Yes, we ship to 244 countries from Europe by DHL Express. Delivery averages 2 business days for North America, overnight for Europe, 2 to 3 days for the Middle East and 2 to 4 days for Australia and Asia. We ship the same day if your order is received before Midday (noon) GMT. Otherwise, we ship the next business day. The shipping fee is a flat fee per recipient regardless of the size or value of your order. However, shipping is complimentary if you order a minimum of 3 products for delivery to a single address.
Our chocolates are handmade by Gold Medal Winner, Chocolate World Championship and Meilleur Ouvrier de France Pascal Caffet and have been savored by country leaders, celebrities and VIPs worldwide since November 1999. zChocolat has received numerous accolades and awards worldwide including "Forbes's Favorite" and "Best of the Web" by Forbes, Inc. since 2005, "Top 5 Chocolate Gifts for Valentine's Day" by the Food Network, "Best Online Chocolatier" by Web Magazine, "Best Lesser-Known Gift Site on the Web" by the Wall Street Journal and "Top 10 eBusiness Websites in France" by IBM, Ernst & Young and Le Figaro. So we like to think that our chocolates have the power to make people truly happy :).
We ship to warm destinations such as the Middle East, southern states of the U.S. and Southeast Asia every day using our special summer packaging. Our summer packaging guarantees that your chocolates will arrive in perfect condition anywhere in the world. Insulated containers and refrigerant packs maintain an interior temperature between 15°C and 20°C (59°F and 67°F) until delivery, regardless of the outside weather and temperature. This summer packaging is selected automatically based on your recipient's local weather and temperature, no action is required on your part.
Yes, you can handpick your favorite zChocolates for all products. On the product page, under My chocolate assortment, select the personalized assortment and make your individual selections.
Our iPhone & iPad Web Applications are compatible with all personal digital assistants provided that they are connected to the Internet. To install the application, open Safari and go to iphone.zchocolat.com for the iPhone and ipad.zchocolat.com for the iPad, then touch the rectangle symbol with a right arrow located at the bottom of the page and select 'Add to Home Screen' - that's it.
All zChocolat products are delivered with a detailed description of each chocolate in English, Spanish and French. Each product contains the biography of World Champion French chocolatier Pascal Caffet as well as educational material on how to taste and store our chocolates in a booklet bearing our logo. The booklet and your personal gift card are inserted in the front pocket of the drawstring pouch enclosing your gift. The left side of your gift card reads: "This product was shipped to your attention in (city and country of your gift recipient) directly from our gourmet facility in Aix-en-Provence, France." We do not include any invoices or commercial or sales material in our shipments.
None of our chocolates contain alcohol or animal fats of any kind.
According to a law (2000 / 36 / CE) adopted on June 23rd, 2000 by the European Parliament, chocolate producers are now allowed to replace a portion of the cocoa butter in chocolate with vegetable fats. This portion may not exceed 5% of the finished product. Without going into the history of this decision, adding anything other than cocoa butter to chocolate makes no sense other than economically. What is profitable to some is detrimental to others, and this means the rich chocolate consumer countries will save on the purchase of cocoa beans to the harm of the producing countries, the economy of which often depends on the market for cocoa beans. By adopting an approach of using only 100% cocoa butter, zChocolat respects the quality and the nutritional value of high-end chocolate while defending the principle of fairer business practices.
All our chocolates are gluten-free except the following 2 chocolates: number 8, number 19. If you are sending chocolates to someone with gluten intolerance, make sure that you select a personalized assortment and leave out these 2 chocolates.
We accept all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club), personal checks in US dollars or euros, wire transfers and Paypal.
If you have several gift recipients, save time and email us your gift recipient list in Excel format at email@example.com. You can also request our Excel Order Form for Multiple Recipients directly from our Customer Service team.
Yes, absolutely; however, we also require the city and country of delivery, because your package will be delivered by DHL Express and not the U.S. Postal Service. It is also highly recommended to provide a local phone number.
No, we do not. If you would like to try our chocolates, we recommend our Traditional and Exotic assortments from our Assortment Collection. It is the most convenient way to taste all our signature numbered chocolates.
Since we have offices in Ojai, California and ship directly from France, customers worldwide who order our chocolates for delivery in the U.S. do not pay sales tax or customs duties. We also have a toll-free number in the U.S. that gift recipients can call should they have any questions: 1-800-529-9512.
The Value Added Tax, or VAT, in the European Union is a general, broadly based consumption tax assessed on the value added to goods and services. It applies to all goods and services that are bought and sold for use or consumption in the Community. It is 5.50% on zBoxes & basswood boxes and 19.60% on all mahogany boxes. All services including shipping and customization use the 19.60% rate.
Please note that if you are not available at delivery time, DHL will attempt to deliver your package again on the following day. If you are not home for the second delivery attempt, DHL will leave a note to your attention. This way, you may call back DHL and organize a delivery time at your convenience.
Our chocolates are meant to be eaten within three weeks after delivery and should not be refrigerated or frozen, as this can spoil their delicate flavor or alter the creamy texture of their fillings. They should be kept in a cool place (15°C to 20°C / 59°F to 67°F) with 50 to 60% humidity.
Security is a prime concern of ours. Our server is properly configured to protect your personal information, and all transmissions between your browser and our server are encrypted using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) using Verisign® technology. We do not store your credit card number. It is used only to get an authorization from your bank at the time of checkout, and then it is discarded. For added security, use a unique, strong password that includes letters, numbers and special characters for your account and, most importantly, a credit card dedicated to Internet shopping. Moreover, when opening an account with zChocolat or any other online merchant, do not use the same password as your email account.
If for any reason your chocolates are not delivered in perfect condition, we ship replacement chocolates immediately. If it is a gift, we contact the gift recipient (with your approval), apologize, and schedule a redelivery immediately.
Even though you may view prices in different currencies, your card will be charged in euros (EUR). Your credit card company determines the rate of exchange on the day the charge is made. The charge your credit card company levies may differ slightly from the rate shown on our site due to daily fluctuations in exchange rates or credit card company policy. The exchange rates used on zChocolat.com are gathered from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, representing the noon buying rates from the prior business day according to their availability. Exchange rates are believed to be reliable but zChocolat.com makes no warranties regarding these values.