Now that we’ve had the recent Cocoa Farm query cleared up, let’s get on to more interesting and important matters, such as their new Shiraz chocolate wine barrels.
Cocoa Farm is rapidly becoming known as THE chocolatier in Australia who actively pair up and celebrate one of our proudest products – no, not Hugh Jackman – our wines – and clever wineries and cellars now stock up their products as well as supermarkets and gourmet stores.
These individually-wrapped chocolates are actually a blend of milk and dark chocolate with 36% cocoa content, so there’s still enough to keep the Dark Side Dwellers interested and it shouldn’t scare off any milk chocolate fans either. Cocoa Farm’s own description of these ten gram barrels is pretty well perfectly written to attract any proud red-wine loving chocaholic worth their salt (or cocoa content):
“Sun ripened vine fruit bathed in a bold peppery Australian shiraz then combined with our rich blend of Cocoa Farm chocolate and crafted into a wine barrel shape to make them feel at home.” Very cute and very compelling…
The ingredients are fairly standard for the actual chocolate part, although, being a more milky chocolate there is more sugar than cocoa butter. What impresses me more is that they’ve added real Australian shiraz to the mix as well as grape seed extract, grape skin extract, natural vanilla and shiraz wine-infused currants. Nothing scary here.
How do they taste? Delicious. As soon as the wrappings were off I could smell the distinct red wine whiff of Shiraz and to my surprise the sweet and milky-ish chocolate was an excellent pairing for the booze-blown currants and the fruit-and-wine effect might be lost if it was drowned in a darker and bitterer chocolate. (I can’t believe I just wrote that!)
However, if anyone’s wishing to get all silly (known as ‘tired and emotional’ here in Australia) on them, you’d have to eat more than even I could manage, because there’s only 0.85% alcohol per 100 grams. Could be worth a try though.