It starts with the Holiday 2013's festive packaging ---an annual creative effort with this year's theme A Midwinter Night's Dream…
Each morsel, whether a Maison truffle, creamy filled ganache, mouth watering solid chocolate or deluxe Macaron à la Ganache- is a revelation as to what quality really is. Seriously, have just once, and what goes for chocolate in the USA becomes a bad joke on tastebuds.
|Limited Edition Gift Box of Macarons $22|
|Duo of Pears, Noire de Noir, Blanc de Noir, Noir Hazelnut, Nougat Dark and Nougat Creamy -The Midwinter Night's Dream Coffrets $48, $67, $98|
Elegance personified-with "a nod to the carols of yesteryear…"La Mason du Chocolat's seasonal offerings of chocolate and macarons crafted by master chocolatier Nicolas Cloiseau result from months of sourcing the exact ingredients and combining them just so…a process unique to this adored French company.
The results are out of this world delicious---
An artistic showpiece-extremely limited edition -made entirely by hand= A Midwinter Night's Dream ($1,150)-is composed of two finely crafted frameworks in dark chocolate, latticework of reindeer and stars chiseled in white chocolate, open disks of dark chocolate stars covered in gold leaf, roasted crunchy nuts of the mend ant (almonds from Valencia, pistachios from Sicily, hazelnuts from Piedmont, pecans, chocolate beads and nibs) set in milk chocolate. Even the base is chocolate and edible. Measuring 17.7 inches height/15.3" diameter/8.7" in depth this 13.11 lbs masterpiece is a big wow.
The health benefits of chocolates-found in cocoa flavonoids contain powerful phyto-nutrients and theo-bromine that help support cardiovascular circulation…oh as if we needed another reason to indulge.
Another way to get the benefits-sans the calories and inexpensively= the chocolate flavored powder CocoaVia-that comes in a sweetened-or not, versions-as well as fruit flavors (Summer Citrus, Cran-Raspberry). Mix in coffee, milk (hot, cold) or sprinkle on oatmeal or hot air popped corn (what we did with the sweetened chocolate flavor-authentically chocolate tasting it was too).
At 20 calories/per packet -the Cocoapro™ extract is an easy, portable way to get the circulatory benefits.
FYI CocoaVia supplements are convenient capsules-good for those with food allergies.
|Deck the halls…from Frontgate and Ballard Designs Southern Living-on HSN|
|Frontgate Wooden Nutcrackers|
Who knew that this on television channel and increasingly popular online resource for unique gifts -now include select, limited edition items from many brands…including the aforementioned and home decor gifts (Grandinroad), fashion labels (David Meister, Vince Camato), jewelry (RJ Graziano, Robert Lee Morris, Rhajana Khan), Beauty (Lorac, Trish McEnvoy, Lancome)…to name a very few.
|Grandin Road battery operated candles-no worry about open flames-authentic looking too|
|HSN Ballard Designs Southern Living glassware|
OKAY, not festive but necessary-emergency battery, lights, radio, car cables…serious back-up for when the electricity goes out.
|other deluxe games sets-family fav Scrabble|