I was lucky enough to get to go to an in-store preview of Neuhaus Chocolates’ endless line of Valentine’s Day packages at their 500 Madison Avenue stop. This extra-large chocolate heaven is a place a chocoholic could easily spend a few hours in.
Short lead press guests were treated to champagne and the three new flavorful chocolates that were introduced by Neuhaus (and you just know I ate a couple of each flavor): the Raspberry Milk Heart which is milk chocolate filled with a layer raspberry jelly and a layer of almond and hazelnut praline that include a sprinkling of Serbian pink pepper, the Cherry Dark heart which is a fondant chocolate heart filled with cherry ganache and an almond praline accented with anise seed and the Strawberry Red Heart which is a red heart created from white chocolate and filled with strawberry ganache and almond praline flavored with gingerbread herbs. If these flavors sound “off the hook” creative, they are. The flavor creator at this decades old Belgian brand with 1,000 stores worldwide strives to be different.
They also try to be different in their packaging. The classic heart boxes in their V-Day are in simple red and dark pink silk. It is a look that brings together traditional and modern packaging. Buyers have the choice of adding on a matching card holder with the Neuhaus logo on it that will last long after the chocolates are gone.
There is something for every budget at Neuhaus. I feel in love with the Ultimate Infinite Love Valentine Heart that is a deep red silk heart shaped box filled with an 82-piece chocolate assortment. Giving this to a loved one who happens to be a chocoholic with probably really create “infinite love,” LOL! The Infinite Love Heart box is the “classic” gift size with 43 pieces in a dark pink silk heart box and retails for $90. There are boxes with only a two foil covered heart shaped pieces of chocolates which are only $17. The Neuhaus Red Tin Heart features 10 assorted chocolates and the tin is reusable for small items like jewelry (at $22 it is a great economical option). Another great economical option is to have a few heart shaped chocolates from behind the glass counter tied up in Neuhaus’ logo plastic wrap with a red satin bow for $15 to $20. The Medium Coeur Copper Box features 12 pieces for $23. And remember that you can also pick and choose a pound or two of the pieces your loved one prefers and pick your own packaging!
You can go check out the choices I have mentioned and many more at www.neuhauschocolates.com. You can also learn about this legendary company’s unique history and how they became the world’s go-to brand for authentic Belgian chocolates. Let me add here that behind the counter at every Neuhaus Chocolates store are delicious non-chocolate candies that you cannot purchase from them online. There are wonderful fruit gumdrops made from natural fruit flavors and well as all sorts of chews. I strongly recommend visiting a store for the full Neuhaus experience. There are all sorts of products that are ahead of their time that I guarantee you have never encountered in any of the other artisanal chocolate brands!