Promising to be a golden ticket to chocolate heaven, when I was asked if I wanted to try some luxury chocolate from Cocoa Boutique the choice was easy. Cocoa Boutique is a chocolate tasting club which showcases the best handmade chocolates from master chocolatiers and some exclusive artisan creations. It is designed to give you a chocolate tasting experience you will find nowhere else. All the chocolates are handmade, super fresh and use the finest ingredients. I could not wait to find out what they would be like.
The chocolates arrived in a sturdy brown cardboard box that is just the right size to fit though the letter box. This is great as it means no waiting about for the postman to redeliver if you happen to be out. Inside is a lovely white box which contains a leaflet telling you all about Cocoa Boutique and a description of the chocolates. It also contains a scoring card so you can let Cocoa Boutique know what you think of each of the chocolates when you taste them. Inside the box underneath some black tissue paper nestle the chocolates themselves.
This particular box contained chocolate from chocolatiers Barry Colenso, Pierre Ledent and Claire Hicklin. As you can see from the picture the choice was good, there were a number of interesting looking pretty chocolates as well as just normal looking ones. It was a nice selection. One we particularly enjoyed was the multi-coloured and oddly named Pamela.
This is by Pierre Ledent and is a cassis-pear ganache with a dark chocolate casing. It was a lovely subtle chocolate, unusual and distinctive. The rainbow covering makes it look really special as well.
Also of note is the Pink Champagne Truffle (apologies for the slightly blurry picture). The white chocolate coating is studded with real raspberry pieces which are delicious. Inside is a creamy light pink champagne filling which is gorgeous. This chocolate was created by Barry Colenso.
All the chocolates are lovely and there is a good mixture of different types to try. The Cocoa Dusted Dark Chocolate Salted Caramels are also delicious and I also love the range of large chocolate buttons in white and milk chocolate. The little tiny Ecador Dark Chocolate buttons with a hint of banana and liquorice were also very tasty. I was not so keen on the coffee chocolates, but this is a personal choice. Coffee chocolate is one of those things that you either love or hate. Having said that I did not hate the Dark Chocolate Coffee Beans, for coffee chocolate they were actually quite nice. They are still not something I would choose for myself though.
The great thing about the box is you get a lovely selection of chocolates to try and they are all handmade and fresh. It is nice to experience tastes you have not tried before and with the detailed leaflet you know exactly what you are trying before you eat it and get a surprise. The feedback is a nice touch, you feel that you are contributing to future boxes.
If you want to try a Cocoa Boutique Experience for yourself visit their website. You can try the best of the best introductory selection box for £9.95 with free delivery using this discount. If you chose to continue then you will pay £19.95 per month, you can choose if you want them every month, every two months or every three months. For this price you are getting some of the finest chocolates around, definitely something to be savoured.
There is also a competition where you can win a chocolate tasting box to try every month which you will find here
Disclosure: I was sent a Cocoa Boutique introductory selection box to review but was not told what to write and my opinions are my own honest opinions.
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