I’ve been lucky enough to try some great milk chocolates recently. From Duffy’s 55% Ocumare to Menakao’s Madagascar 44%. There’s something about a rich, high cocoa content milk chocolate that I just love. And now, I have a new contender for my favourite milk chocolate ever.
Fruition is a small batch bean to bar chocolate maker, based in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Their small, but perfectly formed range of products are made exclusively from Peruvian cocoa beans, and look as good as they taste.
The packaging is simple, but beautiful. Decorated with a geometric cocoa pod motif, with a colour coded label, it neither feels too pretentious or too ‘crafty’. It’s understated, but feels like a quality product.
The cocoa pod motif continues to the chocolate itself. It’s a rich, deep brown colour with a hint of red – something accentuated by the lighting in my photos here. It’s a 60g bar, with no ‘chunks’, but it’s thin enough to break off any size piece you want.
There’s a wonderfully fruity aroma to this bar, and that’s reflected in the flavour. It’s intensely chocolatey, with a deep fruitiness and a hint of liquorice. The small amount of salt, simply enhances those flavour notes without making itself too obvious.
The result is a smooth, chocolatey experience that’s as delicious as it is comforting. It’s more subtle than the Menakao milk chocolate, and more complex than Duffy’s. I just love it, and I think you will too.