It’s been a while since I looked at anything from Ooh La La, so I decided to pick up a box with ‘one of everything’ from their Spring Collection when I saw them at the recent London Chocolate Festival.
There are 12 chocolates in the collection, although I’m not going to look at them individually, as we’ve seen some of them before (and because I don’t have a wide enough vocabulary to describe a dozen chocolates differently).
The chocolates are; Earl Grey Tea, Jasmine Tea, Maple & Almond Crunch, Honey, Strawberry & Poppy, Peach & Apricot, Raspberry, Passion Fruit, Lychee & Rose, Pink Grapefruit & Gin, Baileys, Clotted Cream & Vanilla.
That’s an interesting range of flavours for a Spring collection, and not limited to the simple fruit flavours you might expect. I was particularly curious about the tea chocolates, as that seems to be this years ‘in thing’.
It turns out, the entire collection is rather lovely. Although the chocolates all look different, there’s a common theme going on – light, creamy and subtle soft centres.
There’s nothing overly challenging going on with the flavour, but that’s a good thing in this case. The chocolate and the cream flavours are front and centre and the other flavourings simply enhance them. Your taste buds are never going to be overwhelmed with bizarre flavour combinations, so you can just sit back and scoff the whole box without worrying if you’re going to like the next one. They’re subtle, without being bland.
As for those tea chocolates, well the Earl Grey was one of my favourites in the box, while the Jasmine just didn’t do much for me. That’s primarily because I just don’t like jasmine in chocolate, and I did prefer it to the more expensive Matcha Chocolat version, which is an achievement.
Overall, a nice little selection of chocolates that’s worth checking out. They don’t perhaps have the same level of sophistication as some of the higher end artisan chocolatiers, but they more than make up for that with quality ingredients and well chosen flavour combinations.