Chocolate is a confection that is just about the most universally liked food. It is believed that more than 5 billion of the world population like chocolates. If I were to throw out a guess, I’d say that 9 out of 10 people on the streets say ‘yay’ to this snack.
Monbana Chocolate has decided to penetrate the chocolate-loving populace here in town lately. This French brand made the scene some 80 years ago, starting out with just chocolate powder and small chocolate squares to be served with coffee. Since then, Monbana has been striving for excellence and rejuvenation in the market, marketing more products along the way. Today, they have a wide range to segment the offer and satisfy all occasions.
If you want to have a sense of where Monbana Chocolate stands in the Europe – it is like Royce’ Chocolate in Japan. All products presented here are imported from France. Thanks for them, we don’t have to fly some 10 over hours to indulge in these selections.
Christmas Square Bar ($11.90) :: Packed in a beautiful skin, it serves as a perfect gift in the festive season. Available in dark, milk, or white chocolate base, the bar is adorned with christmas pearls, gingerbread and pieces of meringue. If you are a Christmas person, really, this brings around the taste of it even during summer. I loved it, personally, because it is choked full of the gingerbread taste, which only suggests Christmas, the season of joy. It being square might make you think that it’s a hard chocolate. But nope, it is exactly the opposite – it is soft and one can just ‘peel‘ it off for munches.
Assorted Chocolate Squares, Biscuits & Chocolate-Coated Specialties :: As assortment would explain, (1) chocolate squares flavors include milk caramel, dark chocolate, milk cereals and dark orange to name a few. Chocolate squares come in different gift collection packaging, ranging from 18 pieces to 55 pieces, from $13.90 – $29.90. (2) As aforementioned, Monbana started its business with biscuits to complement coffee. With its long-running experience, it can’t go wrong, right. Butter biscuit, sweet honey nougat, biscuit made of sweet almond and cinnamon biscuit are only some of what they offer. I managed to try the latter (also known as Speculoos). I am not a totally cinnamon person, but it was not too overwhelming, and I could still manage to taste the fragrance of the biscuit. It was really a sweet treat. They are retailing at $22.90 for a packet of 75 biscuits. That can last you 2.5 months if you drink a cup of coffee every morning. (3) A large portion of what they are doing now makes up of chocolate-coated specialties. And that include roasted almond coated in chocolate and cocoa powder, colombian coffee bean, roasted and coated in milk chocolate, and marshmallow coated with milk chocolate to name a few. I absolutely love this series of chocolate-coated specialties. Like its other products, its chocolate is of top-class, and doesn’t harden over time. It still preserves it softness and melts in your mouth.
Gourmet Boxes ($16.90) :: It melts if you put in room temperature overnight. Keep it refrigerated. And that too, tells you how genuine the chocolate is – no nonsensical preservatives. Up on the shells are flavors like Pralinea, Crousti-Neige (crispy cereals coated with white chocolate and flavors of coffee) and Amandes (Chocolate Almonds) amongst others. I’m not the only victim, my family fell in love with this series of chocolates (my mother went to the extent of asking me to buy her another box of this). Personal favorite has to be Pralinea. If you are on a tight budget and only want to purchase one product of them all, this is the one to buy.
Dessert (Cookies) Mix ($16.90) :: After hearing about this, I thought the dessert mix is cut out specially for Singaporeans. Amidst the busy schedules of Singaporeans, who has time to do complicated baking, right. This easy dessert mix only needs 10 minutes of your time (for preparation). It is as easy as heating up the oven, adding water to the mix, putting slabs of the mix on the tray, and in to the oven it goes! It can make approximately 15 cookies.
Other Products :: Monbana doesn’t only have the above, the array of products they’ve brought to Singapore are way more than that. They also have Cocoa Powder (both hot & iced mixtures) ranging only from $16.90 – $25.90, Cooking Chocolate (perfect for making desserts and chocolate sauces) at only $11,20, and Tea Blends from $19.90 – $28.80 (loose leaves available). Looking at the pretty packaging, you might be intrigued to present it as a gift, for whatever suitable occasions all year round. You can request for a Personalized Gourmet Basket, so that the receiving end can have the best of all worlds.
Outlets :: At the current moment, Monbana Chocolate has their partners’ stores. 4 locations. Raffles Place: Four Seasons Gourmet Market, Marina Bay Link Mall & Leaf @ The Sail, Marina Bay Link Mall. Buona Vista: 35 Rochester Drive, Rochester Marketplace #02-16. Esplanade: Pacific Marketplace, Pan Pacific Hotel. Drop by the various centrally-located stores to check out their selections. You will be spoiled for choices.
MONBANA CHOCOLATE GIVEAWAY:
(1) Go to the Facebook post on The Chosen Glutton page here.
(2) Share the pinned post on Monbana Chocolate.
(3) Post on the original post if you would like the (a) Dessert (Cookies) Mix, (b) The Gourmet Box or (c) No preference. Both are featured in this blog post.
There are 5 Dessert Mix + 5 Gourmet Box up for grabs. Anyone who has done the above will be randomized (put to a lucky draw) for a chance to win!
Giveaway contest will last for 2 weeks, until 5 May 2013. You will be contacted for the collection of prizes.
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Special gratitude to Cassandra, and the Monbana Chocolate Singapore team for the hospitality and the product tasting.