The song Nothing Else Matters is very apt for these truffles. With death, destruction, and stock markets crashing around our ears the only way to shield ourselves from saddening news is to indulge ourselves in life’s little pleasures – fine chocolates. For me it helps if there’s either rum, ginger or limoncello involved (ok and chilli). To have all three is just a marvellous way to round off a hectic, stressful week. I’ve waited a long time for Pauline and Mark to send me some of their goodies as they’ve been very busy growing their business over the past couple of years, but the wait has been well worth it!
There’s no better way to begin the review than with rum, as you can see my friends and I like the odd slush of the stuff, and it’s a natural place to start. Here My Chocolate Bar combines the rum with blackcurrant which together offers a great deal of ‘zip’ with a strong sense of the fruit behind the slightly punchy intoxicating flavour. So often rum can dominate proceedings., instead here they work well serving not to unbalance the experience. What I also loved was the thick dark chocolate casing – much thicker than most I’ve tried. These are certainly something worth savouring as they’re delicious.
The next was limoncello which was a step up in intensity. So often the mild and tangy white chocolate is just too prominent for my liking, but with this one the limoncello is a few notches more noticeable. I loved this one too as it really had the strong taste of lemon curd on toast which I haven’t had for years but was a guilty pleasure. I’m now resigned to muesli and yoghurt for breakfast these days. And if you like long-lasting acidic flavours after you’ve actually consumed the truffle then these really are for you.
Lastly I had the utterly delightful dark chocolate and truffle and it was out of this world. I’m a huge fan of ginger, so much so that everyone seems to get me crystalised ginger for Christmas. Here the flavour notch was ratcheted off the scale. The ginger was very intense but without going over the top. The true flavour of the ginger was also evident which is always pleasant given the volume of synthetic tasting ginger chocolates. The dark chocolate shell was most definitely pushed to the back of the flavour experience, but when the overall sense is off natural-tasting and indulgent experience, there’s no way I’m going to complain.
What a great way to start the weekend! And I’ll finish it with a few more too!