Somewhere along the line we became acquainted with BARÚ - tasty chocolate treats from a small Belgian company. "Hand-made in small batches...all natural, no flavouring or any other funny business." -Actually now I think of it, we had picked up a box of caramel hippos in the esteemed food emporium (eatery & drinkery) Fallon & Byrne in Dublin. It's a bit fancy so it's Fallow & Ball to me n him. Anyway those hippos were sublime, it was the fleur de sel that sealed the deal; hand-harvested in Brittany, the top bloom is collected from sea-salt pans and apparently has 'more mineral complexity than mere table salt' (wiki). Fortuitously those briny hippos were on post-xmas special or we may have walked on by them at the original €12 a pop; the packing was cute but belied the complexity of the mineralogy contained therein. They are deee-licious.
So we scurried about for an online deal and promptly a taster gift box turned up. The quality of packaging required documenting. That shoe box will certainly find a new role once the contents (eked out nightly with ceremony and parsimony) The fleur de sel simply must be sampled.