1. Beyers Chocolate
Beautifully packaged in beribboned boxes and tins, the Beyers collection of hand-decorated chocolates and truffles, and chocolate hearts, balls, and heart-shaped pops – made from the recipe of Belgian-born-and-bred master chocolatier, Kees Beyers – are sure to impress.
Beyers Chocolates gift boxes are available from major retailers, including Pick n Pay, Clicks and CNA, ranging from R5,90 for the chocolate heart pops to R65 for the keepsake box of 16 luxury, hand-decorated chocs. You can also take advantage of great special offers by ordering your Valentine’s gifts online at www.beyerschocolates.com. Online shoppers spending more than R250 on Beyers’ gorgeous Valentine’s Day gifts will receive a free box of six handmade chocolates.
Alternatively visit the Beyers Chocolates Factory Shop in Kempton Park, which has a wide range of chocolates at heart-warmingly reduced prices, as well as end-of-line bargains you won’t find at retailers. The factory shop is open from 8am to 5pm on weekdays, and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.
For more information see www.beyerschocolates.com.
This Swiss brand is a GH fave; in fact, it won the milk-chocolate taste test in our February 2014 issue. Any one in the fantastic range will be a Valentine hit, or you could even spoil your partner to a Lindt chocolate course – see www.chocolatestudio.co.za for more info.
3) Von Geusau Chocolates
Richard von Geusau, formerly a frustrated city accountant, turned his passion for good chocolate into a thriving business in Greyton, in the Overberg in the Western Cape. His artisanal chocolates start with the best of Belgian chocolate couvertures, distinguished by its high cocoa percentage, and absence of artificial flavours and vegetable fats.
All the chocolates are meticulously made by hand, using only the finest, freshest and original ingredients, including fresh farm cream, roasted nuts and exotic liqueurs. Innovative spicy and aromatic chocolates are also part of the extensive range. The richness of the aromas, the subtlety of the fillings and the lushness of the covering will delight every taste bud.
For more info, visit www.vgchocolate.co.za.