Thursday, February 13, 2014

Artisan Chocolates - Perfect Gifts This Valentine's Day

6 Artisan Chocolates That Will Make Perfect Gifts This Valentine's Day


Buying a gift for your significant other for the upcoming Valentine's Day? Or just plainly looking for an excuse to break your diet? Whichever it is, this rundown of Manila's best artisan chocolates deserves a bookmark.


Sinfully by Makati Shangri-La
2nd Level, Greenbelt 5,
Ayala Center, Makati
(63 2) 729-6626

First kisses are never forgotten. More so if they're bold, rich, and surprisingly fruity like these lip-shaped chocolates by Sinfully by Makati Shangri- La. On your next date, give your date a French Kiss-- a dark chocolate bonbon with raspberry filling and a fruity taste that lingers in your mouth. We're 101% sure she won't resist!

Grand Marnier
Machiavelli Chocolatier
-Ground Level, Rustan's Glorietta 4
-Rustan's Department Store, Ground Floor, Cosmetics & Fragrances Area,  Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA.

Not too long ago, eager entrepreneur and serious chocoholic Raul Matias opened Machiavelli Chocolatier in Glorietta 4. Named after his favorite author, Machiavelli's creations aim to marry Asian flavors with traditional European chocolates. The result? A delectable range of bite-sized chocolates blocks that feature flavors like the classic Grand Marnier, Purple Yam Yum (ube), Guava Asia, Yema de Manila, and Lychee Noir.

(photo courtesy of Royce')

Branches in Powerplant Mall, Greenbelt 5, Trinoma, Eastwood Mall, and Robinsons Ermita

If 'silky' and 'melts in your mouth' are your preferred adjectives when describing your kind of chocolate, we suggest that you head to the Royce' kiosk nearest you and grab as many Nama Chocolates as you can afford. Velvety smooth and highly sensitive to temperature, Nama chocolates are fine mixtures of quality chocolate and cream. They're incredible; we can't help but think that Nama chocolates are Japan's best gift to the world, next to sushi.

Theo and Philo: Good Chocolates, Great Packaging

Theo and Philo Artisan Chocolates
Available in ECHO Store, Ritual, Shangri-La Hotel Gift Shop Makati, Shangri-La Hotel Gift Shop Edsa, and other outlets
Mobile: +63 920 4315650

Labuyo, green mango, calamansi, and Pili-- these are just some of the truly Pinoy flavors of Theo and Philo Artisan Chocolates. Get any of these bold and exciting flavors that will make you rethink about Filipino-made chocolates.

Hand Made Truffles

Paulene Chocolats Suisses
Available at Chuck's Deli, Serendra, Blue Kitchen (Rockwell, Shangri-la), Santis Delicatessen (Rockwell, Yakal, Forbes)
Call: +632 8719989

Put a smile on your special girl's face with Paulene chocolates that are neatly kept in dainty pink packaging. Paulene Chocolat Suisses are Cuillere's chef Katrina Kuhn-Alcantara's sweet creations. She currently has two product lines: Hand Made Truffles and Ganache which can be further sorted into 6 types. Click this for a complete list of flavors.

Just a teeny portion of what's available in Chocolate Fire
Chocolate Fire
Ground Level, PDCP Bldg.
Leviste St. cor. Rufino St., Salcedo, Makati
(+63 2) 840-3473

Chocolate Fire is a chocoholic's paradise. The brand born in Melbourne City, Australia, offers a wide range of chocolate experience-- from the simple pleasure of eating a chocolate-dipped strawberry to the grandeur of tasting one of the world’s finest chocolates: a pure couverture chocolate from Belgium.
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