Well these are some of the prettiest little chocolates I’ve seen for a while. Made by chocolatier and patissier Sven Herzog, the little box contains four perfectly formed treats.
Red Berry Praline
This may win a prize for the cutest looking chocolate ever. Designed to look like a little ladybird complete with chocolate-button-face, it’s almost a shame to eat it.
It’s an unusual chocolate in that the base is dark chocolate, while the top part of the shell is coloured white chocolate. I assume this is to give some rich cocoa notes to what would otherwise be a purely white chocolate. Inside, there’s a layer of praline and another of red fruit jelly. It tastes, really good – like posh peanut butter and jam. I could happily eat a box of these.
Pinot Noir & Cherry
The moment I cut into this milk chocolate ball, the filling started to pour out. It has a similar consistency to caramel, but has a sweet cherry flavour with just a hint of wine. It’s fruity, tangy and delicious. Like a grown-up version of the cherry flavour sweets I used to eat as a child. I want more of these too, please Sven.
Riesling & Passion Fruit
The second dome-shaped chocolate, which again features a white chocolate shell and a dark chocolate base. Inside, a layer of ganache and a passion fruit jelly. I think this one is more of an acquired taste, and I found the combination of flavours didn’t work quite as well as the other chocolates. But I still want more.
Raspberry & Rhubarb
A dark chocolate ball, coated in white chocolate and decorated with a tangy fruit powder. Inside is a pale rhubarb and raspberry ganache that has the same thin texture as the Pinot Noir & Cherry, and a flavour with a deliciously fruity kick. Yeah, I’d like some more of these ones too.
I think this selection particularly appeals to my love of fruity flavours, so if that’s not your thing, you might not get as much out of them as I did. Herzog does a complete range of other beautiful looking chocolates, so I think there’s probably something for everyone. I can’t wait to try more.
They’re available to by online or at London’s Venn Street Market. I highly recommend giving them a go.