Reviewed by Darryl Ryznar
Rita Farhi has been producing premium chocolate and gifts since 2003. From exotic delights such as medjool dates to chocolate covered coffee beans, there’s a treasure-trove of grown-up gifts available under the brand. Despite the choice, I couldn’t resist opting for the Assorted Chocolate Coated Almonds in a Hand Made Papier Mache Large Bonbonnière – a classic childhood treat from my grandparents – especially as I remembered reading something about how chocolate covered almonds were almost good for you (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-cholesterol-almonds-chocolate-idUSKBN1DZ2Z4).
My package arrived super quick, and from the outer postage box, I unwrapped a beautiful bonbonnière – a gorgeous hand-crafted, hand-painted papier mâché lidded bowl filled with sweet chocolate covered almonds.
Traditionally, a bonbonnière was a little box given by the host of a celebration such as a wedding or birthday, to their guests. The bonbonnière was normally made out of a precious material like silver or crystal, and filled with sugary treats. While the Rita Farhi bonbonniere isn’t quite made out of an expensive material like porcelain, or a precious metal like silver, the whole piece looks exquisite.
The bonbonnière I received was a deep red, adorned with a gold floral pattern, complete with a black interior. It’s absolutely beautiful! From a quick look at the website, there are two other designs available, a gold painted bowl complete with delicate purple, pink, blue and white flowers, and the other is a pale blue and dark blue pattern. There’s a design for everyone!
Inside the delicate bowl was a small bag of assorted chocolate almonds. Rich, dark chocolate, smooth milk chocolate and creamy white chocolate – super luxe and super more-ish. Rita Farhi is known in the confectionery world for sumptuous, luxurious chocolates and these don’t disappoint! They tasted as good as they looked and were simply scrumptious.
From the elegant parcel I received, I can completely understand why these would prove popular as gifts. Not just an ordinary chocolate gift box, the elegant bonbonniere wouldn’t look out of place as a keepsake ornament on a bookshelf or mantelpiece once the chocolate is long-gone. With Mother’s Day just round the corner, these would make a delightfully decadent gift for even the fussiest of mums or mother-in-laws without breaking the bank.
Rita Farhi chocolates don’t stop there though. The bonbonnières come in a variety of sizes with different delicious delicacies. They offer a choice of chocolate coats fruits and nuts, nougat, nut brittle savoury nuts, raisins and coffee beans. There truly is a vast array of sweet and savoury treats that will satisfy any wanting tastebuds. Gifting is also made easy with Rita Farhi, whether you’re looking for a nine-way selection tray of medjool dates, or a gourmet jar filled with crystallised ginger, they have you covered.
Available via the Farhi website (https://www.farhi.co.uk/) , stocked in high-end department stores such as Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, and online via major retaillers including Amazon and Yumbles, the large bonbonniere (260g) is tempting at around RRP £25. While this may seem expensive, the delicate hand-made decorative bonbonnière and delectable chocolates are, in this reviewer’s opinion, completely worth the luxe price tag.
Bonbonnière, bon appetite!
This product can be purchased from the Farhi website here.