Fashion, travel and chocolate are among life’s pleasures, which is why I decided to have some fun and link all three. I collaborated with Hong Kong-based artisanal chocolatier Conspiracy Chocolate, who shares our ethos – that of using high-quality ingredients from a single known source to create small batch products, with a true passion for what they do.
Working together, we came up with seven new flavours that are unique to my brand. The 75% dark chocolate creations are inspired by the cultural and culinary traditions of every city that Marie France Van Damme is part of – Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Dubai, Morocco, Beverly Hills and Miami - and come wrapped in beautiful packaging designs that also reflect the nature of each place. With travel restrictions still in place, it’s a light-hearted way for people to discover our stores worldwide, through the different chocolate flavours, one bite at a time.
Exceptional and often unconventional flavours are what make the chocolate so noteworthy. Conspiracy Chocolate chose ingredients that are hallmarks of each store location but aren’t typically associated with chocolate, such as notes of soy sauce caramel in Singapore’s sweet and salty bar, which is unexpectedly delicious.
Other flavours include: Dubai, with Middle-Eastern hints of pistachio and dates; Morocco, a spicy, aromatic blend with delicate rose harissa; Miami, featuring fruity notes of cherry complemented by smoky pineapple; Thailand’s delicate coconut and lemongrass combination; Hong Kong’s reflection of its Asian and European influences through hojicha (toasted macha) and genmacha toasted rice; and Beverly Hills’ citrusy flavour of fresh orange peel, dried in the sun, with a brush of gold on the chocolate’s surface paying homage to the city’s glamour.