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By: Aakriti Gupta
We are all aware of the splendour of fashion brands such as Gucci, Prada, Chanel and so many more out there in the world that mark our signature clothing style. But are you familiar with the luxury chocolates that can bring heaven down your throat?
There is a hidden chocolatier in all of us, from a cute infant to an old man! Milk chocolate truffles, caramelised and roasted hazelnut pralines, or a box full of dark, intense chocolate can make everyone’s heart glow up!
Whether it’s Christmas, a wedding, Valentine’s week, or International Chocolate Day, opening the boxes of luxury chocolates is the best present in the world! Especially when it comes with a mouth-watering delightful buttery taste!
Although chocolates are not essentially addressed in relationship with Men, we understand that every men, craves them. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t like a good luxury chocolate. Without further ado, we are here with some of the most luxury brands of chocolates that men can indulge in.
From a humble beginning in a home workshop in Brussels 95 years ago to being the official chocolatier of the Royal court of Belgium. Godiva has been the world’s iconic and high-quality chocolate brand available in more than 100 countries in the world.
In recent news, we saw some resemblance in Beyonce’s new album cover with the famous Lady Godiva painting by John Collier. And like John Collier, Pierre Draps Sr. was also heavily influenced by Lady Godiva. In 1926 Pierre Draps Sr., named their own home chocolate brand after the Legend of the Lady Godiva.
Maintaining their Belgian craftsmanship for years, they have a huge collection ranging from delicious truffle collections, chocolate bars, and wrapped chocolates to bulk chocolates.
Whatever your preference is, either for dark or milk. you can get lost in the assortment of their signature kosher chocolates, biscuits, pretzels, delicious strawberry-covered chocolates and so much more.
Lindt & Sprüngli
What can be more savouring than chocolate with a smooth, velvety, creamy, melt-in-mouth feel? Do you know who discovered this recipe?
The world’s first melting chocolate was invented by the brand founder Rodolphe Lindt which contributed significantly to maintaining the worldwide reputation of high-quality Swiss chocolate.
The Lindt and Sprüngli brands are a collaboration of five different brands Lindt, Ghirardelli, Russell Stover, Caffarel and Hofbauer, and Küfferle comprising over 2500 products of chocolate.
Their luxury collection furnishes you with a mix of pralines, sea salt bars, white chocolate truffles, mint chocolate, and dar caramel bars that give you bliss in each bite!
Who doesn’t like a romantic story that began over the love for sweets and chocolates? The couple Guy Foubert and Liliane, 1958 founded this brand by merging their passion for chocolates by combing their first names into Chocolatier-GuyLian
Another Belgian masterpiece is esteemed for its iconic seashell and seahorse chocolates. Each seashell is made up of dark, white, and milk chocolate and a creamy roasted hazelnut praline filling.
Their high-quality ingredients are Fairtrade West-African cocoa beans and hand-selected Mediterranean hazelnuts that promise ‘melt the mouth’ goodness.
You can also enjoy the refined taste of their chocolate tablets with the taste of Salted Caramel, Raspberry, and Caramelised Almonds. They also have sugar-free tablets and dark vegan chocolate tablets.
This Italian brand, founded by Michael Ferrero in 1982 is one of the international brands in chocolate confectionery that offers an exclusive golden collection that comes with a fusion of milk chocolate, roasted hazelnut, and wafer crunch.
Ferrero Rocher is the world’s largest consumer of hazelnut accounting for 25% of the hazelnut supply. Their chocolates are made up of the key ingredient ‘lecithin’ known for reducing depression and anxiety.
Thanks to its inimitable golden wrapper, it imparts a profound high consumer appeal.
When it comes to love and delicious food, the French make it better. But whenever it comes to sweet delicious chocolates, the French make the best. Starting in 1925, The Richart Family has won Ruban Bleau more than seven times, it is one of the most prestigious awards a confectioner can receive.
He turned the traditional chocolate pattern upside down and invented micro chocolates with novel designs on the top weighing only 0.14 ounces.
Their dark or milk chocolates are filled with soft salted butter caramel coulis, flavoured with Madagascar vanilla or raspberry, Richart is in a league of its own. Try their chocolate squares, macrons, and mini-macarons as well for a blissful moment.
Artisan Du Chocolat
It’s never easy to build your own label but this London-based brand made some big moves to make it happen. From conching their own chocolate bars to sending chocolate gingers into space to opening three Michelin-starred restaurants.
Founded in 2000 by Irish-origin Gerald Coleman, they come with their own signature style of chocolates made in the form of pearls made up of finest dark ganache encasing a smooth praline as beautiful as nature intended.
Another signature O’s collection, quite elegant, unique, and whimsical comes with 10 different flavours stretching from fresh garden mint to apricot and tonka, lychee to rose or pecan, and cinnamon.
You can also go through their assortment of boxes, bars, chocolate truffles, alcohol truffles, self-treat munchies and so many more.
A Bangalore-based brand offers you real couverture chocolates for your every unique mood and emotion. Their chocolates are made from an authentic ingredient that will bring back the nostalgia and sweet memories of your loved ones.
When asked about how the brand balances out the various flavours to give out their new signature products for both Indian and International appeal, Mr. Vimal Sharma, Founder-Director and CEO, SMOOR stated “We develop these new flavours while keeping our customers’ needs and preferences in mind. For instance, we use pralines in our chocolate which are nuts with caramelised sugar that are powdered and topped for crunch and flavour. We use a variety of nuts –from peanuts, sesame, walnut and coffee, coriander seeds, and almonds. These pralines offer a unique blend that adds texture and varied flavour profiles to our chocolates”.
Secondly, pertaining to the origin of their ingredient that makes them luxurious, to which Mr Sharma answered “We work with the best chocolate manufacturers and source to our specific needs – the percentage of chocolate (From 35% to 85% & more) and the region (Ghana, Ivory Coast, Venezuela, and many others) Even the ingredients added to our chocolates are sourced from select regions to get the best quality e.g. California Almonds for our signature Almond Sensation chocolates”.
SMOOR brings you a curated treasure-trove of a delicious array of true chocolate treats created with rich ingredients, skilled craftsmanship, and much love and care.
Luxurious chocolates are premium products that even people with sweet teeth cannot resist. Fancier chocolates are in many ways healthier than cheap chocolates as they are made with nutritious cocoa beans and exotic chemically free other ingredients. So, what are you waiting for? Go to your favourite store and buy them this International Chocolate Day.