Charbonnel et Walker Vintage Collection

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charbonnel et walker vintage collection boite blancheThis box of chocolates has to be one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever received.  I was absolutely enamoured by these when I got them.  I had a hard time opening them.  I could hardly bring myself to until I discovered the secret to opening them and not spoiling the ribbon.  I love this packaging – absolutely love it.  I’m besotted with the outside.

I can imagine what it would have been like in 1959 when this range was first produced.  These gorgeous chocolates could have been ordered pre-theatre or pre-opera and delivered to be waiting when they arrived.  I can imagine the build up to a special evening starting with a visit to the Charbonnel et Walker shop.  A careful and considered  selection of chocolates would be decided upon before continuing shopping.  Getting ready, the sure knowledge of the chocolate treat that would be waiting would heighten the pleasure.  Selecting the right dress to go with the chocolates selected, preparing everything, a trip to the opera or theatre suddenly has an added element.  A glass of champagne on arrival and the anticipation builds.  As you are seated, the chocolates arrive.  A beautiful floral box, the most beautiful box sealed with ribbon arrives and opening it there is a perfect selection of chocolates.

charbonnel et walker vintage collection boite blanche openWhen I opened the box, I chose a rose cream with its sweet taste and strongly flavoured rose cream, I wondered what the woman in 1959 who had that same box would have chosen.  I wondered if she would have chosen a milk crown, a brazil, a caramel chocolate or a rose or violet cream as I had.  Would she choose her favourite first or would she save her favourite until last?  Would she share with anyone?  Would she preserve the ribbon as I had? Would she preserve the box as I had?   What would she have thought of the selection and how often would she treat herself.

This box is the height of luxury.  As I opened it I was transported back to when going to the theatre or opera was a glamorous affair and people took time to prepare.  I imagined myself a rich heiress with friends who shopped with me by day, threw charity balls by night.  I selected a chocolate carefully and wondered about how a gentile lady would tackle the larger ones – would she bite a small amount or be forced to pop a whole one in her mouth. I bit my rose cream in half and enjoyed its sweetness.  I wondered if she would have closed the box or left it open. I wondered how long she would spend choosing the next flavour.  Luxury, decadence and opulence – that is what this box represents.

I can’t keep these to myself.  I have a 500g box of these chocolates in this beautiful  oval box.  They are worth £40 and with such expensive luxury I could not keep them to myself.  To be in with a chance of winning this lovely box of chocolates, simply subscribe to our daily email updates and answer to the following question in the entry form below.

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13 Responses to Charbonnel et Walker Vintage Collection

  1. wolfman says:

    i do love my chocolate hope i win

  2. haggis6 says:

    the chocs look lush my mum would love these

  3. ARDXXX says:

    love to win this

  4. sophie2002 says:

    Would love to win. Adore chocolate and yours looks yummy

  5. Choclette says:

    Like you, I am enamoured of the packing and would most definitely keep the box – for that day when I am up to producing my own perfect chocolates. AND I am very partial to rose creams 😉

  6. Ella says:

    Please G-d, can I win this? I promise I’ll be good 😉 x

  7. goingmad says:

    what a beautiful gift to give someone

  8. sanddune says:

    Lurve chocolate.

  9. piglet says:

    Perfect present for my partner.

  10. thomastank says:

    My wife would adore these.

  11. gemma brown says:

    wow i’m actually dribbling looking at the pic. have suscribed and tweeted as @dorsetsgem

  12. domesticated says:

    My dream prize

  13. Pippa Saunders says:

    These look stunning, and the packaging is gorgeouse

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