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A tea-themed limited edition chocolate for 2016

The gourmet chocolatier is wooing customers with hearty New Year sweets with a hint of tea. Traditionally, chocolate is often associated with the virtues of love and intimacy—thus its popularity during occasions such as Valentine’s Day. But GODIVA Chocolatieris taking its flagship sweet to the next level with its 2016 Limited Edition Chinese New Year Collection, a series of distinct selections worth having for next year.

According to the New York-headquartered Belgian company, ushering in the Year of the Monkey in 2016 ought to be an experience shared with gourmet chocolate. “Every bite consists of GODIVA’s rich blessing for the New Year,” GODIVA says of its Chinese New Year Collection, which carries a rather unique theme—tea.

“This year, GODIVA’s Limited Edition Chinese New Year Collection is inspired by Chinese tea, drawing the beautiful aromas of teas into the midst of the chocolates. The richness of the chocolates to the fragrance of the teas is a match made in heaven with every bite,” the company notes.

Each collection contains a rich selection of dark, milk, and white chocolate guaranteed to delight the most discriminating of palates, with each chocolate infused with the flavors of Jasmine Green, Pu Erh, and Chinese Oolong teas, respectively.

GODIVA’s Year of the Monkey Dark Chocolate contains a crisp Piémont hazelnut paste wrapped in 50% dark chocolate, while Year of the Monkey Milk Chocolate contains 64% Peruvian dark chocolate with Hawaiian Macadamian nuts and a creamy milk chocolate shell. The Year of the Monkey White Chocolate, meanwhile, combines 71% Ecuadorian chocolate, soy nuts, walnuts, and a smooth white chocolate layer.

Aside from the delightful assortment of chocolate that only GODIVA can deliver, each Chinese New Year Collection is elegantly presented in a classic red box, adorned with a gold illustration of an energetic monkey which symbolizes the upcoming year. “On this joyous occasion, GODIVA hopes this box will bring dreams, blessings and hope to family, friends and loved ones this year,” GODIVA says.

Customers can choose from four Chinese New Year Collection Packages, beginning with the basic Chinese New Year Chocolate Gift Box, which comes in nine-piece, 18-piece, and 28-piece sets.For more distinguished but equally impressive gifts, one may also opt for the Chinese New Year Carré Gift Box, Chinese New Year Liquor Chocolate Gift Box, or Chinese New Year Luxury Gift Box.

The Chinese New Year Carré Gift Box, which comes in 15- and 28-piece sets and utilizes two flavors for its Carré chocolate: milk chocolate filled with crunchy puffed rice, and dark chocolate filled with caramelized hazelnut crisps. “The two very distinct flavors fulfills the celebration of this special occasion,” GODIVA notes.

The Chinese New Year Liquor Chocolate Gift Box, on the other hand, caters to customers who want a little kick in their chocolate, specifically the Cherié and Cherry Cordial flavors of this nine-piece set.“Every bite of these two dark chocolates fill the soup with the delicious aroma of cherries,” GODIVA claims.

The Chinese New Year Luxury Gift Box, as the name suggests, elevates GODIVA’s timeless chocolate to unparalleled indulgence in 19-, 28-, and 36-piece sets. “Each piece shines like a jewel, shines like a jewel, bespoke to your taste, all contained in a jewelry box,” GODIVA says.

Meanwhile, GODIVA’s Chinese New Year Hampers is another gift option. “GODIVA 2016 Chinese New Year hampers are an abundance of blessings in the form of chocolates. These specially packaged GODIVA New Year hampers are the best way to celebrate the beginning of beautiful melody, delivering delicious blessings to your friends or family, celebrating the coming year,” GODIVA says.

The Chinese New Year Hamper comes in two variations: the Delight Gift Hamper, which contains an 18-piece Chinese New Year Gift Box, a 36-piece Carré Collection All Assorted Gift Box, a 36-piece Biscuits Box, and a five-piece Truffles Milk Chocolate Box; and the Decadence Gift Hamper, which contains two Chinese New Year Chocolate Gift Boxes (nine-piece and 28-piece), a 28-piece Chinese New Year Carré Gift Box, 16 pieces of Truffé chocolate, and a 50-piece Biscuits Box. Both come with Dark Chocolate with Almonds tablet, Dark Chocolate Pretzels and Milk Chocolate Cocoa.

A longstanding commitment
GODIVA Chocolatier, established in 1926 in Brussels, Belgium, has since grown togain a foothold in over 100 countries with a broad distribution network of over 600 stores. “GODIVA offers a range of chocolate creations and is dedicated to innovation and excellence in the Belgian tradition. GODIVA is committed to developing, manufacturing and delivering food and beverage products that are safe, of the highest quality, and consistently exceeding consumer expectations,” the company notes.
From truffles, shell-molded chocolate, European-style biscuits, individually-wrapped chocolate, gourmet coffee, hot cocoa, and now its Chinese New Year Collection, GODIVA remains committed “to bringing the ultimate chocolate experience to the world.”

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