RAMPANT adulteration of milk products has forced the ‘aam admi’ to say good bye to the traditional diwali sweets and say hello to chocolates/bakery products and other gift items.
The trend of gifting attractively packed chocolate packs,bakery products to the near and dear ones has increased in popularity in the recent years.
To meet the growing demand the big bakeries in the city of temples have started giving tough business to the big names in the market.
Attractively packaged chocolate hampers in different shapes and sizes have been introduced in the market to meet the demand for such items.
These chocolate gifts are available in different packs including kids pack, small pack, family pack, mixture pack, basket and trolley packs especially for kids. The contents of these packs also differ according to their sizes. The mixture and family chocolate packs include varieties of items like cashew, juice, biscuits, chocolates, chips, choco-pie, cakes and other items.
Shopkeepers have designed the kids’ gift pack keeping in mind the taste and choices of children. Their favourite chocolates, instant noodles, juices and ice-cream cubes are included in these gift hampers.
Specially designed basket packs wrapped in golden nets and laces are attracting customers, said famous baker of city of temples.
He added that these chocolate packs are in much demand due to their long shelf life. These chocolate gift packs are priced between Rs390 and Rs 195.
Sanjeev Gupta of Big Bakers said people are more aware and prefer bakery products such as biscuits,cookies, cakes over sweets.
Due to the wide variety of flavours, homemade chocolates are gaining much popularity among customers.
The demand for homemade chocolates is also growing.The homemade choclates are available in various flavours like assorted, rose, mint, fruits and other. Roasted almond coated with dark chocolate, roasted cashew, nuts coated with chocolate flavours are popular among the customers.
“I like the teddy choco pack most and would gift it to my friends this Diwali”, said Gautmi Sharma class XII student. Aakrit Chaudhary and Ritu Gupta, graduation students at Degree College, who are also best friends, said that they would be gifting basket chocolate hampers to each other this Diwali.