Thursday, October 13, 2011
Prestat Truffles - Chocolate Week 10-16th October 2011
Prestat, one of London's oldest chocolate shops, chocolatiers to Her Majesty The Queen, and holders of two Royal Warrants, have come up with a new Praline Truffle to celebrate Chocolate Week. The milk chocolate shells are filled with praline made from the finest hazelnuts and then dusted in pure cocoa. These truffles are guaranteed to make all praline and truffle fans happy and you definitely won't want to stop at eating just one!
Milk Chocolate Marc de Champagne Truffles, Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles - intense dark Marc de Champagne ganache enrobed in white chocolate infused with strawberries and Banoffee Truffles which represent the ultimate banana, caramel and chocolate hit.
Prestat's roots began in 1902, in London, by Chocolatier extraordinaire Antoine Dufour, following his family's creation of the chocolate truffle in Chambery, France, in 1895. Antoine saw an opportunity to bring his skills to London where chocolate cafes and shops known as Refreshment Rooms were growing in popularity. With Antoine's flair for creativity and perfection, Prestat became an instant success.
In 1975 Prestat had the honour of being awarded a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty The Queen. Prestat was awarded a second Royal Warrant by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in her Centenary year. A fascinating fact: Prestat chocolates are served at every major state banquet.
Prestat chocolates are all hand-crafted, filled and gift wrapped under the same roof in their factory in Park Royal, and more importantly under the same watchful gaze of their qualified and talented chocolatiers. The gift boxes are colourful and elegant and are as beautiful as the chocolates, these gift boxes have been created by an artist friend of Prestat, namely Kitty Arden.
A photograph showing the outside of the shop which I took a couple of months ago, I love the bright window display and also the fabulous chandelier.
The brightly coloured interior of the shop 14 Princes Arcade, Piccadilly, London SW1Y 6DS. The chocolates are taken from the Prestat factory to the shop fresh on a daily basis.
Prestat Chocolates and truffles are available from their online chocolate emporium, or from Harrods, Selfridges, Liberty, John Lewis, Wholefoods Market, and Waitrose.
Thank you Prestat and Emily for the wonderful truffles.