Christmas is round the corner bringing along with it the New Year. Greet a loved one this holiday season with some mouth-melting chocolates. Cocoa Tree, Avenue Regent on MG Road, Kochi, which is predominantly known for its coffee, patisserie and drinks, is now stepping into a unique collection of gourmet chocolates. “These chocolates are made from the finest ingredients obtained from India and abroad, essential in preparing special gourmet chocolates,” says Diwia Thomas, Director, Cocoa Tree.
There are in all 14 basic gourmet chocolate flavours to choose from, all of them prepared and designed exclusively at Cocoa Tree. So try out from the goodies basket `Rum and Raisin’, `Crunchy Butterscotch’, `Chocolate Regal’, and the list goes on. Each chocolate has a unique design, flavour and shape that is cosily packed in a box of nine (Rs.400) or 24 assorted ones (Rs.750) in gift packs. These chocolates are placed in small brown paper cups, so when you open you get to see the chocolate treasure awaiting you in these boxes. “We’ve ensured our packaging has a contemporary look to be in conformity with the young at heart atmosphere at Cocoa Tree,” adds Diwia.
There’s information about each chocolate inside the box. Hence, while you’re relishing a delicious morsel you know exactly what you’re eating! In fact, the boxes come with pretty ribbons, gift tags and a carry bag that completes the picture of a classy ready-to-gift item. To add to the tinge of youth, the sides of these boxes have famous quotes beginning with Lucy Van Pelt, the cartoon character from famous cartoon strip, Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.
During a brainstorming session for a brand name for these chocolates, it was unanimously decided by the Cocoa Tree team, to not have any. “We decided instead, to stick with this line which says it all: Love, peace and chocolate”, completes Diwia. Dinner Mints and Liqueur chocolates are to be introduced in January. In conformity with the pulse of the youth and their love for coffee and chocolates Cocoa Tree is out to make gifting chocolates for every occasion a new trend in the city.
For The Hindu, Metroplus, Kochi edition on December 14, 2006.