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Time for some pillow talk!

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I have often wondered how the tradition of placing a chocolate, mint or sweet on a hotel pillow first started.

Recently I stumbled across a magazine article explaining how it all began and apparently we can thank Cary Grant for this sweet trend.

So… did Cary Grant start the fashion for chocolates on a pillow?

The story goes… in the early 1950s Hollywood heartthrob Cary Grant was staying in the penthouse at the luxurious Mayfair Hotel in downtown St. Louis and hosting a female visitor he wanted to impress.

Rumour has it that the lady arrived ahead of Grant, to discover he had laid out a trail of chocolates for her, running from the sitting room into the bedroom and onto a pillow where he had left a welcoming letter.

The Mayfair’s manager heard about Cary Grant’s seduction technique and was impressed with the thoughtful, luxurious detail of a chocolate on the pillow.

So the manager decided that all his guests should be greeted with a pleasant surprise that would make them feel appreciated and he started to offer a chocolate on the pillows in all of his rooms.

This gesture has since been adopted by thousands of hotels, cruise ships and even sleeper trains and still continues today… not just in the ‘Cary Grant Suite’ at the Mayfair Hotel (now renamed the ‘Magnolia Hotel St. Louis’) but all over the world!

So if you offer accommodation why not welcome your guests by introducing a chocolate on the pillow, or a chocolate, mints or sweets in the reception area or with a bill… our Petit Chocolates are perfect for leaving on a pillow… delicious slivers of chocolate sealed for freshness in a foil-wrapper carrying your personalised messaging.

(Natalie’s Blog, 22 May 2017)

Meet… Natalie Atkinson (Managing Director, Delvaux Ltd)

Natalie is the Managing Director of Delvaux Ltd, a family-owned business originally founded in 1985 by her mother Monique as a division of Rombouts Coffee. Natalie leads the ‘delicious marketing ideas’ team at Delvaux, experts in helping Delvaux’s clients to use personalisation and gifting as ‘edible advertising’.

Since Delvaux’s early days supplying petit fours to Restaurants and Hotels and supplying retailers such as the House of Fraser, Conran and Harvey Nichols with luxury chocolates, glace fruits, nougats and nuts, Delvaux has developed into a thriving independent business supplying personalised chocolates (Neapolitans and Petit Chocs) and confectionery in individual wrappers printed with messaging, logo, special offers and promotions etc.

Delvaux has been in business for over 32 years supplying 1000s of businesses, associations, charities, institutions and individuals with millions of personalised Neapolitan and Petit chocolates over that time. More recently Delvaux has expanded under Natalie’s direction with the addition of Mints, Sweets and Chocolate Orangettes and Chocolate Coffee Beans to the product range.

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