by The Chocolate Dictionary
A chocopolis, literally ‘a city of chocolates’, is an enormous box of chocolates. Although record-breaking boxes are put together to grab headlines (like the Frango mints assembled by Marshall Field’s in 2002, which weighed stomach-bursting 1,463kg), chocopolis usually refers to boxes sold for corporate entertaining and dinner parties.
L’Artisan du Chocolat have a chocopolis called the Pyramide du Chocolat, containing six tiers and costing £325. La Maison du Chocolat have their Boîte Maison containing 200 pieces. Godiva do a ballotin containing 140 pieces; Hotel Chocolat have their Signature Cabinet with three drawers containing a total of 138 pieces, as well as their Chocolatier’s Table Luxe containing 125 pieces; and Guylian do an 880g box containing 76 truffles and praline-filled seashells.
Although popular consensus accepts that any box containing over 75 pieces is worthy of the definition, Bendicks used to sell a ‘yard of Bittermints’ – a dramatic 36-inch (90cm) long box containing 66 pieces. Perhaps it was a bit small compared to other chocopoleis, but for length alone it was still deserving of the name.