Life is a box of (delicious)
THIS EASTER, consider taking your chocolate purchase up a notch with fine Kirkland
Signature™ Spring Belgian Chocolates.
Belgian chocolates, also known as Belgian
pralines, are characterized by a hard chocolate
shell containing a soft center with nuts, sweet
fillings and other goodies. Their 1857 origin
can be traced back to the medical field, when
a pharmacist began hardening chocolate over
bitter medications to make them more palatable. They soon evolved into the candies that
we know and love today.
Modern-day Brussels is often revered as
the chocolate capital, as it is one of the top
producers of chocolate in the world. The city’s
expertly crafted morsels have become internationally renowned.
Since 1999, Costco has partnered with a
Belgian chocolatier to create Kirkland
Signature Belgian Chocolates as a Christmas
item; in 2004 Costco started to offer the chocolates twice a year with the addition of a
This 1-pound, 34-piece box contains 17
different flavors that are sure to please chocolate lovers of all kinds. You’ll find a plethora of
I’M OFTEN ASKED about food-and-wine
pairings, and often my best reply is: Experiment! But when it comes to lamb, a good
Malbec is one of my top recommendations.
Malbec is a full-bodied and well-struc-tured wine with a gorgeous, deep violet
color. It’s known for its black cherry and blackberry fruitiness, with hints of dark chocolate.
If this sounds enticing enough to drink alone,
it certainly is. But it really comes to life when
paired with foods, including lamb. Malbec’s
fruit profile is a perfect complement to lamb’s
Costco’s line of Kirkland Signature
wines covers a growing variety of styles,
and now that includes the Kirkland Signature
2012 Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina.
Winemakers in this South American country
have perfected the art of making excellent
Malbec. Mendoza province, known as the
land of sun and wine, is in Argentina’s
most important and acclaimed wine region,
making it a natural choice as the place to
produce our Kirkland Signature wine.
This varietal is aged in oak barrels for 12
months. I love its elegance and balance of
fruit and oak. It’s offered at a tremendous
value at Costco. If you have lamb this Easter,
Kirkland Signature Malbec is a
sure bet. Or just enjoy it on its
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fillings hidden in shells of dark, milk and
Other Belgian chocolates can cost upwards of $50 per pound, according to Costco
buyer Maura Gibson. The Kirkland Signature
Spring Belgian Chocolates Gift Box is offered
for $11.99, an exceptional value. The packages
are neatly wrapped in bright, spring-themed
paper, topped with a coordinating ribbon.
This product joins several Kirkland Signature products as part of Costco’s sustainable
cocoa program, which sources cocoa beans
using socially responsible and environmentally friendly methods.
Look for these chocolates in warehouses
through Mother’s Day.—Hana Medina
New this year are (left to right):
Macchiato, Almond Lait, Greek
Yogurt & Honey, Jardin Pistache,
Crocant, Don Juan and Coconut.
New flavors to savor
Macchiato: Milk chocolate
filled with an intense ganache
flavored with espresso and
Almond Lait: Milk chocolate
with a layer of almond bits
combined with a smooth
See page 51 for a
recipe that pairs
well with Malbec.
PHOTOS: FRANCE FREEMAN
Greek Yogurt & Honey:
Dark chocolate filled with
smooth Greek yogurt blended
with sweet clover honey.
Jardin Pistache: Dark
chocolate filled with hazelnut
paste and topped with pistachio and hazelnut sprinkles.
Crocant: Milk chocolate filled
with crunchy crisped rice
added to a smooth hazelnut
Don Juan: White chocolate
cup filled with Tahitian vanilla
and topped with a layer of
Coconut: Dark chocolate
filled with a white chocolate
ganache mixed with flakes of
JOINING LONG-STANDING favorites such as Lavender, White
Manon and Caramel Ganache, seven new flavors are in this
year’s spring box.—HM