Two more offerings from the cornucopia which was the AOC Awards goodybag. This innocuous looking bag turned out to be home to a couple of the most brightly adorned chocolates I have seen in a while.
This brace of brightly painted chocolates heralded another new name in chocolate – well, to me at least. Lauden make very pretty chocolates and it was a fairly straightforward process identifying my two samples from the selections offered on the Lauden website.
My first was the Salted Caramel, and it was an absolute delight. Deep, molasses-like burnt sugars from the caramel, that tang of salt, and wrapped in a wafer thin dark chocolate shell. A really excellent salted caramel which delivered bags of taste.
The Single Origin Madagascan Trinitario chocolate delivered light, fruity top notes characteristic of Trinitario. Soft, full flavoured cocoa with no bitterness at all and an easy, almost citrus finish. Thoroughly enjoyable chocolate, and very much in the ‘posh choc’ mould. A light, crisp chocolate shell concealing a flavour packed, whisper light centre. Lovely stuff.
I enjoyed these enough to want to try more of Lauden’s chocolates. A company making fine chocolate in Yorkshire is unusual in itself (and warrants further attention methinks) and based on this showing I hav high hopes for some of the other flavours Lauden offer.
Watch this space.