Last year during Ramadan I introduced you to Patchi chocolates because I fell in love with their quality and taste. I had all but given up on ever finding the taste of real chocolate mixed with real nuts like hazelnuts, pistachio, and almonds that I grew up enjoying whenever someone in my family came to visit from Italy bearing gifts of chocolate con nocciole (chocolate and hazelnut). I could only ever recapture those tastes when I traveled back to Italy, and it’s been a long time since.
Patchi Chocolate and Nougat Gift Box Giveaway Item
When I bit into Patchi chocolate (an internationally-acclaimed Lebanese chocolate product line) for the first time, I was stunned at how much it brought me back to those experiences and memories of my love affair with Italian chocolates.It was an emotional experience for me, actually- they could’ve probably made a commercial out of my reaction. I’m not even sure my husband understood why I was so emotional about it at first, until he tasted them, too.
You see, knowing that the chocolate is halal- absolutely no alcohol in the product- is a huge relief. I can enjoy the flavors I grew up with and more because they offer so much variety and creativity in their collections. Adding some traditional regional ingredients of Lebanon brings a Middle Eastern flair and flavor to the products that I love just as much.
The culinary history behind Patchi products takes us back to Lebanon where a family of confectioners carefully selected ingredients and molded chocolate pieces and other naturally sweetened treats to build what is today an international chocolate company. They are gaining traction in the U.S., alhamdulllah, as more American consumers are craving a product as natural and well-made as this one. I can honestly say, I’m just so glad they’re here…
And they’re offering One Giveaway Per Week during Ramadan, just for My Halal Kitchen readers- check out the first giveaway below (each one will be different).
Here’s more about the company from Patchi to You:
Patchi is an international brand of gourmet chocolate, confectionery and gifts. Patchi was founded in 1974 and has grown worldwide to over 35 countries in 124 boutiques, including an online boutique for the USA and Canada.
Patchi manufactures its own products using premium all-natural ingredients. The use of the highest quality of cocoa, nuts, and dried fruits in its crafted recipes makes the chocolates and treats menus delectable, unique in taste and rich in profound flavors and aromas. All products are from halal sources and are manufactured under strict guidelines to meet those requirements.
Some of the notable specialties Patchi produces include gianduja (cream of hazelnut mixed with cocoa butter) and croquant (thin layers of crushed hazelnuts or pistachios with honey), and nougat. The menu of chocolates has over 40 varieties of Milk and Dark chocolate recipes. In addition, a collection of No Sugar Added variety is listed for the sugar-content conscious consumer. Patchi’s recipes are also free of any alcohol and pork by-products.
Chocolates are dressed up in fashionable designs with hand crafted decorative articles, ribbons and coordinated colored wrapping papers. The assembly of chocolates in containers such as glass bowls, vases, trays, and silver platters make a unique bouquet of delectable treats that fit occasions and special life events. Think of it as a bouquet of chocolates, served in a vase, bowl, basket or, a platter. The chocolates and treats get assembled in a thematic way with colors and decorations to present a beautiful and memorable gift. Some of the chocolates are wrapped decorated with hand made flowers or accessories. Today, this product concept has become an elegant gift idea to treat family and friends at various occasions and celebrations.
Every year, Patchi releases new designs, colors, and arrangements catering to the various celebrations around the world: Weddings/Bridal, Baby, Ramadan/Eid, and more.
About the Patchi Tassali Ramadan Collection
For the holy month of Ramadan, Patchi releases a special selection of chocolates catered towards the traditions and flavors preferred and commonly sought after by the fasting communities around the world. The use of dates, pistachio paste, mango paste, and marzipan is blended in a variety of Milk or Dark chocolates and presented in an appetizing form. The selection is well suited for personal treats after Iftar, or for the social traditions of Ramadan with Iftar events, gift-giving for ‘Eid and more.
Enter to win a box of the Tassali Ramadan Collection, a $40 value, by commenting below about your own personal experience with chocolate- what’s your favorite? Do you have any special memories associated with a particular type of chocolate? Have you ever tasted Patchi?
Please read the Official Giveaway Guidelines before entering. Entering indicates you have read them. Giveaway ends at 12:01 am on August 1, 2012.
*Disclosure: I received a complimentary shipment of Patchi chocolates but was not paid or asked to review it.