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The fact that these truffles are divinely delectable is just half the story — just look at the packaging
Take a cue from the Royals on this one, Prestat's truffles are on point.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’ll come out and say it — we’re chocoholics. In fact, it doesn’t even need to be the biggest chocolate-infused holiday for us to admit that; chocolate is just that good.
But although we stand by our beloved brands like Godiva, Jacques Torres, and Neuhaus, it must say something about your brand when it’s dubbed a royal favorite. Such is the case with Prestat, the London-based brand that has scored fans here and across the pond — even Her Majesty, the Queen of England.
Though the truffles, chocolates, and pralines are available in select retailers across the U.S., they’re being showcased in a one-stop pop-up shop at New York City's Fifth Avenue icon, Henri Bendel.
When we stopped in to sample the fare and meet Nick Crean, Prestat’s co-owner, we were stunned by not only the gorgeous jewel-colored packaging, but by a little fun fact — Prestat sells heart-shaped boxes all year round.
Why? Simply because the box (and what’s inside) makes a serious statement, not to mention a great gift for those situations when you need to impress — or smooth things over with — your special someone.
Our personal favorites are definitely the salted caramel truffles as well as the brand’s big hit, champagne truffles.
The Henri Bendel pop-up shop is open through Valentine’s Day, but these sweet treats can be found at a few retailers year-round in the U.S. — see where here.
Foods That The Queen Forbids The Royal Family From Eating
There's something to be said for living like a king or a queen. You've got your many palaces, your killer outfits (greenscreen or otherwise) — oh, and then there's all the swans that come with the job. Who wouldn't want to live a life like that? Well, that's reality for the U.K.'s Queen Elizabeth, her children, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. All royals have it good, of course, but these people obviously have it best.
It's not all sunshine and roses, though. Life as a royal is a life of duty, and aside from the endless foreign tours, charity events, grand openings, and meet-and-greets, the royals are also forced to follow a number of very strict, and sometimes very strange rules. And that goes for what they eat and drink, too. We're a long way away from the heady days of gluttonous royal feasts and ever-fattening kings, and today the Queen enforces a number of strict regulations regarding how her family eats. These are the foods that the royal family are forbidden from eating. Some of them are sure to surprise you.
The Queen's favourite foods are nothing like Prince Philip's
After cooking for the Queen at Buckingham Palace for 11 years, former royal chef Darren McGrady knows a thing or two about Her Majesty's diet, including her likes and dislikes.
Unlike her husband Prince Philip, he revealed the monarch is not a foodie and prefers traditional British and French cuisine. But one food she will never turn down is chocolate &ndash and we don't blame her!
In an exclusive interview with HELLO! Online, Darren unveiled exactly what foods the Queen ate behind closed doors.
"She is absolutely a chocoholic," he said. "Anything we put on the menu that had chocolate on, she would choose, especially chocolate perfection pie."
WATCH: The Queen's favourite foods may surprise you
Darren, who also worked at Kensington Palace for four years, said of the Queen's savoury choices: "For a main course she loved game, things like Gaelic steak, fillet steak with a mushroom whisky sauce, especially if we did it with venison.
The former royal chef revealed the Queen loves chocolate!
"For a first course she loved the Gleneagles pâté, which is smoked salmon, trout and mackerel. She loved using ingredients off the estate and so if we had salmon from Balmoral from the River Dee, she'd have that, it was one of her favourites. We used a repertoire of dishes, mainly British and French food. We cooked a lot of traditional French food like halibut on a bed of spinach with a Morney sauce."
The chef added: "But the Queen never was a foodie. She always ate to live rather than live to eat. Prince Philip was the foodie. He'd want to try any new dishes all the time and got excited about new ingredients whereas the Queen, if we had a new recipe, she'd have to look at the whole recipe before saying, 'Yes ok let's try it'. But for the most part she stuck to the same dishes week in week out."
Despite travelling all over the world, the Queen is not an adventurous eater
A red leather-bound book of menus, written in French, would be sent up to the Queen each week, containing a wide variety of recipes. "We prepared the menus three days ahead so we could get the food in," said Darren. "The chefs would pick the menus and she would put a line through the ones she didn't want. Sometimes she'd put a line through it all and put something different, like if she was having dinner with Prince Andrew, his favourite was crème brulee with Sandringham oranges.
"It's like any mum with a son or grandson coming home. If Prince William was coming for tea it would be a chocolate biscuit cake. He loved those," he said.
Darren worked at Buckingham Palace for 11 years and Kensington Palace for four
The author of Eating Royally concluded: "Cooking at Buckingham Palace was amazing. It was everything I expected it to be. They have the most amazing produce, the best quality food, the best ingredients to work with. Just little things like picking up the phone and calling Harrods and asking for a rack of lamb with a two-inch eye of meat and six bones &ndash you got everything you wanted."
Darren trained in his hometown of Nottingham and worked at The Savoy in London, but he decided to apply for a job at the palace after camping out on the Mall on the eve of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding. It was then that he thought how "amazing" it would be to work in the royal kitchens, and a few weeks later he went in for an interview and secured a job.
The Queen's favourite chocolates revealed – and they're perfect for Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and if you're still looking for the perfect gift for that special someone, look no further. The Queen's favourite chocolate has been revealed &ndash and if it's good enough for the monarch, it's good enough for us! According to former royal chef Darren McGrady, Her Majesty favours truffles by Bond Street chocolatiers Charbonnel et Walker, long known for its connection to the royal family. Darren took to Twitter this week to share a photo of the company's Pink Champagne Truffles, revealing: "Wondering what fancy chocolates to buy for Valentine's Day? Here are The Queen's favourites!"
The Queen's favourite foods
Founded in 1875, Charbonnel et Walker is one of the few chocolatiers to be endorsed by the Royal Warrant as one of the few chocolatiers to Her Majesty The Queen. It allows the company to display the Royal Coat of Arms alongside their own logo. And the monarch isn't the only fan. Other iconic customers have included Princess Diana, Princess Margaret, Wallis Simpson, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Alec Guinness, Lauren Bacall and Noel Coward, who requested a box of chocolates to be delivered to his home every fortnight.
Darren spent 11 years working for the Queen at Buckingham Palace, before he moved to Kensington Palace to cook for Princess Diana until her death in 1997. "We used a repertoire of dishes," he previously told HELLO!. "It was British and French food. We cooked a lot of traditional French food like halibut on a bed of spinach with a Mornay sauce. All the menus were in French too. I don't know how long that dated back to but even the family dining menu was in French. The Queen speaks fluent French."
The monarch is known to have a sweet tooth
Darren also revealed that Her Majesty's favourite dessert is anything with chocolate. "She is absolutely a chocoholic. Anything we put on the menu that had chocolate on, she would pick off the menu. She has a red leather-bound menu book and the menus are all written in there. The chefs pick the menus and she puts a line through the ones that she doesn't want," he explained.
Homegrown or foraged produce - Prince Charles
When the Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, advertised for a new sous chef last year, a knowledge of sustainable and organic food was among the job requirements. Carolyn Robb, a former chef to the prince, called him one of the forerunners of the organic movement.
"His farm at Highgrove House was one of the first in the UK to be certified as fully organic," Robb told Food & Wine in 2015. "He also had a traditional English kitchen garden with vegetables and fruit trees. We planned all of the menus around what was in the garden."
Charles is also a fan of foraged food, such as wild mushrooms. Robb writes of foraging for mushrooms with the prince in her 2015 cookbook "The Royal Touch," saying, "One of my fondest memories of my visits to Balmoral, in Scotland, is of foraging for wild mushrooms in the woods in the late summer, something that we did every year. On a few occasions, I accompanied HRH Prince Charles when he went mushroom picking, which was a privilege and something I greatly enjoyed. HRH's knowledge of wild foods is extensive and I learnt many fascinating things from him on these wonderful outings."
Lightly grease a 6-inch-by-2½-inch cake ring with the butter and place on a tray on a sheet of parchment paper.
Break each of the biscuits into almond size pieces by hand and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar until the mixture starts to lighten.
Melt the 4 ounces of the dark chocolate and add to the butter mixture, stirring constantly.
Add the egg and beat to combine.
Fold in the biscuit pieces until they are all coated with the chocolate mixture.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake ring. Try to fill all of the gaps on the bottom of the ring because this will be the top when it is un-molded.
Chill the cake in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
Remove the cake from the refrigerator and let it stand.
Meanwhile, melt the 8 ounces of dark chocolate in a double boiler or saucepan on the stove top over low heat. Slide the ring off the cake and turn it upside down onto a cake wire.
Pour the melted chocolate over the cake and smooth the top and sides using a palette knife.
Allow the chocolate to set at room temperature.
Carefully run a knife around the bottom of the cake where the chocolate has stuck it to the cake wire and lift it onto a tea plate.
Melt the remaining 1 ounce of chocolate and use to decorate the top of the cake.
Queen Elizabeth&rsquos Royal Chef Shared the Recipe for Her Favorite Summertime Scones (Video)
Feel like royalty by recreating these delicious treats at home.
If you’ve been spending your quarantine baking everything under the sun we have one more sugary challenge for you: Make a scone worthy of the Queen’s palate.
In May, the British royal family took to Instagram to share their favorite recipe for fruit scones, noting the tasty treat is often served during the summertime garden parties at their home.
𠇎very year at Garden Parties across The Royal Residences, over 27,000 cups of coffee, 20,000 scones, and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed,” the Instagram post explained. “The Royal Pastry Chefs are happy to share their recipe for fruit scones, which traditionally would be served at Buckingham Palace every summer.”
The ingredients are simple enough, with a mix of flour, baking powder, butter, sugar, eggs, and buttermilk. The only wildcard is finding sultanas. As Kitchn explained, sultanas are a type of raisin made from “various varieties of seedless white-fleshed grapes.” The fruit is a pale yellow color and are often called “golden raisins.” They are slightly sweeter than traditional raisins, but that sweetness certainly lends itself well to this fruity scone recipe.
Want to give the recipe a try for yourself and eat just like you’re the Queen of England? Check out the Instagram video showing the step-by-step process as well as the written directions provided by the pastry chef below.
The Royal Chef Walked Us Through The Queen's Very Favorite Cake Recipe
It's a recipe that's been in the fam for, like, many generations.
Darren McGrady was the personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Princess Diana, Prince Charles, and Princes William and Harry&mdasha family with notoriously specific food needs&mdashfor 15 years. In 1998, he moved to the U.S.A. where he wrote best-selling cookbooks and founded Eating Royally, a fine-dining catering service based in Dallas, TX.
In the second installment of this limited series, Chef McGrady walks Delish through the royals' favorite recipes from his Dallas test kitchen. while spilling all the most glorious royal tea. We talked all things Queen Elizabeth (again!) this time around.
We so enjoyed learning all about the Queen's lil eating habits a few months back that we asked Chef McGrady to revisit his time with her again in a second video, this time dedicated to her favorite sweet indulgence. He ran us through her favorite chocolate cake recipe (she has more than one she enjoys on a semi-regular basis!) and why its one that's been on her radar for a long time.
Firstly, the cake in question is a family heirloom of sorts. It's an untouched recipe that originated with Queen Victoria's kitchen staff (for those who aren't super familiar with British monarchy history, Queen V was Queen E's paternal great-great-grandmother who reigned from 1837 to 1901).
Twice a year, on both Lilibet's actual birthday and her ascension-to-the-throne birthday, she expects this ganache-covered cake. It comes to her exactly the way it came to her great-great-grandma: topped with chocolate decorations and sans candles. For all 11 years Chef made the Queen this cake, he appreciated the history of the dessert and understood why she was so fond of it, but he never was sure of one thing: why the chocolate plaque placed on top of it said nothing more than "Happy Birthday!" No "HBD HRH," or "Let's PARTY, Liz!!"
Tradition's tradition, I suppose.
Watch the cake come together in full above and learn more about the royal chef here.
The Royal Family's Favourite Foods
If you could basically eat whatever the hell you wanted, what would you pick time and time again? That's surely what it's like being a part of the royal family, right? You get to eat your favourite foods every day of the week, if you so chose.
So, we've rounded up the royal family's favourite foods, including the Queen's go-to chocolate treat and the pasta dish Prince George would have for dinner every night of the week if he could. This way we can pretend to be a fly on the wall in the Buckingham Palace kitchen and dining room.
Oh, and seeing as you're here, why not check out the 11 foods the royal family cannot and will not eat?
According to former royal chef, Darren McGrady, the Queen loves nothing more than his chocolate perfection pie, which is a pastry case filled with cinnamon, meringue and chocolate cream.
"She&rsquos absolutely a chocoholic," Darren says. "Anything we put on the menu that had chocolate on she&rsquod choose, especially chocolate perfection pie."
Darren also told Hello! magazine that Queen Elizabeth II also loves steak.
"For a main course she loved game, things like Gaelic steak &ndash fillet steak with a mushroom whisky sauce &ndash especially if we did it with venison."
And for a first course, she loves Gleneagles pâté, which is smoked salmon, trout and mackerel.
"She loved using ingredients off the estate and so if we had salmon from [the queen&rsquos residence in Scotland] Balmoral [Castle], from the River Dee, she&rsquod have that. It was one of her favourites."