by The Chocolate Dictionary
A chocopolis, literally a “city of chocolates”, is an enormous quantity of chocolates contained within one box. 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 commonly refers to boxes sold by chocolatiers for, as they put it, “corporate entertaining” and “dinner parties”. Though why they should be so coy about acknowledging chocophiles actually purchase such a brobgingnagian selections for themselves has yet to be explained.
L’Artisan du Chocolat have a chocopolis called the Large Opulence Pyramid, which comes in at an impressive 2,300g and costs £300. La Maison du Chocolat have their 1,615g Boîte Maison containing over 200 pieces and costs £200. 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.
The question often asked is when does a large box of chocolates become a chocopolis? The answer is, to a certain extent, subjective. Anything that catches the eye as being particularly impressive for its opulence can be classed as a chocopolis. Although popular consensus accepts any box containing over 75 pieces is worthy of the definition, Bendicks used to sell a “yard of Bittermints” – their famously intense dark chocolate Bittermints in a 36-inch (90cm) long box containing 66 pieces – and this, for sheer length alone, was extravagant enough to qualify.