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What About This For A Gift Idea?

If you can’t think what to buy to impress a loved one then maybe this box of chocolates from Dubai is just the thing.  At £600 a box it’s an expensive present.

On display in the food hall of Harrods, they certainly look the part. It is as if an army of elves has lovingly crafted them; many are shaped into colourful flowers, petals or shiny lozenges. The pistachios are Italian, the almonds are Tunisian.

Each delicate drop of luxury is handmade in Dubai (in a temperature-controlled factory) before being flown to Britain. First class, no doubt.

The black, lacquered box lined with gold leaf, covered in Swarovski crystals contain 240 individual “jewels of confectionery reflecting the wonders of nature”. Or sweets, to you and me clearly a notch above Black Magic.

They include an Arabic coffee ganache with almond marzipan covered in milk chocolate; a “boulet fekia”, comprising pistachio, hazelnut and rose water, rolled in white chocolate; a “warda pine”, which is pistachio and almond with pine seeds and a white chocolate flower; and various fruit jellies and marzipan gems.

“Each sweet is a masterpiece presented in a tempting style to give you a unique sensual experience,” the leaflet gushes.

To be fair, the company is selling quite a few large boxes every day, which suggests that there is a market for them.

A spokesman for Delice says: “These £600 boxes are for weddings, parties and celebrations. They weigh the same as a small child. But you can buy something far more modest.”

“Think we will stick with cadbury’s, just think how many bars you can have for £600 and you don’t hav eto share!” say’s Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.


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