Forrey and Galland: No ordinary chocolatier
Forrey and Galland was born in 1912 in Paris as a cocco-couture child to La Belle Epoque. By its own admission Forrey and Galland symbolizes the French tradition of luxurious and handmade chocolates and macaroons with a commitment to perfection and excellence. The chocolatier opened its first store in Dubai in 2008.
On 29 March 2017 I accepted an invitation from KBS Communications and Forrey and Gallard to attend an exclusive tasting of the brand's sweet offerings in Dubai. Before that evening I had not knowing experienced their chocolates. I say not knowing because I tasted these delightful chocolates on an Emirates flight. At the time of writing the brand's chocolates are handed out in the front cabins of all Emirates flights. Forrey and Galland competed against larger mega brand chocolatiers to win the contract to distribute its chocolates on Emirates' aircrafts.
Forrey and Galland is located on the lower ground level of the Dubai Mall. Here are 3 reasons why I'm a recent convert to this brand:
1. Macarons : When I am in Paris I eat my weight in macarons (believe me people...that's a heck of a lot of macarons!). When I've tasted macrons from Parian patisserie powerhouses in the Middle East I find that the filling or the texture of the macaroons just isn't the same excellent quality that I've tasted in Mademoiselle Chanel's home town. Macarons from Forrey and Galland taste fresh, the filling isn't an oversweet jam-jar like consistency and the maximum shelf life is 3 days. In my opinion the most delectable flavours are pistachio, rose and (my favourite) raspberry.
2. East meets West : Many of Forrey and Galland's products are conceived in Paris but inspired by Arabia. Rosewater and saffron sit comfortably in many of their sweet delights. I love this sweet fusion of culture and tastes that has become my Parabian addiction.
3. Ultimate gifts : The gift boxes are truly stunning (see below for a box which the brand customized for me). I like the fact that Forrey and Galland does not have a standardized gift brochure. Corporate gifts are made and designed in collaboration with the customer - a truly bespoke experience. It showcases the brand's understanding of the importance of discretion when it comes to sheltering another brand's identity and corporate message. The brand also creates stunning center pieces and favors for parties and celebrations.