Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Z Chocolat - Premium Handmade French Chocolate
I was very excited when I arrived home to see a DHL parcel all the way from France addressed to me. Opening up the parcel, revealed a black cloth bag with a beautifully handcrafted mahogany gift box with my name engraved on the brass plate.
The gift is from Z Chocolat, an online seller of premium handmade French chocolate. zChocolat was founded in November 1999 in collaboration with Pascal Caffet, World Champion Chocolatier & Pastry Chef 2013.
Lifting up the lid of the box, revealed another brass plate this time with my blog name engraved. This is the Ruby Box (US$145.85) which is one of the Mahogany Collection and part of the many collections available on the online site. The mahogany box is handcrafted in the Jura region of France and each unique box is stamped with a serial number.
Welcoming me in the lovely ruby box is 30 chocolates handmade in France by Pascal Caffet, World Champion Chocolatier & Pastry Chef 2013. The unique shaped chocolates are numbered from 0 to 24 plus the Z chocolate representing 26 different recipes created with zealous adherence to French tradition, little sugar, no preservatives, high cocoa content, no colouring, no alcohol and 100% pure cocoa butter.
I am surprise that the chocolate is still in perfect condition after making the long journey all the way from France to Singapore. This is possible because Z Chocolat uses a special 'summer packaging' that guarantees the chocolate will arrive in perfect condition anywhere in the world.
Some of the chocolates I tried are,
White Z Chocolate - Combination of a soft, sweet and salty caramel and a crunchy praline made from slow roasted Piedmont hazelnuts covered in white chocolate.
Chocolate 1 - A distinctive Madagascar Bourbon vanilla ganache infused with the Provencale essence of lavender and covered in 70% Venezuelan dark choc0late.
Chocolate 11 - A bite sized version of molten chocolate cake drizzled with raspberry coulis: fresh seedless raspberry whisked into a creamy ganache of dark chocolate and cocoa butter and covered in 40% Ivory Coast milk chocolate.
Chocolate 14 - Finely ground caramelized Iranian pistachios mixed with hazelnuts from Piedmont and covered in 40% Ivory Coast milk chocolate
Chocolate 21 - This spicy ganache combines French gingerbread spices, Vietnamese star anise, cinnamon from Sri Lanka, licorice from Iran and Syria and pure ginger from China and Nigeria. All covered in 70% Venezuelan dark chocolate.
If you still cracking your brain for your next gift, Z Chocolat probably is an ideal gift that comes with delish premium chocolate handmade by renowned chocolatier. It allows one to customize their own message on the handcraft gift box. You can also pick your own personalized assortment of chocolates if you have a particular favourite flavour. Delivery to Singapore is about 2 to 4 days
To find out more about Z Chocolat, visit their website at http://www.zchocolat.com or you can download their Iphone/Ipad application.