It has been extremely busy this Spring at Ascot Chocolates and Fine Teas. We are very proud of our exquisite Belgian chocolate and the unique designs which set us apart. The people who knew us as Exquisitely Chocolate not only like the new name, but are enjoying the same products and services of which we are proud.
Included in our array of gourmet gifts, we have a delightful selection of high quality teas and tea accessories that will please any tea lover. Any of these items can be made into gift baskets or presentation items.
As we explore new products and design ideas, we remain true to the items that customers ask for again and again. Notably, the matching hats, shoes and purses amaze everyone who sees them. Please let us know your colour or design feature so that we can make some special items for you!
We are contimuing our workshops which are great for the office party, team building, birthdays, special occasions or just good fun. Watch for new program ideas and topics that will be both informative and entertaining.
When you think ahead to the holiday season, and your staff Christmas parties, think about Ascot Chocolates and come to us for unique gifts and help with special party favours. You will not be disappointed.
As many people are unaware of where the term Mendiant comes from or even what a Mendiant is. A Mendiant is a traditional French confectionery composed of a chocolate disk studded with nuts and dried fruits which was normally offered at Christmas time.
The nuts and dried fruits traditionally represented the colour of the monastic robes of the four mendicants or monastic orders of the Dominicans, Augustinians, Franciscans and Carmelites with tradition dictating raisins for the Dominicans, hazelnut for the Augustinians, dried fig for the Franciscans and almonds for the Carmelites.
Mendiants offer a fabulous alternative to ‘Bark’ in that it is a thinner piece of chocolate which allows the flavours of the toppings (i.e. fruit and nuts) to dominate while you are still able to taste the luxurious chocolate. Actually, for me, it creates the perfect balance.
Another benefit of the Mendiant is that they are smaller bite sized pieces which are decorated in such a way that they are mouthwateringly appealing to the eye. Generally we are impulsive creatures and we eat with our eyes. Have you tried Mendiants? What is your preference?
Bark offers a completely different experience and has a more rustic appeal with thick chunks of chocolate encrusted with fruit and/or nuts. So I guess to determine which one appeals to you, Mendiants or bark, may depend on your mood. Would you like to savour the taste and luxuriate in a beautiful mouthwatering Mendiant, or are you hankering after a big chunk of chocolate with nuts and you need to satisfy that urge right now!