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The Twist Box

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Guess what this giant cupcake-like thing is? :-)

Gently lift the top and twist open....

...and take a peek inside.  We've filled it with 10 assorted chocolate truffles!

Lovingly hand-made in-house, right here in Nova Scotia!  The fabric is from Japan.  The chocolate truffles are from Truffini (made in BC).  Of course, once the chocolates are gone, you can still use the box!  

Available for a limited time at the shop.  Get one for this year's Valentine's gift!

Valentine Gift Idea: Crane Choco Boxes

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Here is a unique idea for a Valentine's Day gift: crane boxes with chocolate truffles inside! 

We know they are unique because the boxes are hand-made by us in-house! :-)  The box is covered with colourful Japanese fabric.

The lid comes off like this...and inside is a yummy assortment of 12 chocolate truffles.

The chocolate truffles are made by our good friends at Brockmann's Chocolate in Delta, B.C.

And of course, after the chocolates are gone, you re-can use the box for other things!

Available at the shop. 12.50 each plus HST. We don't have a lot so get yours while we still have them! 

 

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Cute Cat And Dog Chocolate

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We teamed up with local Nova Scotia chocolatier, Brigitte Linder of Out The Box Chocolates and came up with these cuties.

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Hand-crafted Swiss style chocolates.  (But of course...Brigitte is from Switzerland!)  They are 53% dark chocolate...just the way we like it.  Not too bitter but not too sweet either.  Plus, little spots of white chocolate...just to make them more interesting.

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Aren't they just adorable? ^_^

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We have cats...

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...and dogs.

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All individually wrapped.  Perfect as a small gift!

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All made exclusively for us!  Can't buy this anywhere else!

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Available at the shop.  $2.50 each (plus HST).  

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Twist-And-Open Box Of Chocolate Truffles

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Searching for a little something for Valentine's Day?

Look what we came up with!  We made boxes from card stock and covered them with various Japanese fabric.

The unique thing is how it opens.

Just twist!

Inside are ten different flavours of the yummy Truffini chocolate truffles!  And when the chocolate is gone, you can re-use the box!

Box is hand-made in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Chocolate truffles are made in British Columbia, Canada.

$9.50 each (plus HST where applicable). Available at the shop or purchase online.

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Choco Truffles In A Can

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Does your Mom have a sweet tooth?  Our chocolate truffles in a can could be the perfect Mother's Day gift!  They're no ordinary cans either.

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This is a tea canister that we've wrapped in Japanese paper with a chiyogami accent and an ornamental mizuhiki (Japanese paper cord) crane ornament.  Makes an elegant gift!  Each can contains 10 different truffle flavours.

Or, you may prefer the cute lucky cat cans....in two styles.  Same contents: 10 different truffles inside.

The chocolate truffles are made by Truffini of  BC, Canada.  They are very popular in the West Coast but apparently very few places have them in the East.  By the way, they are the same guys who make our Matcha Chocolate bars.  We happily taste-tested each truffle too and can confidently say that they are good!  http://theikebanashop.com/blog/shop-log-taste-testing

Here are the truffle flavours.  (Note: Caramel Mocha not included in the cans.)
http://www.truffini.com/truffleflavors.html 

And when the truffles are gone, re-use the cans!

Available at the shop.  Chocolate made in Canada.  Cans made in Japan.

Long-Life Crane can  14.50 ea
Lucky Cat can              11.50 ea
All prices in Canadian dollars and subject to HST where applicable.

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Shop Log: Taste Testing

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Shop's Log.  Halifax NS.  March 23rd, Friday, 15:47.  
Weather: Sunny, 10°C.

One of the perks of being a shopkeeper is being able to test new products.  Today, I had to test some....[drumroll please]...chocolate truffles!  All eleven flavours!  Get ready to salivate: cappuccino, maple, peanut, mint, double dark, hazelnut, raspberry, milk, caramel almond, and orange.

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Man.. after all that, I was feeling blissfully bloated.  (^_^)

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A hot cup of houjicha (pan roasted Japanese green tea) helped take that sweet edge off the palate.  Test result: Pass with flying colours!  Now, we're putting together some nice packaging ideas.  Give us a few more weeks...might need some more taste testing!  He! He!

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Chocorigami: The Cube

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So, what's in the box? (^-^)

Using unit (or modular) origami, we came up with this box and put a few goodies inside.

Modular origami or unit origami is a paperfolding technique which uses two or more sheets of paper to create a larger and more complex structure than would be possible using single-piece origami techniques. Each individual sheet of paper is folded into a module, or unit, and then modules are assembled into an integrated flat shape or three-dimensional structure by inserting flaps into pockets created by the folding process. These insertions create tension or friction that holds the model together.(from where else but Wikipedia!)

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Each cube contains 4 assorted pieces of yummy Belgian chocolate.

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We added two "pull open" tabs to make it easier to open, specially for the wee ones.   If you don't like having the tabs, you can always tuck them back inside!

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Available at the shop or by mail order.  $6.50 ea.

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Chocorigami: The Pyramid

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Chocolate in Origami...Chocorigami!  (^-^)

The Pyramid
Hand-folded pyramids that contain a delicious surprise.  Simply untie the string to reveal four heart-shaped pieces of Belgian milk chocolate with rice crisps (from our friends at the Choco Cafe!) 

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The pyramid opens up and blooms like a flower!

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HINT: Accompany a bowl of matcha with these goodies.  They go surprisingly well together!

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Available at the shop or by mail order.  $4.95 CAD ea.

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Chocorigami: Crane Envelopes

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Chocolate in Origami...Chocorigami!  (^-^)

The Crane Envelopes
We got some fine Belgian chocolate from our friends down at the Choco Cafe (1360 Lower Water St., Halifax NS) and packed them in our original hand-folded origami.  A strip of beautiful chiyogami paper adds an elegant accent.  We even included a note card that fits snugly at the back...just in case you want to write a special message with the chocolate.

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Available in three attractive colours with assorted chiyogami.

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We chose six types of chocolate to go inside the crane envelope.  Of course we've tried them all.  Every one of them is oishii!  (oishii = "delicious" in Japanese)

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Available at the shop or by mail order.  $9.50 CAD ea.

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