March has seen some exciting post come through the door, as I’ve become a member of a monthly chocolate tasting club!
I’ve blogged about local business The Chocolate Place in this post here, so I was really pleased when Debbie got in touch with me to ask if I would be interesting in recieving a monthly box full of new homemade chocolates to try! The box costs £10 including postage and packing, and in the first box were 6 varieties, each with two pieces to try. I invited my friend (and Let’s Bake Inverness buddy) Kirsty over for dinner and the chocolates were our pudding!
Included in the box were some information sheets; details of how chocolate is made, a tasting sheet to record scores and comments on, and advice on how to tell good quality chocolate apart from second rate stuff!
Here are this month’s selection:
White chocolate, lime and coconut fudge (29% cocoa butter)
Dark chocolate coated homemade honeycomb (55% cocoa solids)
Dark chocolate lemon myrtle and cranberry dukkah flavoured marzipan (55% cocoa solids)
Raspberry, Rose and Pistachio fondants (33% and 55% cocoa solids) I had to keep these in the packet until tasting as the one of these had been damaged in transit!
Dark Amaretto Liqueur truffles rolled in nuts (55% cocoa solids)
Dark dipped dates with almond, decorated in 100% bitter south american cocoa nibs (55% cocoa solids with 100% nibs)
It was a really nice experience to leisurely try all the chocolates one by one, and to think carefully about how we smelt, touched, listened, looked and tasted each chocolate. It really was no different to having a wine or whisky tasting! What was surprising to us was that our favourite chocolate (the amaretto truffle, for both of us) was not our expected favourite!
I’m looking forward to next months box already!