PEP Gift Guide Day 58: Max Collins is all for good quality, locally produced chocolate

IMAGE Allan Sancon

Locally produced chocolate, that is as smooth and tasty as imported varieties, is what Max Collins and Ralfe Gourmet Boutique are offering you this Christmas.

58 DAYS TO GO. Like most people, GMA Network actress Max Collins admits to having a sweet tooth.

"Mahilig talaga ako sa chocolate," admits the statuesque beauty in a recent interview with (Philippine Entertainment Portal).

Max's penchant for sweets makes her the perfect partner for a chocolate business.

Last year, she met Raquel Choa, owner of the Cebu-based Ralfe Gourmet Boutique.

They hit it off immediately and Max was prompted to help this artisan chocolate shop to expand in Metro Manila.

"We share the same vision," says Max about Raquel.

"It just seemed right that we work together and bring it to Manila."

SMOOTH CHOCOLATES. Ralfe Gourmet produces its chocolate products from locally sourced cacao pods.

Max is quite proud of their products, because customers have complimented the smooth texture of their chocolate.

"People ask me if it's imported, but I say, 'It doesn't have to be imported. People just have to be as creative as Raquel.'"

Creative indeed.

Check out this chocolate bonbon shaped like a real strawberry fruit:

Boxes of these yummy treats are perfect to give away for Christmas.

Let your friends indulge in high-quality chocolate creations, such as pralines and truffles in different flavors.

But for a real indulgence, why not present your loved ones with chocolate murals (see main photo) made from pure cacao, just like the ones displayed in Max's house?

Ralfe Gourmet is also a supplier to high-end hotels and establishments in Cebu, and they have offer unique chocolate products, such as the tablea chocolate peanut butter—a true joy on bread!

Learn more about the company's sweet lineup of goodies on





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