VALENTINE GIFTS: Chocolate Lips, Macarons In Red | The Nibble Webzine Of Food Adventures - The Nibble Webzine Of Food AdventuresVALENTINE GIFTS: Chocolate Lips, Macarons In Red | The Nibble Webzine Of Food Adventures
You can actually reuse the “clutch” packaging as a fun evening bag. Photo by Faith Tomases | THE NIBBLE.
We love gifts with “keeper” boxes. We always find ways to repurpose the boxes, which continue to remind us of the gift and the giver.
Pâtissier François Payard has chosen beautiful packaging for his Valentine confections. We’ve selected two to highlight. Both can be shipped nationwide.
“Kiss Me” Chocolates
Eighteen luscious lips are packaged in a container so lovely, you could use it as an evening clutch.
Half of the chocolates are milk chocolate filled with caramel and fleur de sel, enrobed in Valrhona’s 40% Jivara Milk Chocolate.
The other half are gancache-filled dark chocolate, Valrhona’s 66% Caraibe. The ganache is infused with freshly puréed passion fruit and mango.
The two flavors are a contrast in deliciousness: creamy caramel versus tangy fruit. A gift of Kiss Me Chocolates should earn you many actual kisses in return.
“Sweet Love” Macaron Collection
Pull the ribbon on the drawer of the box, and pull out 12 elegant macarons. There are four each in:
Cassis Violet: white chocolate with violet & black currants ganache
Passion Fruit & Banana: white chocolate with banana & passion fruit ganache
Rose Water: white chocolate with rose water ganache
ABOUT CHEF PAYARD
Born and trained in France (he’s a third-generation pastry chef), Payard moved to New York in 1990 as Pastry Chef at the four-star Le Bernardin restaurant, and subsequently at the four-star Restaurant Daniel. He was named Pastry Chef of the Yearin 1995, by the James Beard Foundation.
Now the proprietor of five bakeries/bakery-cafés in New York City, he also sells selected products online.