[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Neuhaus recently introduced five chocolates as part of their new Precious Collection ($50 for a set of 20 chocolates). The pralines, smooth and glossy, are cut in the shapes of jewels with names to match. Jade is a tear-shaped milk chocolate with a honey and walnut ganache, while Pearle features coffee and dark chocolate. Divine is a half moon of soft caramel and hazelnuts enrobed in milk chocolate, and Rubis offers a double dose of silky dark chocolate. My favorite of the set? Glamour. Pictured above, it's the most complex and least sweet of the five. Dark chocolate shells harbor a caramel-colored filling of praliné à l'ancienne, a traditional, no nonsense praline. It's rough with ground hazelnuts and velvety with a texture akin to halvah. Pop a whole chocolate in your mouth and let it melt.


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About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.

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