PastaCheese, wanted to draw more attention to their gift products as the holidays approach. As their name implies, they specialize in gourmet pastas and cheeses, but they also sell chocolates. Sisters and Brothers, we are going to feature four products from PastaCheese throughout the forthcoming year, starting with today's Saturday Sacrament and looking at the Venchi Chocaviar Gift Box. One of our Acolytes commented that this product's title sounded horrible; I suggested he just look at the photo and consider the chocolates inside, as I will. My guess -- I tried doing some research and could not find Venchi's own reasoning -- is that this is supposed to remind one of caviar and thus make a connection between fine, expensive food and fine chocolate. (This isn't as expensive as I thought it might be, so check it out please.)
Venchi has a history of fine chocolate dating back to 1878, when it was founded by Silvano Venchi in Turin, Italy. His goal was to find "chocolate's soul," and his procedures are still followed today. Venchi shops are primarily in Europe, so you have to order the products through various retailers such as PastaCheese.
You can find PastaCheese using this link or via their ad on the right-hand side of our posts; it is also shown below. Note the special discount they are offering readers of The Chocolate Cult! Venchi is only one of 28 chocolate companies that PastaCheese imports, so your range of choices is fairly wide. These are nice gifts for Christmas but also for almost any other occasion, including some of our national and international chocolate and fun food holidays. The quality of the dark chocolate and the history of the company makes this a very worthy Sacrament, as well as a nice gift.