Spring is Here
The Spring Season brings an energy and feeling of renewal to many, and I think it’s evident not only in the budding trees and flowers, but also in the awakened mood of everyone I see. Because of that, I look forward to Spring, every Winter season.
Like Pavlov’s dogs, I begin to think of chocolate and candy that are reminiscent of my childhood Easter basket. While you can still find main stream jelly beans and chocolate covered butter cream, over the years, chocolate, like most everything else, has advanced to meet the palette of the most demanding connoisseur.
2017 Easter Chocolate season does not disappoint
L’atelier du Chocolat
L’atelier du Chocolat, founded by Master Chocolatier Eric Girard gives chocolate a couture, modern edge. He was, after all, given the honor of 2014-2015 Top-10 Chocolatier in North America.
Should you seek to satisfy a sophisticated palette, the 2017 LeVert Collection, available in 6 or 9 pieces ($24 or $36 respectively), will make the perfect gift. The collection includes the “Tao” (dark chocolate with jasmine), “Destin” (dark chocolate with sake and mandarin) and “La Musique” (raspberry white miso chocolate). Such sophistication is available at L’atelier du Chocolat.
Vosgues Haut Chocolat
Perhaps you are looking for chocolate with a more “Easter” decor. Vosgues Haut Chocolat, who brought the “Vosgues experience” of downtown (The SOHO Boutique original location still on Spring Street), cutting edge, upmarket chocolate uptown, has you covered.
The exquisite “Ensemble Printemps Extraodinaire” priced at $99, is an impressive presentation of chocolate including chocolate eggs, ginger toffee and hazelnut in design, reminiscent of Easter eggs, bunnies and toadstools.
The “Les Fleurs du Chocolate” is a 16-piece chocolate truffle floral masterpiece of violets, marigolds and orchids for $45.
These and others, are available at Vosges Haut Chocolat
Neuhaus Chocolate of Brussels since 1857, with locations and shipping options worldwide, offers more mainstream designs to suit the young or young-at-heart in your life this Easter season.
The “Easter Cello Box,” with 11 eggs that are a mix of dark, milk and white chocolate, are sure to be a homer in gift from the Easter Bunny ($19).
Last and certainly not least, and my personal “go-to” for chocolate merriment, is Mr. Chocolate himself, Jacques Torres. The Le Cirque alum opened his first chocolate location in Brooklyn in 2000 and has successfully developed more locations around New York City, including Midtown and The Upper West Side.
His 4.5 inch tall Hen is available in dark or milk chocolate and people of all ages will appreciate the attention to detail ($14).
The “Speckled White Chocolate Robin’s Eggs” ($11) are one dozen white chocolate eggs filled with peanut butter. These and others, are available at Mr. Chocolate
AlphaLuxe Tip: Treat yourself and your loved ones to some Spring decadence.
We survived the Winter and earned it!
Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Editor with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. She has worked with PRADA USA Corp., Jurlique, Amore Pacific and the New York Daily News in management capacities including Marketing, Client Relations, Employee Relations and Training Management. She has authored and published the column, “Ask Angela,” featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. Her beauty advice has been featured in Shape and Fitness Magazines and CBS News.
She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Writing. Angela also has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.
Angela is currently creator of Circuit Cosmetics, a Brand Ambassador for luxury beauty line, Patchology, an On Air Guest for QVC and blogger for www.thelaughinmommy.blogspot.com.
In her spare time you can find Angela running, spinning, practicing yoga or getting beautified. She resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her Husband, Son, and Chihuahuas.