This week, Princess Cruises announced our delectable new partnership, the official debut of Chocolate Journeys, the cruise line’s new onboard chocolate experience, which will entice guests with an impressive array of onboard chocolate offerings include custom-crafted desserts, chocolate and wine pairings, and exquisite chocolate bites created by Norman Love Confections!
Chocolate Journeys will debut this fall aboard the new Regal Princess for her inaugural Caribbean season, and will continue to roll out to the rest of the Princess fleet throughout the next year.
“Around the world there’s incredible passion for chocolate, as evidenced by ever-growing consumption and the plethora of specialty varieties,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. “So we’re excited to partner with one of the best chocolatiers in the world to bring some additional moments of decadence and delight to our guests with truly amazing chocolate experiences that we know they’ll love!”
Swartz added that she believes the partnership with Norman Love was meant to be, because of the line’s close association with the iconic TV show “The Love Boat” and Princess’ reputation for romance. “Based on his name alone this is a perfect match,” she said.
In a recent national survey conducted by the cruise line about people’s passion for chocolate, Princess found that 58 percent of women would choose chocolate over sex; 69 percent surveyed have frequent chocolate cravings; 53 percent surveyed would turn to chocolate over a friend when feeling sad; two thirds surveyed (67 percent) eat chocolate more often when they’re happy than when they’re stressed; 81 percent agree that chocolate improves their mood; and 84 percent would like to receive chocolate as a gift.
“One thing is for certain, chocolate makes people happy,” said Chef Norman Love. “So what I create and what Princess Cruises offers its guests are quite similar – what could make people smile more than savoring decadent chocolate creations while enjoying their cruise vacation? I think we have a winning combination.”
Love has personally trained Princess Cruises’ pastry team to deliver this unprecedented chocolate experience across the company’s fleet of ships.
Chocolate Journeys will offer Princess guests the following sweet experiences:
Decadent Desserts – Norman Love has produced 15 chocolate dessert designs for Princess Cruises that will be offered on a rotational basis in the ships’ main dining rooms, specialty restaurants (Sabatini’s and Crown Grill) and Chef’s Table experience. Examples of the desserts include a Chocolate Tart with Vanilla Mousse and Flourless Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Pistachio Dome with Almond and Pistachio Nougatine, and a truly unique Chocolate Tiramisu with Mascarpone Cream and Espresso Gelato that shouldn’t be missed. (Complimentary in main dining rooms. Specialty restaurants carry a cover charge.)
Chocolate & Wine Pairings – In Vines, Princess’ signature wine bar, wine and chocolate enthusiasts alike can sample Norman Love’s exquisite Black™ Single Origin Dark chocolates paired with specific wine varietals designed to enhance the tasting experience, all selected by Love. (Extra charge)
Captain’s Welcome Reception Treats – Guests will be able to toast the start of their cruise with a glass of bubbly along with “Chocolate Love Pop” truffles created by Love, at the signature welcome reception hosted by the Captain. (Complimentary)
Chocolate Libations – Throughout the ships’ lounges and bars, guests can splurge on a number of decadent chocolate drinks including a Chocolate Salted Caramel Hard Shake, Chocolate Bacon Bourbon Bliss or a Chocolate Chile Margarita. (Extra charge)
Chocolate Dessert Demonstrations – Princess pastry chefs will treat guests to entertaining and informative demonstrations so they can learn some simple tips for creating tasty chocolate treats back home for their family and friends back home. (Complimentary)
Chocolate Petits Fours at Formal Night – Chocolate bites designed by Love will accompany the dessert menu presented to guests following the formal night dinner, for guests to enjoy as they peruse the evening’s sweet endings.
Norman Love Renowned Boxed Chocolates Available for Purchase – Passengers wishing to bring some of Norman Love’s exquisite chocolate confections home to family or friends (or to enjoy themselves during the cruise) will be able to purchase these extraordinary creations in the onboard shops.
Chocolate Spa Treatments – Because chocolate is not only for eating, the ship’s Lotus Spa will offer guests the opportunity to relax with the aroma of pure bliss by offering a Chocolate Indulgence Body Treatment combining a chocolate renewal scrub, whipped chocolate body mask and chocolate massage oil. (Extra charge)
Additional information about Princess’ new Chocolate Journeys experience can be found at www.chocolatejourneys.com.
Norman Love Confections is celebrating Independence Day with its one-day “Freedom to Save” sale. Shop online and in stores on July 1st and enjoy 15% off your entire purchase!
Whether you simply want special treats to enjoy while watching the fireworks, or you’re looking for something gorgeous to offer guests at your Independence Day party, Norman Love Confections is the place to turn. We have a variety of chocolate specialties, including the all-American flavor of S’more Love, as well as Chocolate Gift Boxes and Chocolate Gift Baskets that make excellent hostess gifts!
Whatever you’re looking for, July 1st is your opportunity to save with 15% off your entire purchase – one day only!
Boxes of Chocolate
Add a flair of gourmet to your Independence Day celebration with our Signature Chocolate Gift Boxes. Each box contains an assortment of white, dark and milk chocolate confections and truffles from our 36-flavor signature collection!
Few things are more American than S’mores, and you’ll love our mess-free gourmet twist on this delicious dessert, which combines homemade marshmallows, freshly baked graham crackers and Bourbon vanilla caramel!
From our Signature Chocolate Gift Boxes to Chocolate Gift Baskets, Norman Love Confections is the place to shop for hostess gifts. Every item is beautifully and expertly packaged to protect the decadent fresh artisan creations within. These gifts will help you make a bang on July 4th!
Desserts and Platters
No party , no matter how big or how small, is complete without dessert, and our stunning artisan creations explode with a heavenly combination of gourmet flavors. Warning, they may outshine the fireworks show!
Shop the full selection online and in stores including gourmet Gift Baskets, Norman Love Confections BLACK and a wide variety of Chocolate Specialties!
On May 21 only, save 15% on all online and in-store orders! Just in time for Memorial Day, graduations and school-year farewells, celebrate with savings on gourmet chocolate gifts, artisan desserts, party platters and more!
We have plenty of gifts for teachers, graduates and Memorial Day hosts and hostesses. Order a large gift box to share at your soiree, and if you live in Southwest Florida order special artisan desserts and dessert platters.
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Here are the top 10 gifts for Mom from Norman Love Confections:
- Mother’s Day Gift Boxes – A gift with heart, our signature green gift boxes feature delicious limited edition heart-shaped Mother’s Day chocolates!
- High Heel Shoes – Fashion forward moms will adore our chocolate high heel shoes, available in three styles.
- Gift Baskets – When one gift just isn’t enough, give mom a basketful of gourmet chocolate Love.
- Chocolate Clubs – Keep the celebration going all year long by signing up Mom for one of our Chocolate Clubs. She’ll receive 4 or 12 boxes of chocolates during the next year.
- Norman Love Confections BLACK™ – Dark chocolate lovers delight in these delicious confections and chocolate bars.
- S’more Love® – A gourmet twist on the traditional camp fire treat, S’more Love is all a Mom could want.
- NormanLove Potion™ – Sipping chocolate will warm Mom’s heart, and we serve it with a variety of flavored sugars to suit her personal taste. Plain white, milk and dark chocolate sipping chocolates also available.
- Love Origins™ – Treat Mom and help families afar at the same time with Love Origins™ , which is made with premium cocoa beans from sustainable farms. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Rice Stove Project, an initiative to improve the lives of cacao farm workers and families.
- Nutty Specialties – If your mom is nutty for chocolate and nuts, we have an array of Barks, Bars, Nougats, Turtles and Chocolate-Covered Specialties to choose from.
- Brownie Pops – Our three kinds of brownie pops are so delicious you won’t be able to decide which one to get – so get all three. Mom deserves it… and might share!
Check out our website for other gifts including chocolate golf balls, chocolate sea shells, caramel popcorn and more!
Today is Poem in your Pocket day, a day to share poetry with your community. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to share a great poem about moms by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. We’re also inferring something here… Perhaps Billy is right and “you never can repay your mother,” but Mom deserves a gift she’ll LOVE! Check out the gourmet chocolate gifts created with moms in mind from www.NormanLoveConfections.com.
The Lanyard – Billy Collins
The other day I was ricocheting slowly
off the blue walls of this room,
moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano,
from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor,
when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary
where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard.
No cookie nibbled by a French novelist
could send one into the past more suddenly—
a past where I sat at a workbench at a camp
by a deep Adirondack lake
learning how to braid long thin plastic strips
into a lanyard, a gift for my mother.
I had never seen anyone use a lanyard
or wear one, if that’s what you did with them,
but that did not keep me from crossing
strand over strand again and again
until I had made a boxy
red and white lanyard for my mother.
She gave me life and milk from her breasts,
and I gave her a lanyard.
She nursed me in many a sick room,
lifted spoons of medicine to my lips,
laid cold face-cloths on my forehead,
and then led me out into the airy light
and taught me to walk and swim,
and I, in turn, presented her with a lanyard.
Here are thousands of meals, she said,
and here is clothing and a good education.
And here is your lanyard, I replied,
which I made with a little help from a counselor.
Here is a breathing body and a beating heart,
strong legs, bones and teeth,
and two clear eyes to read the world, she whispered,
and here, I said, is the lanyard I made at camp.
And here, I wish to say to her now,
is a smaller gift—not the worn truth
that you can never repay your mother,
but the rueful admission that when she took
the two-tone lanyard from my hand,
I was as sure as a boy could be
that this useless, worthless thing I wove
out of boredom would be enough to make us even.
Mom’s know better than anyone, there’s nothing better than a little LOVE! Norman Love Confections has a variety of gifts with chocolates that look like works of art and taste incredible. Our Mother’s Day Gift Boxes, which come in sizes ranging from 5 to 50 pieces, include an assortment of chocolates from our 36 Signature Collection and our 10 Mother’s Day Collection heart-shaped chocolates.
Our Mother’s Day Chocolate Collection includes…
This creamy milk chocolate confection captures the warm flavors of fresh-baked cinnamon coffee cake with crunchy pecan topping.
Lovingly layered fresh cherry vanilla jam and decadent cheesecake ganache is embraced in a dark chocolate shell.
Remember summertime picnics with this fresh strawberry preserve over the top of a vanilla shortbread ganache, all captured in this beautiful white chocolate heart.
As simple and comforting as a motherly hug, this perfectly presented white chocolate custard in a thin white shell is a cherished treat.
Inspired by memories of cinnamon and apples wafting through the kitchen air, this tart and crunchy confection is bursting with buttery cooked apples and fresh baked streusel, all wrapped up in a white chocolate shell.
The dough is the most-loved part of baking fresh cookies as a child, and this dark chocolate-wrapped heart is filled with cookie dough ganache, hand mixed with brown sugar, butter and mini chocolate chips.
Baking by mom’s side meant cleaning the batter-laden bowl, and you get to enjoy every last bite with this decadent dark chocolate treat, swirled with toasted walnuts.
German Chocolate Cake
At the end of a long day, mom deserves this sweet little reward, milk chocolate ganache, swirled with luscious coconut and pecan icing, and finished with a milk chocolate shell.
Tart vanilla-soaked peaches and butter pecan topping combine to make this home-style treat with a chocolate twist, all captured in a white chocolate heart.
Chopped walnuts and ripe bananas are tenderly blended into this brown sugar and milk chocolate treat, which is lovingly wrapped in a creamy milk chocolate shell.
The Mother’s Day Collection is available for pre-order beginning April 21st, and we will begin shipping gifts the week of April 28th. Select a delivery date during check-out; for optimal freshness choose a date as close as possible to Mother’s Day, May 11th.
In addition to these decadent confections created just for Mother’s Day, Norman Love Confections has a huge array of gifts to suit the special women in your life, from Chocolate Shoes to Chocolate Golf Balls, Gift Cards to Chocolate Clubs. Come explore the full selection at www.NormanLoveConfections.com.
Norman Love Confections’ recent Easter class attendees created an Easter egg sculpture; casted, assembled and hand painted a dark chocolate egg; and created Swiss truffles to hide within it. The completed eggs were artfully packaged for personal enjoyment or gifting. Through September, the NLC chocolatiers and pastry chefs will share techniques used to create the chocolate indulgences that are ranked No. 1 in the nation. The award-winning team will lead participants in the step-by-step process of making exquisitely beautiful chocolates and desserts. Love has planned an assortment of evening classes that begin at 6:30 p.m. with a wine reception and typically end around 9 p.m. in the Fort Myers Chocolate Salon or Artisan Gelato by Norman Love. The cost is $95 per person, per class. Classes are limited, so early reservations are encouraged. For upcoming class schedule or to make reservations, call Lisa at 239-561-7215 or visit www.normanloveconfections.com.
Everyone has a favorite Easter candy, from chocolate bunnies to jelly beans and marshmallow treats. For kids, the focus is often on getting the most candy in their Easter basket, but for the sophisticated palate sweet nostalgia comes with carefully selected high quality items.
Norman Love Confections offers your favorite Easter candies with a gourmet twist. All of our gourmet chocolate Easter items are made with the finest white, milk and dark chocolates available. In fact, all of our ingredients are carefully selected for freshness and quality throughout the year.
From the 10 gourmet Chocolate Easter Eggs in our 2014 Easter Collection to our amazingly creamy and decadent Chocolate Bunnies, Chocolate-covered Marshmallow Bunnies and Chocolate-covered Jelly Beans, there’s no denying the quality of our selection.
Explore all the Easter gifts and indulgences available now at www.NormanLoveConfections.com/store/Easter-Collection, and don’t forget to check out our recently expanded offering of Chocolate Specialties, which make excellent additions to any Easter basket.
Remember, many of these selections are available through Easter only, so don’t hesitate to try them now!
It’s April 1, but we are as sincere as can be with this offer! We know you’re no “fool” and will hop at this chance to order Easter treats and gifts today!
Our entire 2014 Easter Collection – including 10 delicious new gourmet chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, chocolate-covered marshmallow bunnies, our popular Easter Pail and MORE – is available for pre-order now at http://www.normanloveconfections.com/store/Easter-Collection/. Just place your order and choose a delivery date during check-out!
Here are the need-to-know details about our Easter Pre-Order Sale… Save 15%! Discount applies to online orders of Easter Collection products only. Orders must be placed on April 1, 2014 between 12:01 a.m. EDT and 11:59 p.m. EDT. Discount does not apply to shipping fees, phone orders or purchases made at the Chocolate Salons or at Artisan Gelato by Norman Love.