But as much as I enjoyed the festive flavours, these simple Royal Merina ganaches are some of my favourite chocolates around at the moment. Named after the Merina Madagascan Monarchy, these simple chocolates are something a bit special. Marc has managed to come up with a way of ‘volumising’ the ganache, not just to make more of it, but also to enhance the flavour of the chocolate.
The chocolate in question is a 68% Madagascan dark chocolate, and it’s used for both the ganache and the shell. The ganache itself is infused with Madagascan vanilla before being combined with the chocolate and undergoing the ‘volumising’ process, so this really gives you’re really getting a true Madagascan flavour.
I’m not sure what the volumising involves – the chocolates are sizeable, but that’s a choice that’s been made by the chocolatier. It’s not the lightest ganache I’ve ever tried, but it’s incredibly smooth in texture.
But it’s the flavour that sets these chocolates apart. The subtle fruitiness of the Madagascan cocoa beans combined with the delicate vanilla make them almost irresistible. It’s the vanilla that comes through first, then as the chocolate melts, the flavours develop in your mouth. There’s a pleasant sweetness, but they’re never sickly… just sweet enough to leave you wanting another… then another…
These chocolates won three gold stars at the Great Taste Awards, and it’s easy to see why. They’re elegantly simple and utterly delicious. As with all of Demarquette’s range, you know you’re getting quality chocolate made with etichically sourced ingredients.
If you’re looking for an understated Christmas gift for a true chocolate lover that really shows how much you care, then this should be top of your list.