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The Great Gift of Specialty Chocolates

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By Penny K

The festive season is just around the corner and you will be making your rounds visiting homes but take heed: there are just so many number of boxes of Ferrero Rocher you can present your hosts. (More on Penny’s Daybook: Budget moscatos for the festive season)

November for us at Penny’s Daybook was about the triumph of DIY over the mass-made, the celebration of all things artisanal and creative and December is all about Christmas. Putting two and two together, we take a look at the specialty chocolates we love that we think will make great gifts too! (More on Penny’s Daybook: Got your gift don’t know how to wrap it? 10 simple gift wrap ideas)


Like a gift from god, Cacao7’s pure organic dark chocolates come without the bad stuff – preservatives, soy lecithin, and artificial sweeteners. Instead, they are made with a patented low carb all-natural sweetener (containing fructose, sucrose and lactose), which has 75 per cent lower GI, carbohydrates and calories. The result is a healthier, purer, delicious dark chocolate with no bitterness or acidity. Remember you want decadence minus the guilt!

What we like: French Truffles (S$24 per 100g), Christmas French Truffles with Liqueur Assortment (S$47 per box), Baby Mendiants in 70% Milk – Low Carb ($19 per 100g)

Available online at or visit Cacao7 @ Boat Quay at 37A Boat Quay (above Harvest Seafood, same block as Red Dot).

Laurent Bernard

Practice makes perfect and with years of experience in the culinary circle, Chef Laurent Bernard has near-perfected the art of chocolate. Each piece of chocolate is crafted with love and creativity and you can tell because they’re so beautiful. Interesting flavours like Yuzu and Mirabelle (a plum from the East of France) are incorporated into chocolates, which makes each piece an interesting experiment in taste, and from experience, we would say, these experiments always go well!

What we like: Orangette (S$15), Pralines – must try flavours are Whiskey, Earl Grey, Yuzu, Dark Chocolate and Coffee

Available online at or visit Laurent Bernard at The Pier Branch at The Pier at Robertson Quay 80 Mohammad Sultan Road #01-11 or Portsdown Branch at 5B Portsdown Road #01-02.

Jewels Artisan Chocolate

chocolates are no diamonds – they don’t last forever and they shouldn’t since they aren’t made with preservatives. Plus, considering how good they taste, it’s impossible for them to last beyond one sitting. Made by chocolatier, Then Chui Foong who has 20 years experience in the F&B industry, Jewels chocolates are an exquisite sight to behold and make the perfect gifts.

What we like: Amber (mild acidity of passion with fragrant dill), Coral (cola taste on tip of tongue, with a chilli aftertaste), Hazelnut Gianduja (blend of hazelnut with milk chocolate), Lavalier (refreshing and gentle taste of lychee), Perle Noir (the black pearl – silky chocolate ganache enrobed with dark chocolate pearls) and their macarons!

Jewels Artisan Chocolate is located at Orchard Central 181 Orchard Road #02-31/32

Beschle Chocolatier Suisse

Beschle Chocolatier Suisse has been making chocolates for a long time. Founded in 1898 in Basel, Switzerland, this is a family business that is now run by the fourth generation. Beschle’s chocolates are a winning combination of quality ingredients, eccentric creations within sophisticated packaging and excellent craftsmanship (all hand-made in Switzerland).

What we like: Burgundy – Advent Calendar (24 alcohol-free classic chocolates and truffles for each of the 24 days of Christmas), Studer Absinth Swiss Collection, St. Moritz Collection – Bernina (fine champagne and vodka ganache), Bonbolles Noisettes (finely roasted Piemontese hazelnuts coated with premium Grand Cru (65%) chocolate) and Le Grand Choix (assortment of eight different premium chocolates)

Beschle Chocolatier Suisse is at Mandarin Gallery, 333 Orchard Road #1-18

One comment

  1. cacao7’s dark choc truffles are great!

    also Ghirardelli’s dark choc SQAURES (60%,72% & 86%) are fantastic in both taste and texture.

    can u tell im a chocoholic?:)


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