I’ll say it straight out. This is the prettiest chocolate box I’ve ever received. By far.
It’s also the first time I’ve ever been sent chocolates in a solid mahogany box. Finished with a gold heart and a brass clasp, and wrapped in a beautiful cloth bag, I don’t think you could hope to find a better example of stylish packaging.
Inside the amazing looking box is a gold lined lid and two simple card boxes containing the chocolates themselves. zChocolat have a wide range of options to choose from, but mine contains an assortment of 12 chocolate hearts on the top layer and 15 signature milk, white and dark chocolates on the bottom.
Looking at the website, there are a variety of customisation options available for the packaging, including an optional engraved brass plate, USB key and even a concierge delivery service. This is how to make a real impact on Valentine’s Day.
The chocolates are handmade in Aix-en-Provence in France by chocolatier Pascal Caffet and shipped worldwide by DHL. Mine arrived promptly and in perfect condition.
I’m not going to go into lengthy description of the individual chocolates, as frankly there’s too many. Included with the box is what amounts to a small, glossy paperback book with photos and descriptions of each of the chocolates in English, French and Spanish, along with a short biography of Pascal.
They’re made from 70% Venezuelan dark and 40% Ivory Coast milk chocolate, and helpfully the signature truffles (which all look the same) have numbers on them, so you can easily tell what’s what. As you’d expect with French chocolates, there’s lots of pralines and nuts along with some ganaches and a caramel.
There’s no really unusual or challenging flavour combinations, but each chocolate is very well made and very tasty.
So you’ve decided this would make an excellent Valentine’s gift and you’d like to know how much they cost, right? Well, this box of 27 chocolates will set you back a cool £100. That makes them one of the most expensive boxes of chocolates I’ve ever had. If you go for all the optional packaging and delivery extras, you can expect to pay closer to £150.
So this is not your average Valentine’s gift. For the average person, something like Matcha Chocolat’s selection is better value. But if your budget can handle it and you really want to make an impact, this selection will leave your loved one with a beautiful mahogany jewellery box that will forever remind them of how thoughtful (and rich) you are.