Sunday, 1 April 2012

zChocolat Easter Box...One Heck of a Treat!

I was lucky enough to be sent an early Easter treat last week...a zChocolat Easter Box. Now when I say this was one heck of a treat, I really mean it and here's why...

zChocolat chocolates are handmade and crafted by world champion French chocolatier Pascal Caffet. Their chocolates are made with all natural ingredients, contain no preservatives, very little sugar, high cocoa content, no alcohol and 100% pure cocoa butter. Pascal also uses the finest ingredients: Valencia almonds from Spain or Piedmont hazelnuts from Italy, the finest French cream and butter and the purest cocoa butter from beans harvested around the world. Their USP is about unveiling a new way of giving chocolate through an original, luxurious and customisable hand-crafted gift. As you can see, the above picture is what welcomed me when I opened the package from zChocolat. My Easter box was nestled inside a gorgeous pull-string, cloth bag that had their logo on the front, aswell as a cute pocket which held two little booklets. One was a personalised message and the other was a little catalogue of photo's and descriptions of all of their chocolates, in English, French and Spanish, along with a short biography of Pascal.

Another USP of theirs is that Pascal Caffet has created 26 French chocolates, numbered from 0-24, plus the Z chocolate. They have more information on their original range of chocolates on their website. I received a special box of chocolates, especially hand-crafted for Easter.


My chocolates were encased in their popular keep-sake Zenith box, decorated just for Easter. The basswood box is laser engraved with playful bunnies and butterflies, accompanied by a flower and an Easter egg. Inside the box are two black card boxes, containing the chocolates themselves, with the zChocolat website on the front. There were 36 chocolates in total; 12 pralines in the first layer and 24 fritures (solid chocolate) in the second layer. All of my chocolates were moulded in Easter themed shapes, for example: bunnies, chicks and fish. Excuse the lack of chocolates in the first box (in the picture), these are the pralines and are my definite favourite! The way the Easter box is described on the website, I think one layer is supposed to be egg shaped milk, dark and white pralines, but I didn't have them, so maybe they ran out? However, bare in mind that mine was a sample, so I can't imagine them sending you something you aren't expecting if you are ordering from the website and know what you're ordering. The chocolates sure do bring back memories for me. I used to go to France and Belgium on school trips and always used to buy chocolate to bring back with me from their shops and they taste so similar to these ones, I think it's the quality of the chocolate! They also remind me of the Guylian Belgian chocolates you can find in most supermarkets, you know the ones shaped like sea horses and shells? Just the taste, it's so familiar to me, I absolutely love French/Belgian chocolate!

A few examples of the chocolate shapes.
Inside a praline chocolate.
Inside a solid chocolate.

This box of chocolates alone is £46.62. I know what you're all thinking, that it seems a lot to pay for a box of chocolates? That's exactly what I thought and for me personally, I couldn't justify spending this amount of money on a box of chocolates that would be gone within days. Don't get me wrong, you won't be disappointed by the quality of the chocolates, the customisations, the special touches or the delivery time. Also, you must not forget that the chocolates are hand made, hand crafted by a world champion and that zChocolat have won many awards. There are also no horrible ingredients in these chocolates and the finest ingredients are used. So you can kind of see where they get their pricing from. However, this is before customisation. To include a personal message and card is free, but to add a personal engraving (see below picture), wrapping paper, a heart lock, accessories, or a concierge service will cost you more and then you have to add delivery on top. Prices for these depend on what you choose in each category, but the check out process is really straight forward and everything is set out clearly for you to choose from.

The chocolates are shipped from Aix-en-Provence in France where they are hand made and zChocolat ship worldwide! Mine didn't take long to arrive at all and arrived in mint condition. Now, I don't want to put you off checking out the website full stop because of the price of my box of chocolates. Their range of chocolates start from £16.17, which I feel is a little bit more affordable as a gift or even if you want to treat yourself and there is no denying that their chocolates are luxurious and tasty! They have been making their way around my household pretty quickly. I had to stop people from eating them before I took pictures for my post, ha!

So anyone out there that wants to treat their loved one, a family member or a friend to a bespoke gift of chocolates, then I would say this is definitely an option and the receiver will not be disappointed, I know I wasn't!

Happy Easter!

Much Love,
Gem XxOo

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