This Local, Handmade Chocolate Brand Started From a Kitchen Mistake
It's also a great way to treat yourself.
(SPOT.ph) There's always something celebratory about getting a box of chocolates—whether they're given as a gift or you get them for yourself. They're a great way to play with different flavors in a neat little package, and it's always a plus when they're as much of a treat for the eyes as they are for the taste buds. We recently spotted an online seller that makes one-of-a-kind bonbons you can have all year round—with an interesting origin story, too: meet Robin's Chocolates, a purveyor of handmade chocolate confections and cookies.
The venture gets its name from that of owner Rachel Rosario's son. "He is the one [who] gets me going every day. He is the reason I work hard, to provide for him," she shares in an interview with SPOT.ph. One Christmas, Rosario had the idea to create chocolate truffles as gifts for her officemates, but accidentally added too much cream for them to hold their shape. To remedy the situation, she got a silicone mold and used it to salvage the mixture, not realizing she "kind of" accidentally made bonbons in the process (despite not knowing what bonbons were at the time!). Rosario only officially discovered bonbons when she stumbled upon the Instagram page of New York-based Stick With Me Sweets, and soon enrolled in a chocolate crash course at the Academy of Pastry and Culinary Arts before eventually establishing Robin's Chocolates.
"Since I was still working in an office and being a single mom to Robin, I didn’t do Robin’s Chocolates full time, even after my course at [the Academy of Pastry and Culinary Arts] (APCA)," says Rosario. "It was only always for Christmas orders or a friend’s or relative’s orders that I did the bonbons. It was only when the pandemic started that I needed to quit my day job to help Robin with his online class. I’d do the online class with Robin in the morning, and do bonbons in the afternoon to generate income."
Robin's Chocolates creates their bonbons (P150/box of four, P275/box of nine, 350/box of 12) using Belgian couverture chocolates. Beyond their picturesque appearance, they've got a stellar flavor lineup that includes classics like Cashew, Coffee Caramel, S'Mores, Chocnut, Macadamia, Cookies & Cream, and Salted Caramel—as well as more fun variants like Matcha, Milk Tea, Chocolate Cheese, PB&J, and Ube.
For those who prefer to get their dessert fix in another form, you can also go for their cookies. Go for the Chocolate Chip (P150/box of six), or their premium variants (P300/box of six) which include the Rocky Road, Blueberry Cheesecake, Birthday, Macadamia White Chocolate, S'Mores, and Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jelly.
Ready to order? You can send Robin's Chocolates a message on Facebook or Instagram, and send your payment through bank deposit, Paymaya, or GCash. They do deliveries within Metro Manila from Mondays to Thursdays; just be sure to send in your order by 4 p.m. the day before. You can also opt to book your own courier—just make sure to go for the insulated-box option.
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