I love Gorvett & Stone. I haven’t yet had the chance to visit their Henley shop, but their products have the perfect combination of quality, freshness and fun. I’ve also got a bit of a soft spot for Eton Mess – as are many of you, it seems; The chocolate Eton Mess recipe we posted last year is still one of the most popular pages on Chocablog.
This attractive box of 12 Eton Mess white chocolates, was one of three boxes they sent us to try, and it was the one I had to open first. The chocolates themselves are quite small, but they’re packed tightly into two layers in the box, so it still looks impressive.
Gorvett & Stone are known for using Valrhona chocolate for their creations, and these are no exception. It’s 35% cocoa solids, and probably as good as white chocolate gets.
Inside, there’s a white chocolate ganache with raspberry flavouring and tiny pieces of meringue. You can hardly see them, but they do add a slight crunch to the soft, smooth filling, as well as adding giving that distinctive flavour. The top of each chocolate is decorated with a small piece of freeze dried raspberry that builds in flavour as it melts in the mouth.
The overall effect is, frankly, divine. I’m a sucker for white chocolate in small quantities, and the addition of fresh cream and raspberries gives the perfect balance. Yes, they’re sweet, but never too sweet.
Having said that, if you’re going to buy a box of 12 like this, you’ll probably want to share them, as they’re nice enough that the temptation to eat them all in one go is quite high. But if you can bring yourself to share, you’re going to end up with some very appreciative friends.
You can buy these online via the Gorvett & Stone website, in their Henley store or Fortnum & Mason in Picadilly.