The most romantic day of the year is only a few weeks away, and no matter your personal feelings about Valentine’s Day, there’s only one way to keep out of the doghouse, gentlemen: shower your SO with as much flowers, jewellery and chocolate you can muster on the special day. Trust us, the staples never get old.
If you don’t want to get sucked into the commercial scams and marketing hoopla of Valentine’s, go for a classic, time-honoured option such as La Maison du Chocolat‘s Valentine’s Day chocolate gift boxes (available from 25 January onwards), this year created around the theme “Stolen Moments”. Master chocolatier Nicolas Cloiseau’s latest chocolate creations take us on a romp through Paris, with lighthearted scenes traipsing through the city, from a secret Parisian rendezvous to a chic cocktail at sunset.
To conjure up the idea of a quiet Parisian morning, chef Nicolas has created an espresso chocolate to start, a creamy and crunchy bite filled with round floral notes. Next, saunter down to a hidden cafe with a caramel apple-flavoured chocolate — red, fruity and tangy. A raspberry chocolate bonbon boasts muted rose notes and candied violet, while a dark chocolate ganache rounds out the bunch, reminiscent of an intimate Parisian bar with notes of lemon, rosemary and lemon basil.
The thoughtful, handmade chocolate ganaches are presented in boxes of 8, 15 and 24 pieces in specially-designed ‘Stolen Moments’ gift boxes (HK$265-660). Alternatively, opt for the standard heart-shaped box with a selection of La Maison du Chocolat’s signature sweets (HK$440-1,280). If verbal affection isn’t your forte, let these individual handcrafted chocolates do the talking this year — wrapped in the luxurious chocolate house’s signature ribbon, there’s no quicker way to a woman’s heart this Valentine’s.
La Maison du Chocolat boutiques: Shop 246, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong; Shop 1025, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong; Shop 2006, IFC mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong; Shop 114, Landmark Prince’s, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong; Shop B03A, Lee Garden One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
This article is sponsored by La Maison du Chocolat.