In India, Diwali ushers in the gifting season. From friends and family to corporate clients and business partners, Diwali is the time when gifts become a way of giving thanks and expressing gratitude. Traditionally, Diwali gifts always meant a big box of dry fruits or mithai. If you’re looking to give your Diwali present some oomph, check out these chocolates.
You can never go wrong with chocolate! Dark chocolates has antioxidants and popping a square of chocolate leads to the release of happy hormones, making it the ultimate comfort food. Plus it’s delicious and versatile. Good quality chocolate is an expensive affair, which is perhaps one of the reasons why it makes a unique gifting choice.
Here are some hampers by some exclusive chocolate brands in India:
Blue Ribbon Hamper from Foodhall
Food and lifestyle store Foodhall, under its Blue Ribbon collection, has two decadent chocolate hampers—Quartet and Voyager Chocolat. Quartet, priced at Rs 2100, offers a curation of popular chocolates such as After Eight, Ferrero Rocher, Lindt Lindor, Loacker Dark – Noir and Cacao Chips Dark Chocolate. While Voyager Chocolat, priced at Rs 3800, is a decadent DIY brownie kit that includes a whisk, square baking tin, an apron, a mason jar and brownie mix (all-purpose flour, castor sugar, baking powder, crushed walnuts and sprig of vanilla beans).
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Festive Treats from Du Rhone Chocolatier
Geneva-based Du Rhone Chocolatier’s India outpost in Mumbai, is offers special festive packages in their Pralines, Mocca Glace, Truffles, Mandiants, Florentis and Grignottes collections, among others, of exotic Swiss chocolates. The prices vary according to the size of the box and the collection, starting from Rs 600.
Chocolate Bouquets from Fabelle
Fabelle, ITC Group’s luxury chocolate brand has a gifting collection of six distinct hampers—The Regalia Bouquet, The Signature Bouquet, The Prisma Bouquet, The Royal Bouquet, The Grande Bouquet, and The Elegant Bouquet. The Elegant chocolate bouquet is priced at Rs 2,400 and includes a box of twelve Fabelle Gianduja—a recreation of an Italian delicacy from the Napoleon era recreated using fine Ghana cocoa blended with cocoa butter, a box of five Fabelle Elements—a box of assorted handcrafted pralines, inspired by the elements of nature, namely earth, fire, air, water and wood, and two Fabelle Luxury Chocolate Bars. The Regalia Bouquet priced at a hefty Rs. 22,000 and comes in a casket. The bouquet features four chocolate creations, Fabelle Gianduja, Fabelle Elements, Fabelle Dessert Collection—truffles inspired by the nuanced taste and texture of all-time favorite desserts such as Crème Brulee, Tiramisu, Banoffee Pie, Strawberry Cheesecake and Lemon Meringue, and an exclusive Fabelle Fondue Set that incorporates a bag of Fabelle dipping chocolate and a complimentary fondue pot. The remaining gifting sets are positioned within the price points and include a mix and variations of Fabelle’s collection of chocolates. These hampers are available at all Fabelle at The Chocolate Boutique, at major ITC Hotels across the country.
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Chocolate Tablets by Toshin
Mumbai-based chocolatier Toshin Shetty has special chocolate tablets as Diwali gifting at his eponymous outlet. The two variations include caramelised nuts on a single origin dark chocolate bar, and a single origin milk chocolate bar that has 39% Ecuador chocolate and 40% Ghana chocolate. The single origin milk chocolate tablet is priced at Rs 500 and the caramelised nuts on single origin chocolate tablet is for Rs 550. Both tablets weigh 80-85gms.
Festive Gifting from Royce’ Chocolate
Japanese favourite, Royce’ Chocolate has festive gifting options—Honeycomb Box and Grand Treasure Box. The former includes 43 pieces of Royce’s bestselling chocolates and costs Rs 3395. The latter holds 87 pieces of their bestselling chocolates and costs Rs 7995. Available at Royce’ all outlets in India.
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Diwali Gift Pack from Mason & Co
Auroville-based organic and vegan chocolaterie, Mason & Co is offering six premium quality bars of chocolate as part of their Diwali pack. Priced at Rs 960, the pack offers bars with a variety of cacao percentage and flavours such as 49% Crunchy Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate, 70% Sea Salt Dark Chocolate and 70% Black Sesame & Raisin Dark Chocolate. The hamper is available on Mason & Co website as well as Amazon.in.
Diwali Special from Fantasie Chocolates
Mumbai-based Fantasie Chocolates, spearheaded by Zeba Kohli, has an extensive collection of chocolates and brownies that make for delicious Diwali gifts. The gift boxes start at Rs 520 for a box of four brownies and goes up to Rs 2400 for a kilo of chocolates in a gift box. However, we would recommend Fantasie Chocolates gift hamper priced at Rs 1570 and Rs 1670 that offers an assortment of chocolates, brownies and artisanal chocolate bars.
Watch as chocolatier-entrepreneur Zeba Kohli engages Indian celebrities in fun conversations in the company of chocolates on Living Foodz's new show Gimme Chocolate!
Featured Image: Courtesy Du Rhone Chocolatier
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