Based in north west Scotland, Cocoa Mountain describe themselves as the most remote chocolate company in the UK. Their amazing looking chocolate bar is apparently known for its hot chocolates, but despite our attempts to get them to post us one, we had to make do with this intriguing looking box of chocolates instead.
Intriguing, because the packaging is clearly made from recycled materials, yet maintains a quality feel. It’s the perfect balance between a quality artisan product and a rustic home made one.
Open the box, and you’re greeted with an array of large truffles. All different, in various combinations of milk, dark and white chocolate, but none of them fully enrobed. There’s a bit of a monochromatic look to the selection, but I don’t think we can complain when everything comes in a slightly different shade of “chocolate”.
We have seen this kind of collection before, usually from small home-based chocolatiers like Helsham. The finish lacks the finesse of most artisan chocolates – there’s no perfectly tempered glossy squares here – so the quality of the chocolates comes down to the skill of the chocolatier and the choice of ingredients.
I’m pleased to say that these chocolates are winners. Cocoa Mountain are using quality ingredients throughout, sourcing them locally and through fair trade and organic suppliers where possible. There’s quite a lot cream in some of the chocolates, but it’s a fresh cream that you can actually taste.
I’m not going to go through each of the chocolates individually, because there’s no menu, and half the fun is trying to figure out what’s in them. Suffice to say that the flavours are all well chosen, with none of the chocolates being either too overpowering or too bland.
The sweetness level is spot on too, even with the white chocolates. I think I just had a white chocolate ganache with chilli and lime, covered in coconut… but it’s gone now, and just a happy memory. Perhaps I should take more time to review these, rather than just stuffing my face?
I’m writing this review without having finished the box, partly because I know if I don’t stop, they’ll all be gone in a matter of minutes. But I also want to be able to share them with friends. I’m fairly certain the quality will be as good as the ones I’ve already tried.
You can order these online from Cocoa Mountain’s web site, but if I were you, I’d do it now before I buy the whole lot. Better still, get yourself up to north west Scotland. I hear the views are as good as the chocolate.