Although Halloween is a relatively new holiday in Japan, kids and adults alike are getting into the spooky celebration.
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Like New York City’s West Village Halloween Parade, the Kawasaki Halloween Parade outside of Tokyo is a festive event thousands attend. While Trick-or-Treating is not as popular in Japan, many people enjoy dressing in costume and decorating their homes and stores.
After Gothamist food critic, Nell Casey, tasted our Potato Chip Chocolates, she was instantly hooked. A fan of the salty-sweet combination, she said “friends, the chocolate-covered potato chip is where it’s at.”
Highlighting our complex combination of sinfully sweet flavor with crisp salty crunch, the Gothamist feature boasts how special a creation this chocolate potato chips is. It became an office love affair when Casey shared her adoration for the chips’ nuanced taste and texture.
In addition to our crispy Potato Chip Chocolates, Casey described our bestselling Champagne Nama as “exceedingly fine” and “creamy and sweet without being cloying.”
ROYCE’ Chocolate had the honor of participating in New York City’s Joy of Sake’s annual event. A non-profit organization based out of Honolulu, Hawaii, Joy of Sake’s mission is to educate the world about the beauty of sake. Like us, they believe the best way to teach is through tastings. We were delighted to be part of an event that brought together some of the best foods and drink that Japan and New York have to offer.
We watched as the event began with the traditional Kagami Biraki ceremony. The guests of honor broke apart the round lid of a large sake cask and drank from wooden cups. We learned that this symbolizes an opening of harmony and good fortune. Kanpai!
To teach New Yorkers about complexity of sake over three hundred varieties were available to taste. Featured were the Gold and Silver winning sakes from the U.S. National Sake Appraisal. What makes an award-winning sake? It has to wow judges in four categories: balance, taste, aroma and impression. Our favorite was TY KU’s coconut flavored sake, which had fruity and vanilla notes. Like our Nama chocolates, they use the freshest and most quality ingredients.
To complement the lovely sakes, we brought some of our best chocolates to sample: Caramel Potato Chip Chocolates , Maccha Almonds, Nama Chocolates, and Amande Black. Joy of Sake participants were delighted to discover the richness of our chocolates. Longtime fans were happy to see their favorite Japanese chocolates featured. Our pairing recommendation would be Nigori sake (like TY KU’s Coconut) with our White Chocolate Nama. The creaminess of unfiltered Nigori perfectly harmonizes with the smoothness of the fresh Hokkaido cream in our Nama.
Here, our lucky Joy of Sake contest winner won two tickets to the event along with a special ROYCE’ Chocolate gift bag. But it wasn’t just drinks and chocolate available for sample, some of NYC’s finest Japanese and Japanese-inspired restaurants were serving delectable small bites. Chef Masa of 15 East served Slow Poached Octopus, raw and hand-massaged for twenty minutes. It is a melt-in-your-mouth seafood delicacy. From WD-50 to Sun Noodles, each plate added to the richness of the event.
Joy of Sake brought together sake lovers and newcomers to experience the tradition and innovation of Japanese food culture. Share your own sake and ROYCE’ chocolate pairings with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. #RoyceChocolate
We’ve got a bunch of exciting news including the brand new Champagne Raisin Bar (the raisins are soaked in champagne!) and a formal introduction to Teddy-ROYCE’-a-Velt (who you’ll be seeing a lot of on our Instagram).
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Sandra is one of the top luxury interior designed in NYC and created this special egg in celebration of The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, We’re hosting it in the windows of our ROYCE’ Bryant Park boutique and we love watching visitors do a double take. The blue! The gold! It’s positively enchanting.It was during a visit to Sotheby’s auction, Russian Works of Art, Fabergé and Icons, that Sandra was inspired by the famous ‘Faberge blue’ to create her contribution to The Big Egg Hunt. The giant egg is encased in a contemporary nest of hammered bronze – it’s a decidedly stunning celebration of modern interpretation, and acknowledgement of the rich heritage of Fabergé art.
What’s that beautiful blue egg in the window of ROYCE’ Bleecker Street?
It’s a creation by Philip Smith as part of The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt. The egg has been “cracked” (aka discovered)…so we can finally tell you more about it. We spoke with Philip on the phone for a bit and he was kind enough to share his ideas and inspiration behind this very special piece:
“In every traditional culture from pagan and Judeo Christian to Buddhism, the egg is rich in symbolism. So I approached the project with continuing that tradition and making a somewhat sacred egg.
Before I began, I looked at the original Fabergé eggs and noticed that the most beautiful were either Prussian or royal blue, so at least the color referenced Fabergé.
For me, the egg is a brilliantly packaged life form, filled with endless possibilities ready to emerge and engage with life’s destiny. Pictographically, my egg considers these various narratives as Mr. Globe Head announces the egg’s arrival while DNA threads itself through the mystical magic squares filled with auspicious numbers and a blindfolded man contemplates a diamond, perhaps the Diamond Sutra or just a regular off the shelf diamond from Harry Winston.”
P.S. We also love that the royal blue color is right in line with the ROYCE’ colors. A most happy coincidence ^_^
Valentine’s Day in America is a day for lovers (and aspiring lovers) to exchange gifts and celebrate romance. Both men and women can give chocolates, flowers, and Valentine’s cards to the special someone in their lives. But Japan does things a little differently. They split it up into TWO holidays, and each one has its own tradition. On Valentine’s Day women give presents to men– usually chocolate. It can be for romance (honmei or “true feeling” chocolate), but it is also common to give presents to coworkers and friends (jokingly referred to as giri or “duty” chocolate). Adults have fun with the holiday, but it can be a stressful event for schoolgirls across Japan because it is the one big day to confess feelings for your crush.
Then on March 14th it’s the guys’ turn. It’s called “White Day”, and traditional gifts include cookies and cakes, white chocolate, gourmet marshmallow treats, and even jewelry. In the tradition of “sanbaigaeshi” (three times the return) men are expected to return the favor with interest by giving a bigger present back to all the women that gave them a gift. If someone gave you an expensive honmei chocolate, today is the day to show how much those feelings are reciprocated. Needless to say this tradition comes with its share of heartbreak, particularly among girls who have been waiting a full month to get their response only to be disappointed. But for most of Japan this is a fun holiday season to share treats and have a little fun.
So guys, change things up this year and surprise the women in your lives with something sweet on March 14th! What could be better for a Japanese tradition than Japan’s finest chocolate– ROYCE’ has a wide range of creamy white chocolates that are sure to wow even the most discriminating sweet tooth.
Although Halloween is a relatively new holiday in Japan, kids and adults alike are getting into the spooky celebration. Like New York City’s West Village Halloween Parade, the Kawasaki Halloween Parade outside of Tokyo …
After Gothamist food critic, Nell Casey, tasted our Potato Chip Chocolates, she was instantly hooked. A fan of the salty-sweet combination, she said “friends, the chocolate-covered potato chip is where it’s at.” Highlighting our complex …
ROYCE’ Chocolate had the honor of participating in New York City’s Joy of Sake’s annual event. A non-profit organization based out of Honolulu, Hawaii, Joy of Sake’s mission is to educate the world about the beauty …