Life is like a box of chocolates: it ends quickly when it tumbles into lava. Enjoy the transient experience of sweet pleasure while you can with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of gourmet chocolate confections at Royal Palm Chocolates, a locally owned sweet shop on Collier Center Way.
Royal Palm proprietor Philip Fincher sidestepped a career in law to hop aboard his hovering dream-cloud of chocolate making. After graduating at the top of his class from the Notter School of Pastry Arts, Fincher honed his craft in the kitchen of the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort in Naples. In 2009, he opened Royal Palm Chocolates, which lures locals with gourmet goodies crafted from semi-sweet Belgian chocolate. Molded and elegantly painted morsels flaunt 23 silky ganache infusions, including traditional flavors such as dark chocolate as well as tropical tastes such as key lime, mojito, Malibu rum, passion fruit, and secretly-passionate-about-Zac-Efron pomango. Pick up an eight-piece gift box ($19.02 including tax) as a sweet holiday gift for a devoted choir director, or test your teeth's tread by sending them on a hike through a package of dark-chocolate rocky-road bark ($12.71 including tax).
- A true treasure of Naples – Andrea Bosco, Naples Illustrated