This is another little treasure from Rainer and Oliver’s cave of plenty at Premier Food and Beverages.
Swiss chocolatier company Camille Bloch have long been famous in Europe since 1929 for their liqueur-filled chocolates such as kirsch, cognac, williams pear, brandy and grappa as well as their beloved classics Ragusa and Torino, but these mousse-filled ones have only been around since 2005.
There isn’t any information that states what percentage of cocoa solids are in it and the segments are rather large – like eight easter eggs.
I found – after a bit of intensely pleasurable experimentation – that the best way to enjoy one of these egg-shaped segments of mousse noir is to sample the chocolate itself first by nibbling all the corners off. It tastes like 50% percent cocoa solids to me, sweet, creamy and a nice introduction to dark.
Then when your fingers are starting to melt the chocolate and there’s no corners to hold, bite the egg in half and allow it melt on your tongue slowly and langorously. You’ll find that the mousse inside is dense, rich and creamy. As it should be, the lush chocolate coating lingers a little longer than the filling, heightening the lovely experience and tickling the taste buds. Then, when it is all gone, eat the other half and repeat the pleasure.
The ingredients and nutrition panels are fairly brief but I was surprised to see hazelnuts and soya flour there as neither were detectable by my palate. Camille Bloch’s Mousse Chocolat Noir isn’t super bitterly dark or super scarily posh, but a really genuine top notch block to enjoy at home on the sofa with a hot cup of tea, a decent DVD playing and your better half.