After Simon reviewed Holly Caulfied’s organic dark chocolate with chilli & coconut recently, I decided to head down to Oxford Street to meet her and try out some free samples for myself.
Of course, the chocolate was delicious and by the time I got there, the crowds had already made a significant dent in the stock, but I did manage to buy a few bars to take home and try myself.
And knowing that Simon would probably rather bite his own arms off than review a white chocolate, I thought I’d review this one myself!
As you can see, it features the same packaging (design by Holly herself, of course) and format as the rest of the range, and it really does look rather good. Those little holes and imperfections just serve to make it look like it was made with love, by hand and add to the appeal for me.
Unlike the snazzy pink foil that Simon’s came in though, mine was sealed in clear plastic. I suspect the foil is more expensive and the plastic increases shelf life, but I do much prefer foil-wrapped chocolate. It looks so much nicer and it’s easier to recycle.
As you’d expect, the chocolate itself (29% cocoa solids and 25% milk solids) is very sweet and very creamy. The main flavour here though is the cinnamon, which I hadn’t expected. The cranberries themselves, while quite big, don’t have quite as much flavour as I would have liked. I can’t help thinking a little bit more tangy zing would have helped cut through that sweet creaminess.
But if you’re buying a white chocolate, that sweetness is probably exactly what you’re looking for, so while it’s not really to my personal taste, it’s made with quality ingredients, and white chocolate fans will love it – and it’s a good introduction to the rest of the range.
As Simon mentioned in his review, Holly doesn’t have an online store yet, but if you contact her through her web site, I’m sure she’ll be happy to let you know where you can buy her chocs.