ROYCE’ Holiday Hours 2014

Happy holidays from ROYCE’ USA. There are only a few more shopping days left before Christmas! Luckily, you have until December 22nd to order Nama Chocolates from our online store. The ROYCE’ NYC stores will also be open later hours for all of your shopping needs. Please note, that only Bryant Park and Edgewater New Jersey Mitsuwa pop-up will be open Christmas Day.

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Introducing the Duo Praline Maccha

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One of our most exquisite chocolate delights is our Duo Praline Maccha.

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The first layer of chocolate is a soft, delicate white Maccha chocolate infused with traditional ground green tea.

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This Maccha chocolate is enveloped in an aromatic green tea sauce that adds a deep complexity to the taste.

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These two green tea flavors are encased in a milk chocolate shell made with the finest quality ingredients.

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Please visit one of our three NYC boutiques for your complementary tasting. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest to be the first to learn about our great upcoming holiday specials.

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Halloween in Japan

 

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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.

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This Halloween, ROYCE’ Chocolate USA will be celebrating by sponsoring Dream Hotel’s Made In Italy  and French Tuesday’s Halloween party on October 30th. ROYCE’ will be serving its signature Champagne and Bitter Nama Chocolates, dark chocolate covered almonds, and its infamous chocolate covered potato chips.  Tickets can be purchased online here.

If you are looking for a sophisticated Halloween treat for your festivities, stop by any of our New York City retail locations for sampling and expert recommendations.

Happy Halloween!

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Gothamist Raves ROYCE’ Chocolates are Rich and Delicious

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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.”

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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.

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In addition to our crispy Potato Chip Chocolates, Casey described our bestselling Champagne Nama as “exceedingly fine” and “creamy and sweet without being cloying.”

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Stop by one of our three New York City locations to try these treats for yourself. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to be the first to know about great upcoming promotions and events planned for the Fall.

ROYCE’ Chocolate Learns the Joy of Sake

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

 

A Detailed Look | Chocolate Bar “Champagne Raisin”

r1We mentioned the Chocolate Bar “Champagne Raisin” in our last post…

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…and have been delighted that many of you got a chance to dig into one of our new favorites. But for those who haven’t tried it yet…

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…come take a peek. We soak raisins in champagne till them become all plump and juicy. And then enrobe it in our classic melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate. Surely impossible to resist. 

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Won’t you come indulge in a bite with us? ^_^

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Screen Shot 2014-05-11 at 11.05.37 PMHave you seen our May Newsletter yet?

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).

Make sure to sign up for the newsletter on our site…and we promise you’ll be the first to know about any new products and noteworthy promos. Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt | Sandra Nunnerley

IMG_6845How fabulous is this Fabergé Egg by Sandra Nunnerley?

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.IMG_6854It 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.

Nama chocolates and art…the perfect pairing!

The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt | Philip Smith

8What’s that beautiful blue egg in the window of ROYCE’ Bleecker Street?

1It’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.”

2P.S. We also love that the royal blue color is right in line with the ROYCE’ colors. A most happy coincidence ^_^

Nama Croissants in 5 Steps

THINGS NEEDED:

 
- 1 box of Nama Chocolate (any variety)
- 8 oz can of Pillsbury Original Crescent (or equivalent croissant dough)
- greased cookie sheet
- oven

 

STEPS:

 


STEP 1: PREHEAT oven to 375 Degrees

 



STEP 2: UNROLL the dough and lay them on a greased cookie sheet

 



STEP 3: PLACE two Nama pieces on the large end of the dough

 



STEP 4: ROLL individual dough loosely

 



STEP 5: BAKE in the oven for 10-12, minutes until golden