Antonia from Ooh La La Chocolaterie dropped me a note on Twitter and asked if I’d like to try some of her seasonal chocolates? Well I’m not going to say “no” am I? Well, my “yes” was probably one of my most inspired decisions ever.
There’s one constant when reviewing chocolates from chocolatiers you’ve not come across before and that is that you never know what you’re going to get. But also, I know that every once in a while I’ll be totally amazed by what I try. And today was one of those days.
In the beautiful box which was adorned with a gorgeous ribbon you’ll find yourself sat, mouth gaping at the fantastically intricate chocolates before you. For me I was astounded by how delicate and gorgeous they looked. My eye was first of all drawn to the chocolate with the bee design and then they wondered over the selection of chocolates before me.
You’re left wondering what each chocolate could hold? Thankfully there’s a menu to help you guide yourself through the cornucopia of chocolate delight:
I started off with the bee design as it looked fantastic and was at a start of row so that’s always the best place to start reviewing chocolates as you’ll end up getting your notes in a tangle.
It was unmistakably full of honey taste. Rounded, sweet, sumptuous – it was everything you would want a chocolate to be. I can see this one being immensely popular! The texture was smooth and silky – I loved it!
The next I tried was the Lychee and rose chocolate. Having spent the first few years of my life growing up in South Africa I was accustomed to the Lychee flavour and could definitely recognise it. But, boy, does it go with the rose? Both flavours are very flowery with a slight sweet character and played off each other well.
This was great to have after the sweetness of the honey. The texture was a lot softer like the Gu Liquid Caramel Chocs, but much, much nicer!
The Ecuadorian dark chocolate was next and couldn’t be much further from previous in nature.
It was dark, punchy, aggressive, full of character and absolutely fantastic. Dark chocolate lovers will really like this one – as I did.
Next I tried the Baileys one – mmm mmm mmm!
I just love Bailey’s truffles as they’re sweet and have that lovely Irish cream taste that makes you want to go out and buy another bottle!
Recently I’ve really gotten into orange chocolate and the Seville orange truffle was next to hit my taste buds.
It was definitely zesty and a great “pick-me-up” and a nice simple chocolate. Again, I’d eat a good few of these if I had the chance.
Oooooh I love chilli chocolate, and almonds as well. This one was sent from Heaven (actually Hampshire, if you’re being picky!).
At first you’ll get a strong almond taste pushing through and then as that subsides you’ll get a strong chilli flavour that works from the back of your mouth to the front. Another exceptional chocolate!
And then came the elderflower chocolate, which just like the Honey chocolate, was adorned with a beautiful pattern.
It was deliciously soft in nature, which wrestled, and beat the dark chocolate coating. Another excellent chocolate which was full of character. What is also fantastic about this chocolate is its very long after-taste. If you have one, just let it settle on your pallet for a moment.
And then the Apricot chocolate. It looked fantastic, but was the odd one out as its a cup chocolate. But it stands out on its own for another reason …
It was filled with this lovely apricot confit which caught me unawares. This one is certainly sweeter and firmer and completely different in style to the others. Its also a nice one in that your taste buds are cleansed between the dark chocolates – worth trying.
Overall, this chocolate sensation was a pleasure. The flavours were original and delicious. Tehy were well packaged and presented. Basically if you love handmade chocolates then you should really give these a go!