chocolate Date to follow a series of clues that leads to the hidden treasure like treats, chocolates, love coupons or any other “treasure” you come up with.

 

Ideas:

1. Maps – You can create simple maps of just one room in your home using furniture as landmarks and easy to follow directions such as “start at the entrance of your room, take six paces west, turn left at the couch and take two paces towards the plant.”

For simple maps, keep the number of steps to five or six clues. Want more complexity? Add more clues and even make the map larger to encompass other areas like the yard, other rooms in the home or places where you last went on dates. Sky’s the limit!

 

2. Riddles – Using riddles where your sweetie must figure out the answer. Turn the answer into the next clue that will lead to the next riddle. How many riddles to have? This will be entirely up to you but three is an easy number. The third one can lead your sweetie to the grand prize.

 

3. You are getting warmer – most simple and easiest idea of them all. Get a bunch of fun treats that your sweetie will love and hide them all over your place. You can make it easy or hard to find. You can help guide your sweetie (if you wish) by saying “You’re getting warmer” if they were getting closer to the object or “You’re getting hotter” as they get even closer. If they are heading further away you can say, “You are getting colder” or “You are freezing”.

 

Tips:

1. Allow plenty of time to plan and organize the hunt to ensure success.

2. After you have the hunt all planned out, walk through it to make sure everything flows nicely.

3. Have extra clues just in case your sweetie needs more help in getting to the next clue or treasure.

4. K.I.S.S. – Follow the formula of ‘Keep It Simple and Sweet’. But it doesn’t hurt to throw in a few curve balls to have your sweetie on their toes. 🙂

 

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All rights reserved ©2014 The Chocolate Date. Divinity C. created “The Chocolate Date”. It’s all about things to do on a date using chocolate where you can get turned on and excited again and again. Intrigued? Visit http://www.TheChocolateDate.com to download your complimentary eBook “11 Yummy Date Ideas for Chocolate Lovers” to get started on yummy gooey love.

Looking for the best gift ideas? Save guesswork & frustration with this… Chocolate Love Coupons

Looking for the best gift ideas? Save guesswork & frustration with this… Chocolate Love Coupons

by Divinity C “The Chocolate Date Diva” ©2012-2014 All rights reserved.

The Chocolate Date Love Coupons | Red Roses by © Elena Schweitzer

Can you relate?

What to do when a special occasion comes up only to find yourself stuck for ideas?

And since it is for your sweetie, it has to be something extra special she/he will love. No pressure of course. 

Gift buying can be challenging.

Here’s the answer that will take out the frustration and guesswork… Love coupons!

These work perfectly like gift certificates where your sweetie can get whatever their heart desires. Love coupons give options and choices of the types of experiences and gifts they want. This creates more romance, love and fun minus the pressure and guess work. What a great opportunity to gift your sweetie with your love and your time.

You can design your own coupons, download them free online, buy them from local gift/adult specialty shops or save time and money by shopping online at your favorite store like Amazon.

Here are some simple love coupons ideas:

The Chocolate Date Chocolate Love Coupons makes perfect gift | Red Roses by © Elena Schweitzer
– Chocolate Full Body Massage
Chocolate Bath (with rose petals, truffles, romantic music, and champagne)
– Chocolate Dinner (3 course meal)
– Chocolate Hersey Kissing Session (kissing tip using Hersey kiss)
– One Decadent Chocolate Dessert
Chocolate Body Painting
– Chocolate Foot Massage
– Chocolate Hand Massage
– One Decadent Box of my Favorite Chocolates
– Personalized Chocolate Love Poem
– Chocolate Covered Strawberries & Red Wine
– Or… give your sweetie blank coupons to fill out their own desired gift/experience that you will gladly gift.

To help you and as a thank you gift for being such a great The Chocolate Date fan, I have created “Chocolate Love Coupons” that you can download and use immediately… free! See below to download your template.

Simply print, cut out and write the gift or experience. You can print these on nice paper and place them in a nice box wrapped with a ribbon, in an envelope with a single stemmed rose or with a box of their favorite chocolates to give to your sweetie. These Chocolate Love coupons are a great gifts that can be customized and personalized to your Chocolate Date’s experience that both of you can share.

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So Much Chocolate & So Little Time

So Much Chocolate & So Little Time

 – by Mon Sun Chan | www.TheChocolateDate.com ©2012

Image: Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

Looking for something new to excite you and your Chocolate Date’s tastebuds?

 

Plus I have a tip that will help save you time. Wanna know what it is? Keeping reading.

 

Everyday creative and inventive chocolatiers are coming up with new concoctions and flavors to make your mouth water.  They do such a great job that you just want to sink your teeth into and devour them all. Plus it’s eye candy for the eyes! Can you relate?

 

Well, here’s fun idea to help you save time shopping so you can share these moments of pleasures with your Chocolate Date savoring these delicious treats. What is it? Chocolate Tasting clubs!

 

Normally each month, chocolatiers will send a box of their chocolates to your front door step. Depending on the chocolatier, the chocolates they send may be the newest flavor of the month they want you to try before it is officially released to the general public. Or, it may be something special from their signature collections. It’s like being the VIP where you get first dibs before everyone else does.

 

Here are some benefits you can find that chocolatiers MAY offer:
– chocolate sent to your home monthly. These may include bars, truffles and signature pieces
– free samples or other related yummy treats along with your order
– discounts on future purchases
– invites to members only special events
– exclusive monthly offers
– free shipping
note: membership structures will vary between clubs so be sure to read the details of what it entails.

 

To save time:
– set it up to have the chocolates delivered to your Chocolate Date’s home to save you the trip and the expenses of gas and parking. Plus you can surprise your sweetie each month with yummy decadent treats.
– use this opportunity to plan in advance for future birthdays, celebrations, anniversaries and ‘just because’ occasions.

 

Where to find these chocolate clubs? Check out your favorite local chocolatier in your area or search online using keywords such as: Chocolate tasting clubs, chocolate membership, chocolate of the month, and chocolate club.

 

Well-known brands that offer clubs include:
Godiva’s Chocolate Rewards Club
– Hotel Chocolat’s Chocolate Tasting Club
Vosges Chocolate’s Chocolate of the Month Club
Roger’s Tasting Club

 

This is a great way to check out new chocolates with your Chocolate Date without leaving the comforts of your home and so easy to set it up months to a year in advance. Surprise your sweetie with these delightful treats and reaps the benefits of being a member that your taste buds will love your for.

 

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All rights reserved ©2012 The Chocolate Date. Mon Sun C. created “The Chocolate Date”. It’s all about things to do on a date using chocolate where you can get turned on and excited again and again. Intrigued? Visit http://www.TheChocolateDate.com to download your complimentary eBook “10 Yummy Date Ideas for Chocolate Lovers” to get started on yummy gooey love.

 

 

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