Anjali Chocolat Pte Ltd  is a novelty let me tell you. It is a  unique journey of young woman of Indian descent, Anjali Gupta who took the plunge of being a wielding MBA Chartered Accountant, working in the Banking Industry, and had a soft  lucrative landing in the kitchen making exquisite, mouthwatering   handmade chocolates .

Anjali made the difficult decision to become her own boss and pursue her passion for chocolate. Anjali is now an accomplished artisan chocolatier .Creative and interesting in spirit she puts her creative juices and passion as a foodie into her work .  An Ecole Chocolat  course overseas soon converted the idea to chocolate making in January 2011, at which she then enrolled into the Professional Chocolatiers’ Programme. Anjali also attended numerous hands-on workshops in the Istanbul culinary school, as well as the UK Callebaut Chocolate Academy, for a course in French Ganache. In August 2012 she and her family decided to move to Singapore and Anjali was certain that this would be where she would launch ANJALICHOCOLAT which she did .Today  it is a thriving business and a haven for chocolate lovers

George Bernard Shaw once said, “The greatest love is the love of food “ . Anjali is a genius in her innovations of   specially crafted handmade chocolates. Each of her creations is a package of delicious   chocolate uplifting taste buds you never thought you had. She adds a fruit a nut or an exotic spice and what you get altogether is  a multitude of combinations that make the chocolate that reaches your palate all the more interesting and just simply divine and heavenly in taste .For the Chocoholic you are entering a  fairy land and it is  a fairy tale of the palate come delightfully true!

Their   selection of luxury handmade chocolates with unusual flavor pairings, designed and handcrafted in their  workshop at Loewen Road by Dempsey Hill in up market Singapore. Their chocolates are made fresh everyday, using the finest ingredients – Belgian couverture, fresh cream, butter, whole spices and fruit puree .They  also pay a great deal of attention to our packaging, for that perfectly indulgent gift.

DEEPAVALI SPECIAL – ORIGINAL CREATION CHOCOLATES WITH AN INDIAN TWIST

diwali-9pcDeepavali or Diwali, is the festival of lights and one of the most important religious festivals for Hindus. It is also an important part of Singapore’s rich culture and history. It is a time of celebration with family and friends, where they enjoy sweet treats and delicious home-made delicacies. Artisanal chocolaterie, ANJALICHOCOLAT, founded by Anjali Gupta, is setting the  mood for celebrations of this grand festival by offering a delectable array of Diwali-inspired chocolates. ANJALICHOCOLAT’s  Diwali

Collection offers a contemporary twist   and flavour to the sweet gifting. This season’s collection is inspired by popular Indian ingredients such as Cardamom, Mango and Pistachio.

Highlights of ANJALICHOCOLAT’s Diwali Collection

Lemon and Pistachio Bonbons

A lovely contrast of flavours – refreshing lemon, creamy white chocolate and pistachio, all in one small bite.

Rose Truffles

This creamy-rich dark chocolate ganache is infused with aromatic Moroccan rose petals in a semi-sweet shell. It’s a delight for all the senses.

Star Anise Bonbons

A dark chocolate ganache infused with star anise, in a dark chocolate shell. An unusual flavour  pairing to surprise your palate. A best complement to red wine.

And their Deepavali Special is a box of joy, mystery and ecstasy in every sense of the word, Packaging is 1st class par excellence  coming in saffron , red and white boxes with ornate decorations  fit as a gift for royalty, You would be sure the Maharajah would be pleased to receive one ! Then comes the icing on the cake,  when you unwrap the box. You have such a variety  and interesting selection of handmade chocolates. Just to give you a glimpse of what is in the box is a selection of:

Milk Chocolate
Bonbons
Rose Truffles Lemon Pistachio
Bonbons
Noir Mayan Chilly
Bonbons
Coconut
Truffles
Raspberry
Bonbons
Star Anise
Bonbons
Fig and Ginger
Truffles
Garam Masala
Truffles
Salted Caramel
Bonbons
Strawberry Fennel
Seed Bonbons
Mango Walnut
Truffles
Toasted Almond
Rochers
Coffee Cardamom
Bonbons
Mango Walnut
Bonbons

 

These chocolates  packed in beautiful embellished boxes  come in 2 box sizes – 16 pieces and 9 pieces, in a variety of colours symbolic of the festival. These limited edition offerings are available both online and in store at 73 Loewen Road,starting October 2nd 2015. And you know the Deepavali Special is very affordable. You don’t pay at all for the effort put in  to make the chocolate as that is priceless you only pay for the end product which is

Deepavali Gift Box (9 Piece)
Price: S$31.50
An exclusive assortment inspired by a range of popular Indian ingredients, such as Cardamom, Mango and Pistachio
Deepavali Gift Box (16 Piece)
Price: S$56.00
An exclusive assortment inspired by a range of popular Indian ingredients, such as Cardamom, Mango and Pistacho

DID YOU KNOW THAT CHOCOLATES MAKE YOU HAPPY

Well here is the scientific aspect of how chocolates make you happy

There are over 300 naturally-occurring chemicals in chocolate. Several of them have positive effects on human moods. Consider tryptophan, one chemical found in chocolate. Tryptophan releases the neurotransmitter serotonin into the brain. Serotonin is a mood-lifter, but it’s not the only chemical in chocolate that makes people happy. Consuming chocolate also releases the neurotransmitter phenylethylamine, the so-called “love drug”. Phenylethylamine quickens the pulse, causes alertness and a degree of excitement, and makes people happy—in fact, it arouses the same sorts of feelings people experience when they’re in love. Eating chocolate also releases endorphins into the brain, and endorphins are known to lessen levels of stress and pain.

Finally, one of the lipids (fats) in chocolate is anandamide, from the Sanskrit word for “bliss”. Anandamide stimulates a receptor in the brain to cause the production of dopamine. In turn, dopamine causes an intense sensation of well-being, akin to that felt by individuals who are high.

THE SWEET HISTORY OF CHOCOLATES

Chocolate may be the “food of the gods,” but for most of its 4,000-year history, it was actually consumed as a bitter beverage rather than as a sweet edible treat. Anthropologists have found evidence that chocolate was produced by pre-Olmec cultures living in present-day Mexico as early as 1900 B.C. The ancient Mesoamericans who first cultivated cacao plants found in the tropical rainforests of Central America fermented, roasted and ground the cacao beans into a paste that they mixed with water, vanilla, honey, chili peppers and other spices to brew a frothy chocolate drink.

Olmec, Mayan and Aztec civilizations found chocolate to be an invigorating drink, mood enhancer and aphrodisiac, which led them to believe that it possessed mystical and spiritual qualities. The Mayans worshipped a god of cacao and reserved chocolate for rulers, warriors, priests and nobles at sacred ceremonies.

Chocolate remained an aristocratic nectar until Dutch chemist Coenraad Johannes van Houten in 1828 invented the cocoa press, which revolutionized chocolate-making. The cocoa press could squeeze the fatty cocoa butter from roasted cacao beans, leaving behind a dry cake that could be pulverized into a fine powder that could be mixed with liquids and other ingredients, poured into molds and solidified into edible, easily digestible chocolate.. Today, the average American consumes 12 lbs. of chocolate each year, and more than $75 billion worldwide is spent on chocolate annually.

BACK TO ANJALI CHOCOLAT

Do you know they can organize a customized chocolate theme party for kids and adults and they also hold workshops on the art of chocolate making. They also have special gift boxes for weddings. As you all  know a box of chocolate is a statement gift and a joy for happy occasions be it weddings, birthdays, farewell parties etc. Anjali Chocolat is an oasis of splendor for Chocoholics and for those who crave for a sweet tooth fix. You have one piece of chocolate and then you want another one and another one and for sure it will be etched in your mind that you will come back to ANJALI CHOCOLAT for more!

ANJALICHOCOLAT Information and Availability

ANJALICHOCOLAT’s Diwali Collection can be purchased online at www.anjalichocolat.com or in store at 73 Loewen Road, #01-15 & 16, Singapore 248843. For enquiries about or bookings of Temper’s workshops and classes, you can visit the website or contact +65 6509 6800

BY SUCHITTHRA SHREIYAA VASU

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