According to the 574 pages of PR bumf that came with these six chocolates, “Ooh La La Chocolaterie was founded in 2007 by professional chocolatier, Antonia Corp.”
Which is nice. But unfortunately, after having spent several hours reading through reams of marketing nonsense, I discovered that they had neglected to tell me what the chocolates they had sent me actually are. Sure, they’re pretty, but that’s not really enough to base a review on.
Fortunately, after several weeks negotiations with the PR company, 947 email exchanges, several high level meetings and a top secret prisoner exchange, I managed to get the details out of them. So what we have here is:
- Spiced Chai
- Chilli and passion fruit
- Sherry-soaked raisin
- Ginger caramel
- Cranberry and amaretto
… which apparently is part of the ‘Christmas Collection’. Quite why Ms Corp is promoting fresh, handmade Christmas chocolates in August, I don’t don’t know. I can only assume that it’s another part of the PR blitz – trying to get us bloggers to write about them in plenty of time.
Thankfully, the chocolates themselves are all pretty good – at £5.50 for a box of six chocolates, they need to be! The flavours all work together quite nicely, but there isn’t really anything hugely exciting. There’s a little bit of spice, but nothing too strong. The spiced chai and ginger chocs would have to be my favourites here, with the sherry and raisin coming bottom – the flavours immediately brought back memories of cheap 1970s chocolate liqueurs – not really my thing.
I did have a slight issue with the textures of the fillings. They are smooth, but just too thick to be luxurious. If I’m paying nearly £1 per chocolate, I really want a softer, silkier texture than anything in this selection provides.
At the end of the day, this is an interesting little box of chocolates. The flavours are pleasing, but the texture and finish isn’t up to the level it needs to be at this price point.