One Direction Collectible Chocolates

Villa del Conte brings a sweet treat every One Directioner will surely want.  Luscious chocolate and One Direction all rolled into one seems too good to be true, but we know you want it! Villa del Conte promises to delight the One Directioner in you with the limited edition 1D chocolate bars featuring none other than your favorite band members on the cover. Simply name the band member that you want and you have it! Harry and Niall bars come in dark chocolate with salted caramel, while Liam, Louis and Zayn variants come in milk chocolate with cereal. There’s also a complete 1D group shot in a milk chocolate bar with hazelnut chips. Satisfy what your heart and taste buds desire.

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Love and Luck at Villa del Conte

There are precious few things in this world that are priceless: a hand to hold, a kiss, a warm embrace. Love. This Year of the Snake and Valentine's Day, too celebrate your passions with some of the best chocolate in the world. For a full enchanting experience, Villa Del Conte is offering a special limited edition box containing 385 grams of chocolate excellence for only P1,480.

Encased in a red box with a gold heart band, it's a collection of praline sticks and domes guaranteed to satisfy any chocolate craving. The sumptuous domes come in the following flavors: dark chocolate with tartufone cream and cereal; dark chocolate with whiskey mocha; dark chocolate with salted toffee; milk chocolate with hazelnut and hazelnut chips; and milk chocolate with blueberry cream filling.

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The praline sticks are more playful with fruit-inspired flavors: milk chocolate with watermelon cream filling; milk chocolate with strawberry cream filling; milk chocolate with banana cream filling; dark chocolate with mint cream filling; and dark chocolate with orange cream filling.

I heart you: Villa Del Conte also has the Amore boxes. Choose from one of three truffles - fig fillet, marron glace (chestnut) or walunt. (P380)

I heart you: Villa Del Conte also has the Amore boxes. Choose from one of three truffles - fig fillet, marron glace (chestnut) or walunt. (P380)

For those who are looking for something simpler, Villa Del Conte also has the Amore boxes which showcases their wonderful truffle collection. For only P380, choose from one of three extraordinary truffles: fig fillet, marron glace (chestnut), and walnut.

Fig is a fruit not commonly found in chocolate, but it is delicious. In the Villa del Conte truffle, the chocolate doesn't merely case the fig, the two produce a full and harmonious flavor. Each element is intact yet playfully blending together for a wonderful surprise on the palate. The walnut truffle is remarkable - the nut is very fresh, its crunch still wholly intact. Like what fine wine does with food, the chocolate enhances the walnut complementing and contrasting to bring out the best in its natural flavor. The chestnut truffle is smooth and velvety, a most luxurious texture. The taste is very subtle slowly filling the plate with a soft nutty flavour.

The truffles come in a beautiful pink or white heart-shaped box. Each chocolate is handcrafted by master Enrico Cattapan for your delight and the pleasure of those you love.


Love, Chocolate, and Other Addictions

WILD CARD INSIDE By Cai Subijano (The Philippine Star) Updated October 7, 2012 - 12:00am

Master chocolatier Enrico Nazzareno Cattapan: This third generation cioccolato genius performs kitchen miracles in Padova, the site of the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua in Italy.

Master chocolatier Enrico Nazzareno Cattapan: This third generation cioccolato genius performs kitchen miracles in Padova, the site of the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua in Italy.

In The Devil’s Advocate, Al Pacino’s character John Milton — the devil in the film — dismisses love, saying it was “Overrated. Biochemically no different than eating large quantities of chocolate.”

Of course, anyone who’s ever really loved would have trouble agreeing. For one, chocolate makes you fat — love doesn’t, depending on how much you and your partner like to eat together. Even then, love still isn’t directly responsible for weight gain.

Also, chocolate is best enjoyed in moderation (and in order to avoid said weight gain), while there really are no limits to how much love you can give or receive — grams and calories don’t apply. Last, love seems to have a reputation for being elusive, while good, quality chocolate always has a way of finding its way to you.

Take, for instance, how Villa Del Conte found its way to the Philippines all the way from Italy.

While on a pilgrimage to the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua in Padova, Italy, businessman Vince Aldanese and his lovely wife, Rhoda Campos, were approached by an Italian man with ruddy cheeks and a jolly countenance. His name was Enrico Nazzareno Cattapan, a third-generation cioccolato connoisseur. Having spotted Vince with his wife, Enrico turned to his Filipina wife, Felinda Tupaz, and said something along the lines of, “Look, that man’s just like me! He also has a beautiful Filipina wife.” Enrico and Felinda invited Vince and Rhoda to have dinner with them and before the latter pair returned to the Philippines, they sent the couple home with a whole balikbayan box full of fine, artisanal cioccolato.

Knowing that their household wasn’t nearly big enough to consume such a massive quantity of sweets, the Aldaneses invited several of their friends over for dinner and served the chocolates for dessert. After receiving raves about Enrico and Felinda’s creations from their guests, Vince sensed a good business opportunity. So he decided to contact Enrico and discuss the possibility of bringing his delicacies to Manila, especially when he realized that no one yet had brought in Italian chocolates to the country. As it turned out, it was a venture that the Cattapans had been wanting to happen for a long time, but they just couldn’t find the right partner — and fortunately for Vince, they felt that he was it.

Vince Aldenese and Rhoda Campos-Aldenese, Enrico Nazzareno Cattapan and Felinda Tupaz

It took almost no time for Villa Del Conte to build a strong following in our country once they arrived on our shores last year. STAR columnist Lucy Torres-Gomez raved about their Ovicinis, sugar-coated dark chocolate shaped like small eggs and filled with hazelnut cream. Vince was quickly encouraged to open more Villa Del Conte kiosks in various malls all over Metro Manila, with several offers to franchise the business and expand to Cebu and Davao. Orders were overwhelming as the chocolates made popular gifts for the holidays, weddings (they served as the giveaways for the wedding of Rep. Roman Romulo and Councilor Shalani Soledad-Romulo) and other special occasions. Vince and Rhoda couldn’t believe how popular their new venture had become in such a short span of time.

Realizing how positive the reception to his confections was in our country, Enrico, along with Felinda and their two sons, decided to stop by Manila for a visit, so he could get the chance meet the avid fans of his creations. Vince and Rhoda decided to host an intimate lunch in Cru at the Marriot Hotel with selected members of the press, while Enrico and Felinda stayed in the kitchen to prepare freshly-made chocolate concoctions for dessert.

The gathering also served to introduce Villa Del Conte’s latest offerings. In time for this year’s holiday season, Villa Del Conte has introduced chocolate Domes with five new flavors: Blue (milk chocolate with bluberry cream filling), Green (milk chocolate with hazelnut cream and chips), Mustard Yellow (dark chocolate with tartufone cream and cereals), Bronze (dark chocolate with cocoa cream) and Brown (salted toffee and dark chocolate with whiskey mocha).

They have also created truffles lightly dusted in cocoa powder with three interesting variants. There is the Marron Glace Truffle (chestnut enrobed in dark chocolate), Walnut Truffle (walnut covered in dark chocolate) and Fig Fillet Truffles (figs covered in dark chocolate). Also, they added a new flavor to their popular Praline Sticks: milk chocolate with watermelon cream filling — an unexpected, yet complementary pairing.

In the future, Vince hopes to collaborate with Enrico in creating flavors taht are more Filipino-oriented. Dried mangoes covered in dark chocolate, perhaps? Or milk chocolate with durian cream filling? These are pretty exciting prospects, but for the meantime, Villa Del Conte's latest additions to their classic line of chocolates are more than enough to satisfy our addiction.


Villa Del Conte Chocolates Guide and Our Favorite Flavors!

Article by Anton Diaz of OurAwesomePlanet

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The best place to buy the chocolates is from their flagship store on the ground floor of Resorts World (beside Café Maxims) because they usually carry the complete flavors, particularly the new ones.

 

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They have the standard orange boxes, but they can also customize the packaging for corporate giveaways or if you want to put your own special seal for the chocolates.

Shelf life of the chocolates is up to 6 months if kept between 13 to 16 degrees storage area. 

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Vince introduced the new Villa del Conte flavors to a close group of business friends

Overall, we find Villa del Conte's chocolates top-notch and really yummy. I like how they are individually wrapped and color-coded too.

It's great to know that this Filipino-Branded Italian Artisan Chocolate has raised the level of artisan chocolate quality and flavors here in Manila. It pushes the boundaries of what is possible with Filipino Brands and what is possible with chocolates in the world. :)

You've got to try it for yourself or give it as an awesome gift for your special someone!

Rockwell Ultimate Taste Test: 4.15/5

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Villa Del Conte is a Filipino Brand of artisan chocolate made from a rural town in Padova, Italy. Check out the complete story of VILLA DEL CONTE Chocolates.

Our favorite flavors are:

  • Praline Balls in Dark Chocolate with Coffee Cream Filling (Black Wrapper), 
  • Praline Balls in Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut Cream Filling  (Silver Wrapper),
  • Salted Toffee,
  • Tartufone (Chocolate with Hazelnuts), and
  • Chocolate-coated Castañas

No doubt, this is the best chocolate in Manila this holiday season. :) Congratulations, Villa Del Conte, for winning the #3 spot in the Ultimate Taste Test series!

 

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What Foodies Say About Your Food:

  • Talk about rich chocolate
  • The best ever
  • Excellent Chocolate
  • Silky smooth chocolate. Thumbs up
  • Delightfully good! 
  • Chocolate is smooth
  • Love the chocolates
  • Smooth! Tasked like premium
  • Loved the hazelnut! The dark chocolate suffered a bit in comparison
  • Tasty!
  • Sorry. Dont like that much
  • had to go back for more
  • Keep it up
  • Love your chocolate w/ hazelnut
  • Delicious chocolates!
  • too sweet
  • Yummy! I love hazelnut
  • Not dark enough
  • one of the best
  • More serving please
  • Love it
  • Have tried it before & would definitely recommend it!
  • tastes gourmet
  • rich choco
  • hazelnut too sweet for me
  • coffee cream is good
  • the milk one was heaven
  • love the hazelnut
  • hazelnut is good
  • dark choco and coffee nice
  • smooth and creamy
  • very good
  • I love choco
  • legit italian chocolate love it
  • kinda sweet
dark chocolate praline balls with coffee cream filling

 

  • nice balance w/ coffee but too slightly sweet
  • love the coffee dark choco
  • definitely the best
  • good flavor
  • who doesn't love good chocolate
  • chocolate tastes good
  • amazing
  • yum yum yum
  • love the hazelnut
  • chocolate is and will always be great
  • too sweet
  • yummy
  • Great!
  • Rich Chocolate
  • Love the hazel, good PR, friendly staff
  • Chocolate
  • Like in switzerland
  • Yummy!
  • I'll Recommend it!
  • Best chocolate in the world
  • Great Texture.
  • Real quality chocolates
  • milk chocolate = good
  • good job