Saturday, March 20, 2010

The decadent world of Paulene Chocolats Suisses

I love chocolates. Were it not for my diabetic lineage and my fear of getting fatter than I already am, believe me I'd indulge a whole lot more.

Thus when Chuck Deli's Kat Kuhn-Alcantara first told me about her new line of chocolates called Paulene Chocolats Suisses (Paulene is actually Kat's second name), I was really excited to try them out. She uses only the finest ingredients imported from Switzerland.

Paulene Chocolats SuissesWe had a marvelous chocolate-tasting session where all the variants of Paulene Chocolats Suisses were laid out inside their transforming boxes. Yes, transforming boxes -- the innocuous pretty pink and white boxes with gold ribbons folds out to become a mini serving stand you can place on your tabletop for everyone to enjoy (see above).

Ganache by Paulene Chocolats SuissesThere was an order which we proceeded with the chocolate-tasting. The Ganache (pictured above, P495 - P575 per box depending on the type) came first. It reminded me of Royce Chocolates at first glance, except that Paulene's Ganache had bigger pieces, an overall deeper chocolate taste, and more texture. Royce goes down smoother though. I got to try Dark, White, Milk, Gianduja, and Orange Liqueur Ganache (5 out of 6 variants, Grand Cru being the sixth). It was actually my first time to try White Chocolate Ganache. I usually avoid white chocolate because it's too sweet. This is not true for the White Chocolate Ganache by Paulene Chocolats Suisses. It's so good. Actually, all the Ganache variants are divine. You don't get a sore throat even after eating several pieces.

Truffles by Paulene Chocolats SuissesNext in line were the Truffles (P595 per box of 12). Hand-rolled circular pieces of chocolate in 12 different flavors. Kat identified each of them and I immediately reached out for the Grand Cru (top row second column from the right in the box above) since she pointed out that as in wine, Grand Cru is the highest level classification of chocolates. It had the rich taste of bittersweet dark chocolate.

Peanut Butter Truffle from Paulene Chocolats SuissesI also tried the Peanut Butter Truffle (pictured above). Normally peanut butter flavored chocolate tastes like Reese Peanut Butter Cups. Not this one, this actually tastes like smooth and creamy peanut butter straight from a jar. Mmmm...

Pralines by Paulene Chocolats SuissesFor the finale, there were the Pralines (P595 per box of 12). Each design represented a different flavor. They are almost too pretty to eat. My favorites are Apple Pie and Banana so far. Apple Pie tastes just like Apple Pie, complete with the hints of cinnamon and even the crust. Meanwhile biting into a Banana praline is just like eating the actual fruit, unlike other chocolates which are really more of an overload of banana essence. My descriptions may sound exaggerated but they are not -- but the best way to find out would be to try some for yourself. Kat says chocolates are best served at room temperature. :D

You can also order personalized Pralines with your names, intials, wedding date, etc. Paulene Chocolats Suisses are available at Chuck's Deli in Serendra Piazza, Fort Bonifacio Global City.

Paulene Chocolats Suisses
576-4210

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