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A woman from Washington state with a sweet tooth was in for a very special surprise when her boyfriend recently popped the question in a most unusual way.
Emoniel, 25, says his girlfriend Arielle, 21, loves him more than anything — but hot chocolate comes in a close second.
The couple, who asked that their last names not be used, live in Seattle, but they were planning a fall trip to New York so Arielle could meet Emoniel's family. A few months ago, as he was searching for a creative way to propose to her, Emoniel stumbled on a video that would make their trip even sweeter. He had found his perfect opening.
The video showcases a marshmallow flower that blooms when placed in hot chocolate at New York bakery Dominique Ansel (best known for the Cronut). "It just clicked," he said. The flower would be able to reveal the ring to Arielle.
He immediately contacted the bakery to tell them about his plan — and they were more than willing to help. The mission was put into action on Sunday, Sept. 17.
"Having just finished lunch in downtown Manhattan," Emoniel told TODAY Food, "I let Arielle know that my uncle was going to pick us up once he finished work to take us to my grandparents' house, and that he worked close to Broadway and Spring Street, so he wanted us to wait in a coffee shop nearby.
"In reality, he said none of those things, I had no idea where he worked, this was all to get her near the bakery."
All weekend, Emoniel had been telling Arielle that he had a hankering for a good croissant, which, he admitted, is pretty out of character. "I'm a total carnivore," he told TODAY Food. But when they walked past Dominique Ansel, Arielle suggested they go inside. "I nonchalantly agreed," he said.
Prior to their "impromptu" arrival, Emoniel had been texting the store's manager, so the staff knew who they were when they walked inside.
"While we waited in line to order a croissant, I caught Arielle looking at the blossoming hot chocolate on display so I insisted that we order one." Smooth, Emoniel, smooth.
As he paid, he slipped the ring underneath his credit card (that's some crazy slight-of-hand, right there!) and Ansel's staff stealthily put it inside the marshmallow flower. The couple took a seat in the garden and the manager brought the steaming hot cocoa out to the couple.
Then, the romantic magic began. Arielle watched in amazement as the marshmallow slowly opened up ... until it revealed the ring!
As you can tell by the look on her face, she was completely surprised — and she said yes before she could even get the ring on her finger.
Arielle may have loved hot chocolate before this amazing proposal — but now it's taken on a whole new meaning. Talk about a sweet gesture!