Sweets for your sweet­heart

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With Valen­tine’s Day and Chi­nese New Year ap­proach­ing, ‘tis the sea­son to gift some­thing sweet. Shower your loved ones with th­ese sweet in­dul­gences, says Les­lie Yeh

Mon­key See, Mon­key Taste

Some­how this year has man­aged to make mon­key-shaped choco­lates that still look good. Pack­aged in a beau­ti­ful gold and red box, the adorable mon­key col­lec­tion is in­spired by Chi­nese tea, with the sub­tle aro­mas and fra­grance of tea leaves. The Carré choco­late gift box ($218 for 15 pieces) holds smooth milk choco­lates with puffed rice and dark choco­late hazel­nut crisps, while the Liquor box ($328 for 9 pieces) in­cludes liquor-filled Cherié and Cherry Cor­dial dark choco­lates. Re­ally try­ing to im­press your boss or lover? The CNY Choco­late Lux­ury box ($1,238) con­tains 36 of Go­diva’s sig­na­ture choco­lates in a 3-tiered box.

Shop B236, B2, Times Square, 1 Mathe­son St., Cause­way Bay, 2576-0312.

Melt for Me

With a pop-up shop in Har­bour City un­til Feb 21, Bel­gian choco­latier

is sat­is­fy­ing sweet crav­ings this sea­son with 15 melt-in-your-mouth choco­lates pre­sented in bright red fes­tive pack­ag­ing for Valen­tine’s Day and CNY. Known for its bean-to-bar phi­los­o­phy and choco­lates that are hand­crafted fresh daily, the brand is all about pre­serv­ing the pu­rity of co­coa, from ul­tra-smooth ganaches to truf­fles and caramel-filled choco­late shells. This Valen­tine’s Day, they’ve also part­nered with Hahaha Florist to cre­ate a “Flower and Choco­late Bot­tle,” fea­tur­ing pre­served Ja­panese flow­ers and tea-in­fused choco­lates ($1,680). Avail­able at Har­bour City un­til Feb 21. 3-17 Can­ton Rd.,

Tsim Sha Tsui.

Ritz Bitz

Af­ter­noon tea at is al­ways a treat with sea­son­ally chang­ing menus: This month, choco­late takes cen­ter stage in a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Val­rhona choco­late. In­fus­ing the earthy rich­ness of real Val­rhona choco­late into pas­try chef Richard Long’s award-win­ning sweets, the Val­rhona Af­ter­noon Tea is a din­ing experience with a CNY red theme (Feb 1-12) that shifts to a Valen­tine’s-friendly pink half­way through the month (Feb 13-29). Perched high above the sky­line on the 103rd floor of the ICC, guests will get stun­ning views while sam­pling Man­jari choco­late mousse, scones, lol­lipops and bon­bons. Avail­able Feb 1-29, 3:30-5:30pm. $608 for two on week­days,

$628 week­ends, $698 on Feb 13-14. Café 103, 103/F, The Ritz-Carl­ton, ICC, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon, 2263-2263.

I’m in Hévin

French choco­latier Jean Paul Hévin’s Valen­tine’s Day col­lec­tion is in­spired by the street art of Paris, with bright col­ors splashed around the choco­lates to mimic graf­fiti. The Bon­bon Coeur Pink is a pink, bite-sized burst of milk choco­late, with hazel­nut and praline adding a nutty qual­ity and shiso leaves lend­ing a bright zing. Other sig­na­ture bon­bons in­clude the Bon­bon Lune de Miel, a dark ganache sea­soned with buck­wheat honey, and the Bon­bon Street Art, har­bor­ing a soft caramel cen­ter. The treats (avail­able in­di­vid­u­ally, $24 each) come in a ruby red box with the en­grav­ing “Love is in the Air”: what bet­ter to melt a lady’s heart? Box set holds 9 bon­bons for $228. Shop 212, Ocean

Cen­tre, Har­bour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2735-3268.

Whisky Busi­ness

Can’t pull off ro­mance with­out booze? Pierre Hermé Paris is sell­ing a fes­tive gift box this Chi­nese New Year in­clud­ing a bot­tle of Glen­livet 12-Year-Old sin­gle malt whisky. The Monts & Merveilles x The Glen­livet ham­per ($3,688) is over­flow­ing with as­sorted choco­late bon­bons, Venezue­lan choco­late bars, choco­late ganache, creamy caramels, and 24 of Pierre Hermé’s sig­na­ture mac­arons. The ham­per also in­cludes a tin of vi­o­let and black­cur­rant tea—but we’d rather wash it all down with a few drams of Glen­livet any day. For a less ex­pen­sive in­dul­gence, the choco­latier also of­fers as­sorted bon­bons by the box ($350 per 210g). Shop 1019C, IFC Mall, 8 Fi­nance St., Cen­tral,

2833-5700.

Fol­low the Choco­late Trail

For the sev­enth year in a row, Har­bour City has un­veiled its an­nual Choco­late Trail, bring­ing to­gether nearly 30 in­ter­na­tion­ally-renowned choco­late brands in a month-long pop-up of choco­late tast­ings, choco­late and whisky pair­ings, art ex­hi­bi­tions and live demon­stra­tions. Stop by the café to sa­vor choco­late and whisky tast­ing menus un­der the Alice-in­Won­der­land-es­que gi­ant teapot dis­play, or help your­self to sam­ples along the choco­late trail from zCho­co­lat, The Penin­sula, Do­mori, Chapon, Bvlgari Il Cioc­co­lato and more. Other photo ops in­clude sculp­tures from fi­nal­ists of the 2015 World Choco­late Masters Com­pe­ti­tion, Fer­rero Rocher’s grand wall of 2,400 pra­lines—and the chance to pick up the five-inch-tall Grand Fer­rero Rocher ($160, 60 pieces sold daily). Don’t miss the “Choco­late Experience Zone” where you can per­son­al­ize your own bites to nib­ble all the way home… From now un­til Feb 21. Atrium II, G/F, Gate­way Ar­cade, Har­bour City,

3-17 Can­ton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui.

Go­diva Fall head over heels for choco­late at The Ritz-Carl­ton Blon­deel The Ritz-Carl­ton Fred­eric

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