Friday, 17 February 2012

Artisan Chocolate - Rococo Chocolate

Rococo chocolate, artisan chocolate
As I've said many times before, I'm always on the hunt for great artisan chocolate. I recently discovered Rococo Chocolate that has been awarded Chocolatier of the Year 2011. Of course I must try them! The PR from Rococo Chocolate has generously sent me 4 chocolate bars of different flavours to try.

Rococo chocolate, artisan chocolate, orange and geranium
Orange & Geranium Organic Dark Chocolate Artisan Bar (70g) £4.50

- 65% dark chocolate with crystallised orange peel and geranium essential oil, with a touch of orange essential oil for sweetness

Me: My favourite dark chocolate is around 65-68%, not too bitter and not too sweet, and still has that attractive shiny and crisp dark chocolate quality to it. This chocolate has all the above, with a strong fragrance similar to roses. And then there are the  pieces of slightly chewy and sweet crystallised orange peel. Very unique!

Rococo chocolate, artisan chocolate, sea salt
Sea Salt Organic Milk Chocolate Artisan Bar (70g) £4.50

- 37% house milk chocolate with pieces of Mon Anglesey Sea Salt; won the Academy of Chocolate Gold award for Best Flavoured Milk Bar 2011

Me: We absolutely love this chocolate bar. I always know that salt goes well with caramel dessert, as it enhances the flavour. But so far I haven't tried this combination.

The milk chocolate they've used for this artisan bar has a distinct caramel flavour and the little bursts of sea salt that comes through in my mouth are a pleasant surprise, cutting through the strong sweetness of the caramel. I think it's the sea salt that tempted me to keep going back for more, just so that I can experience another burst of saltiness.

Rococo chocolate, artisan chocolate, earl grey
Earl Grey Organic Dark Chocolate Artisan Bar (70g) £4.50

- 65% dark chocolate with finely grounded Earl Grey tea and a touch of bergamot essential oil for a citrusy lift

Me: I like the subtle fragrance of the Earl Grey tea blended in the velvety smooth dark chocolate. Occasionally I'll get a tiny piece of ground tea, although some bits can be a bit too gritty

Rococo chocolate, artisan chocolate, chilli
Chilli Pepper Organic Dark Chocolate Artisan Bar (70g) £4.50

- 65% dark chocolate with birds eye chilli oil

Me: At first I didn't really notice anything, just a lovely velvety smooth dark chocolate. Slowly I started to feel the chilli tingling the top of my mouth (I suppose it's because I 'grind' the chocolate to the top of my mouth to make it melt faster, lol), then the tip of my tongue. The more chocolate I put in my mouth and let it melt, the stronger the kick.

I'm quite impressed with Rococo Chocolate. Looking at their artisan chocolate bars (18 flavours) alone (there are other type of chocolates and confectioneries), you can tell that they are constantly experimenting with different flavours, creating unique combinations.

Disclosure: I was given 4 bars of chocolates to try and review; all opinions are honest and my own