French chocolatier Jean-Paul Hévin launches Chinese New Year bonbons

Gourmet chocolate boutique Jean-Paul Hévin has released a special range of bonbons for Chinese New Year that includes a Sichuan chili-peppered dark chocolate ganache as well as a new mandarin-flavored chocolate macaron.

Handcrafted in Paris before being flown to his Hong Kong boutiques, the limited edition chocolates have been created to help usher in the year of the snake.

The Boite Gourmande, for instance, is a red faux snake-skin box wrapped in a gold ribbon that comes with 28 bonbons including the Sichuan chili chocolate, all adorned with the Chinese symbol for the word ‘lucky.’

For those with ultra luxurious palates and budgets, the boutique is also offering an Exclusive New Year Hamper that comes with the Boite Gourmande; a bottle of 12-year-old single malt Glenlivet whisky; a tablette tasting coffret; a box of chocolate cigars; a bonbon box of 16 chocolates; and a mini tin of chocolate almonds for $2,370 HKD (€225).

The company's Fireworks Hamper and Explosive Hamper, meanwhile, come with an assortment of macarons including the new chocolate mandarin ganache macaron with a chestnut cream filling. Other flavors include signature dark chocolate, passion fruit, raspberry, vanilla, as well as a selection of chocolates, truffles, jams and spreads.

Under the mentorship of legendary chef Joël Robuchon in Paris, Jean-Paul Hévin received one of the top honors in France for artisan craftsmanship, the title of “Meilleur Ouvrier de France.”

Since opening his own chocolate boutique in Paris, he’s since exported the brand to Japan, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.

The special Chinese New Year coffrets like the Boite Gourmande, which costs $560 HKD (€53), are available at the trio of Jean-Paul Hévin boutiques in Hong Kong.

Likewise, premium luxury chocolate brand Valrhona has also released a Chinese New Year’s Gift Box of four Grand Crus Chocolates, as well as chocolate-covered almonds and hazelnuts, while Godiva has also launched special Gold Ballotin Chinese New Year gift boxes.

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