I love chocolate. If I don’t have my 2 squares of dark chocolate every morning, I feel all out of sorts for the rest of the day. In preparation for the holiday season, the store decided to order some chocolates from the chocolatier BOVETTI. It turns out that Mr./Signor/Monsieur Valter Bovetti, founder of the company, is an Italian who found his paradise in France, in Périgord, to be exact. There, nestled among the terre known for its truffles and foie gras, lies the Bovetti factory and its chocolate museum. M. Bovetti prides himself on his entrepreneurial spirit, and the fact that his chocolates are produced without any preservatives or genetically modified products. He strongly advocates in favor of fair trade and sustainable farming practices.
Bovetti offers a huge array of products. In addition to its chocolate bars, it offers what it calls chocolats “apéritifs,” which are herbs or seeds, such as coriander, anise, and mustard, coated in chocolate. I would love to see those one day. The company also sells cocoa pasta, pâte à tartiner in hazelnut, dark chocolate, or milk chocolate flavors, fondues, and a variety of chocolate-coated nuts.
There were so many chocolate bars to choose from, I don’t know how the store managed to choose only eight bars. The owners had the difficult task of choosing among dark, milk, or white chocolate, along with perfumes such as ginger, cinnamon, poppy, cranberry, pistachio, and mint. I could go on for paragraphs more if I just wanted to list them. In the end, they chose: dark chocolate, fleur de sel and caramel, candied orange, hazelnut, lavender, Earl Grey tea, banana, and fèves de cacao.
I think I must have gasped when I opened the chocolate shipment. The first thoughts that crossed my mind were, “They are gorgeous. I could just look at them all afternoon, and if I could see the rest of Bovetti’s chocolates, I could probably spend months just admiring the beautiful bars!” Rarely have I seen such attractive presentation for chocolate bars. Each one is neatly presented in brown packets with clear windows. The name BOVETTI is printed along one side of the window, and gives the impression of a sepia stamp.
The lavender bar has attracted the most attention among recent customers. They gush over the royal blue sugar crystals scattered across the surface. The second most attractive seems to be the caramel and fleur de sel bar. It is presented in much the same way as the lavender bar, but with caramel-colored crystals. I find the Earl Grey chocolate intriguing as well, since you can see small colorful blossoms sprinkled across the chocolate. The candied orange peel chocolate is also a fascinating one, since it looks as though it is tiled with chocolate swirls. Did I say I could admire these chocolates all afternoon?
Take a look at a couple of the other bars–beautiful, no?