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Saturday, December 7

Lindt Pralines Classic

I may not be the biggest fan of chocolates, but this little box really took me by surprise. Well, gifts always make the best surprises and Lindt Pralines Classic sure came as an unexpected revelation. The one thing that puts me off about a box of chocolate is the fact that, being a control freak, I like to know what it is that I eat and reign over my empire of senses. A box of chocolate is bound to hide some unpredicted flavours that ruin the pleasant feeling. So, much as I love chocolate, I keep away from little boxes of chocolate. On the other hand, how can a girl say no to chocolate?

Eight little, beautiful, good-looking chocolates, some of them with their mirror-liked twins, were waiting for me in the elegant box. Lindt chocolate makers go to all this trouble to make you feel like royalty when opening a little box of chocolates. Everything is perfectly wrapped, gracefully packed for the right eyes and taste buds. The hand-made little pralines are created for the connoisseurs, going back to the 17th century, at the court of the sophisticated French Sun King Louis XIV. Bored by politics, tired to please the whims of the ladies around him, I can only image how this mighty king took refuge to his private chambers, climbed his mahogany bed, covered with silky sheets and indulged himself into the addictive eating of pralines. Every now and then, he would lift his gaze, eyes half-closed, mouth full of the divine chocolates, only to express his gratitude, by mumbled sounds, to Comte du Plessis Praslin, the creator of this delicacy. Comte du Plessis, the head chief of the French field marshal, gave the name to the little miracles that were used even to soften the hardened hearts of political foes. From royal hands to those of the commoners, the pralines were refined by the conching method by Rodolphe Lindt, a visionary man himself.

So much for history and imagination. Back to the wonderful pralines. I thoroughfully enjoyed the Dragon au Champagne -a white and dark Marc de Champagne truffle cream chocolate- the star-shaped Macchiato, filled with coffee cream and covered with white chocolate and the Caramelita, a double-layered caramel bombon, covered with bittersweet chocolate. The others -Cornet d'Or, Triangle aux Noisettes, Nuss- Krokant, Orange Marzipan, Schicht Nougat- were also remarkable little jewels, with their own individual flavour and sophisticated name. Some men name their cars, some chocolatiers name their pralines; it is simply a matter of  perspective and dedication. The only disappointing thing was the fact that the box was only 125 g. But then again, good things come in small packages, right?

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