'Basil and I will meet you at Oxford.
Could you bring a box of Charbonel's chocolates - chiefly No.9's.
Put it down to Mother. I'll pay her.'
But Easter has forgotten them.
'Well what was to be done?
A thousand times over would she have exchanged
her new dressing-case
for a brown papered parcel of chocolates.'
No matter -
'If I wire for them,' Easter thought,
'they'd be here in the morning.'
from Mad Puppetstown by Molly Keane.
Then of course I had to know -
what flavour is a No.9?
And Victoria Leadbitter at Charbonnel et Walker
was happy to help.
It is the Café Charbonnel a coffee flavoured dark chocolate.
Is it still available and what are the other flavours?
She wrote again from her splendid address:
1 Royal Arcade,
28 Old Bond Street,
'The chocolates are not really numbered anymore,' but
Many of them are still made today;
we just tend to refer to them as their names rather than their numbers.
Although plenty of our customers who have been shopping with us
for many years still refer to them in numbers.
We often receive handwritten notes
from customers requesting boxes filled with
certain numbers to be sent to their homes.
We still custom fill boxes for our customers all the time.
Customers can call, email and drop in store
to have a box filled with whatever they prefer.
We can keep a record of your purchase and preferred chocolates
so you just need to give your name and ask for a repeat order.
We pride ourselves on our personal service
and remembering our customers by name.
Our most popular chocolate today
is our Pink Marc de Champagne Truffle.
Although this one is only six years old.
Our most popular traditional chocolates are our English Rose
& Violet Creams which we have been making
since 1875, to Madame Charbonnel's original recipe.
As soon as the list arrives I will place my hand-written order.
The large crocodile dressing case with gold fittings from Asprey
with its legion of gold-topped boxes
may be a superfluous accoutrement these days
but chocolates will never date.