Upscale Belgian chocolatier Neuhaus, who has a flagship store at 500 Madison Ave (53rd St.) just launched a new collection called “Precious” (no relation to Gollum!). These are high-end, boxed chocolates that resemble “precious” gems. There are five unique jewel-shaped pralines, each with a different flavor. The “Precious Box” with 20 pralines, costs $50.
My favorite chocolate “jewel” of the collection is “Glamour” (also George Costanza’s favorite). It consists of a very thin layer of intense dark chocolate with “praliné à l’ancienne” –that is, a traditional praline. I also enjoyed the “Rubris” it has an extra dark chocolate layer that surrounds a dark chocolate ganache made from cacao beans from Papua New Guinea. Right now these two chocolates are only available in the set and not as individual pieces in the shop.