It’s not every day that you get sent fresh, chocolate covered strawberries from Scotland. But so far this week, it’s happened to me twice.
When Royal Mail Special Delivery failed to deliver next day, Claire at Berry Scrumptious insisted on sending more by courier, saying that she would do the same for any customer.
You see, these really are very, very fresh strawberries and in order to remain in tip-top condition, they need to be consumed the day after being sent out. Two days won’t cut it.
They come packaged in a nice presentation box, which in turn is surrounded by foam, chilled with gel cooler bag and sent in a box that’s really far too large for six strawberries. But these are intended as an out and out luxury item. The kind of thing you might serve at a wedding or an extra special party. Or to a Chocablogger for breakfast.
The strawberries are large (5-6cm long), juicy and wonderfully tasty. Most of them are grown on husband and wife team Claire and Ross Rennie’s own farm, but I assume there are times when they need to source them from elsewhere. They’re perfectly ripe and dipped in a combination of Belgian milk, dark and white chocolate, finished with beautiful designs. Some are dipped in coconut. All of them are divine. Even the ones which arrived a day late, although the fresher ones had a noticeable extra crispness.
The different combinations of chocolate make each one slightly different, but they’re all wonderful. It’s quite difficult to eat them without making a mess as the strawberries are so juice and the chocolate cracks away as you bite into it. But that’s half the fun.
All this doesn’t come cheap here though. At £24 for six, they’re the most expensive strawberries – and probably some of the most expensive chocolates – I’ve ever had. Are they worth it? That’s a tough question. They are, after all, just strawberries dipped in chocolate.
Part of what you’re paying for is the customer service. I’m quite sure that Claire is as good as her word that if an order wasn’t delivered promptly, she would find a way to get it to you.
But the quality of the product itself is also first class. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted crisper, juicier strawberries, and the chocolate coating cuts through the citrusy tang of the fruit perfectly.
If I had one criticism, it would be that a little more thought needs to go into how they’re packed and transported. Even the strawberries that arrived next day had a slight condensation on them that had made the paper cases they sit in slightly damp. Perhaps something as simple as sending fresh paper cases that you can transfer the strawberries into upon arrival would help here.
Despite that hefty price, I don’t think I’d have any trouble recommending these. Make no mistake, they’re for very special occasions only, but if you’re planning a unique and stylish event and you can afford it, they really are rather delicious.