Naive Chocolate are a bean-to-bar chocolate maker based in Lithuania. We fell in love with them when we first tried their chocolate a couple of years ago, so I was incredibly excited when they offered to send these three tubs of chocolate covered fruit & nuts.
There are three varieties; blueberry, strawberry and hazelnut. The fruit varieties are both made with whole, freeze dried fruit covered in dark chocolate. The hazelnuts are caramelised whole before being covered in chocolate.
They are all absolutely amazing. I literally can’t get enough of them.
Let’s start with the blueberries. They’re small, intensely fruity, crunchy and moreish. Being small, you can’t just eat one at a time, but I found myself taking more and more with each mouthful. They’re packed with flavour and a delicious crunch.
The chocolate is listed as dark Madagascan and “41%”, but I think that might be 41% of the total weight, but that’s not entirely clear. I can say that it is perfectly matched to the fruit & nuts in all three of these products, being neither too rich or too sweet.
The strawberries are a bit mad. Whole, full-sized freeze dried strawberries. They have the same crunch as the blueberries, but obviously they’re a lot bigger, so not quite as easy to eat. They’re still delicious and still packed full of fruit flavour though.
And then there’s the hazelnuts. I’m not a big fan of hazelnuts, but these are just amazing. The nuts have been caramelised before being coated in chocolate, so they have a similar delicious crunch to the fruits. The caramelisation has given them the perfect level of sweetness to balance the chocolate, and the result is something that’s nigh on impossible to stop eating.
I love all three of these. They’re simple, yet perfectly formed. Naive’s online store seems to be offline at the moment, but if you drop them an email and tell them how desperately you need them, then maybe you’ll get lucky and they might sell you some…