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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