Thursday, February 4, 2021

The Peninsula Manila Celebrates The Year Of The Ox With Limited-Edition Lucky Chocolate Trees

Mandarin oranges, peanut candy, and glutinous rice cakes have historically been the biggest foods contending for space on the snack platters of the Chinese Lunar New Year festivities, until now that is.

Say hello to The Peninsula Manila’s limited-edition line of Lunar Chinese New Year edible fine chocolate trees.

The Peninsula Manila, long recognized for its lavish hampers, teas, cakes, and chocolates, has rolled out a limited-edition line of edible chocolate trees this year to welcome the Year of the Ox. They will be available at The Peninsula Boutique from February 1 to 15.

Edible to the core, Senior Sous Chef Annalyn Solano and her team have created two Chinese New Year-themed trees – a Mandarin Orange Tree and a Golden Fortune Money Tree –using Auro Single Origin Chocolate. Painstakingly molded and finished by hand, even the “soil,” trunk, branches, leaves, and fruit of the Mandarin Orange Tree and the goldfish-embossed gold coins of the Golden Fortune  Money Tree are made of chocolate. So, once you’ve made your way through all the orange fruit and coins, keep on munching! 

Orange sounds like the Chinese word for “wealth.” Through the play of words, the Chinese have traditionally associated the gift of oranges as the abundance of happiness and prosperity.

The fruit’s bright orange color also symbolizes “gold.” This is an auspicious symbol of good luck and wealth, an important factor for the Chinese New Year celebration. Goldfish, on the other hand are believed to bring about prosperity amid adversity.

The mandarin orange fruits are filled with an intense mandarin-flavored ganache while the gold-dusted coins embossed with lucky goldfish are made using dark chocolate

The Peninsula Manila Chinese Lunar New Year Mandarin Orange Tree and Golden Fortune Money Tree are available at The Peninsula Boutique for P3,888. 

With every purchase of either the Mandarin Orange Tree and Lucky Money Tree at The Peninsula Boutique, patrons will additionally get eight red lai see envelopes, which are customarily passed to children and elders stuffed with money. The number eight is believed to be an auspicious number because in Mandarin it sounds like the word for “creating riches.” Also, the figure “8” is known as the symbol of infinity. Therefore, putting these two together, we have the symbolic meaning of “endlessly creating riches.”

Also available at The Peninsula Boutique are Chinese New Year Lychee-Strawberry Macarons for P125 each, Chinese New Year Chocolate Pralines for P75 each, and Chinese New Year-themed Cakeaway Afternoon Tea Set for P2,950. 

The Lobby will be also be serving a Chinese New Year-themed Afternoon Tea Set for P875 and P1,490 (with a glass of Champagne). This will be available throughout the month of February.

All prices are inclusive of taxes.

For inquiries and orders, please call +63 (2) 8887 2888 (trunk line), +63 2 8887 5747 (The Peninsula Boutiwue), email or through PenChat, The Peninsula Manila’s 24-hour e-concierge by clicking

About The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH) 

Incorporated in 1866 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (00045), The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited is the holding company of a Group which is engaged in the ownership, development, and management of prestigious hotels and commercial and residential properties in key locations in Asia, the United States and Europe, as well as the provision of tourism and leisure, club management and other services. The Peninsula Hotels portfolio comprises The Peninsula Hong Kong, The Peninsula Shanghai, The Peninsula Beijing, The Peninsula Tokyo, The Peninsula New York, The Peninsula Chicago, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, The Peninsula Paris, The Peninsula Bangkok and The Peninsula Manila. Projects under development include The Peninsula London, The Peninsula Istanbul and The Peninsula Yangon. The property portfolio of the Group includes The Repulse Bay Complex, The Peak Tower and St. John’s Building in Hong Kong; The Landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and 21 avenue Kl├ęber in Paris, France. The clubs and services portfolio of the Group includes The Peak Tram in Hong Kong; Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California; Peninsula Clubs and Consultancy Services, Peninsula Merchandising, and Tai Pan Laundry in Hong Kong.

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