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The Hit List – Valentine’s Day Most Luxurious Chocolates

Valentine’s Day is always a season for love, hearts and of course, chocolates! If you’re looking for ideas to impress your loved one this season, check out these chocolicious treats from around town!


Beschle

Beschle is a family-owned Swiss confiserie and chocolaterie that offers the fine quality chocolates like Champagne Truffles and Valentine's Day favourite, Rosewater Hearts.

Next to diamonds, champagne and chocolates are a girl’s best friend. This Valentine’s Day, pamper your date with an exquisite pink box of Beschle’s Champagne Truffles. Established in 1898, Beschle is a family-owned Swiss confiserie and chocolaterie that offers a rich history of chocolate making, and has received accolades from the London Academy of Chocolate for some of its single-bean origin bars.

These white chocolate truffles are dusted with pink icing sugar, and have an oh-so-soft milk chocolate ganache centre that is infused with Marc de Champage (Champagne brandy). Another Valentine’s favourite from Beschle’s praline collection is the Rosewater Hearts that has a soft ganache centre accented with a baby’s touch of rosewater.

Price: S$13 – S$72 (packages range from a single “Jeweler’s Box” to a 32-praline box)

Mandarin Gallery, 333 Orchard Road #01-18; Takashimaya, 391 Orchard Rd, #B204-7-3, +65 6836 6160, www.beschlechocolatier.com


Venchi

Known for its luxuriantly rich and intense chocolates, Venchi is a celebrated Italian gourmet chocolatier that offers the award-winning Chocaviar collection and signature Cubigusto collection.

Partnered by luxury fashion house Giorgio Armani to produce chocolates for its Armani/Dolci line, Venchi is a celebrated Italian gourmet chocolatier, known for its luxuriantly rich and intense chocolates.

Spoil your loved one with chocolates from Venchi’s pick-and-mix selection that offers the award-winning Chocaviar collection with flavours like caramel and crème brulee. Another one of Venchi’s signature is the Cubigusto collection of creamy triple-layered gianduja made from Piedmont hazelnuts with flavours such as truffle paste, coffee and pistachio. And why not indulge in Venchi’s Cuba Rum pralines, which are liquor-soaked cherries coated in a smooth dark chocolate couverture.

Price: S$13 – S$72 (packages start from a box of four). S$18 onwards for Venchi’s pick-and-mix selection, buy 200g and get a complimentary Venchi tin.

Venchi (Takashimaya), 391 Orchard Rd, Basement 2, +65 9025 2123


The Chocolat Factory

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day in style with some of The Chocolat Factory’s chic packaging!

Having a knack for combining chocolate with aesthetics, The Chocolat Factory, has been a winner of numerous design awards, thanks to founder Michel Laline’s expertise gained from being an architect and interior designer.

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day in style with some of The Chocolat Factory’s chic packaging that range from a sleek black Tin Box to a bold-coloured Strip Box containing a mix of dark, milk and white chocolate hearts that scream “Love and Emotions”. Otherwise, surprise your lover with a bouquet of The Chocolat Factory’s Happy Lollis that are designed to smitten anyone who receives them.

Price: S$20 – S$50 (Valentine’s Day collection). Happy Lollies are at S$10 per lolli.

The Chocolat Factory, 65 Airport Boulevard, L2-LR3 Departure/Check-In Hall Central Changi Airport Terminal 3; 1 Raffles Place, #01-06 OUB Centre; 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #B1-13A Great World City; 10 Sinaran Drive, #01-39 Novena Square 2


The Fullterton Chocolate Buffet

Be treated to a special Chocolate Fountain flowing with pink-strawberry white chocolate and other desserts this Valentine’s season, specially created by The Fullerton’s Pastry Chef Chris Busschaert.

Planning to take your date somewhere special, where the two of you could indulge in an evening of sweet delights? On 14 February, The Fullerton Chocolate Buffet will be offering an evening of specially created desserts by The Fullerton’s Pastry Chef Chris Busschaert.

Be treated to a special Chocolate Fountain flowing with pink-strawberry white chocolate, and fall in love with Fullerton’s Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake that is delicately fragrant with rose petals. Just to put you in the mood for love, there is also a selection of heart-shaped pralines and raspberry-flavoured Red & Pink Choux de Paris (French cream puffs). To sweeten the deal, don’t forget to try the Fullteron’s signature Hot Chocolate Counter that allows you to choose your preferred cocoa percentage and the spices to go along with your hot cocoa.

Price: S$38++ per person, S$42++ for special Valentine’s Day Chocolate Buffet (only on 14 February)

Courtyard Lobby, The Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullterton Square, +65 6877 8128


SINS

As the name suggests, the mere indulgence of these specially designed Valentine’s pralines are sinful in itself.

SINS offers a range of specially designed Valentine’s pralines that are seductive, sensuous and enticing. One praline that will certainly have you head over heels for is the “Chained to Your Heart” white chocolate feuilletine, which is textured with crepes dentelles (crispy oven-baked pancake). The fruit-flavoured pralines such as the “Passionately Yours” white chocolate peach praline and the “Cherish” blueberry milk chocolate praline, are definitely not to be missed either.

SINS also offers a service that allows you to customise your Valentine’s Day gifts with personal messages. Orders must be made 2 – 3 days in advance.

Price: S$13 – S$50, Valentine’s packages start from a two-piece praline box.

SINS Chocolate, 176 Orchard Road, #01-K6 Centrepoint; 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-85 Millenia Walk; 9 Raffles Place, #01-17 Republic Plaza

This article is reproduced from The Chocolate Space’s contribution on Lifestyleasia Singapore on 3 Feb 2012.