Rococo Artisan Bar With Cinnamon

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Rococo Artisan Bar With Cinnamon

Here’s an interesting little bar from Waitrose. I bought it because it’s plain white wrapper stood out amongst all the brightly coloured bars on the shelf.

The packaging itself is a bit weird – a rather strangely decorated sheet of white paper (I’m not quite sure what the birds and dominos signify), inserted into plain plastic, then folded into a pouch that looks like it might contain tobacco. Most odd, but it succeeded in getting my attention, so they’re obviously doing something right.

Rococo Artisan Bar With Cinnamon

Inside, the bar itself follows a more conventional design, divided into chunks with a big ‘Rococo’ logo in the centre that reminded me of the Prestat Organic Dark bar I reviewed back in July.

I really quite enjoyed the flavours in the bar. The cinnamon adds a warmth to the creamy (37%) milk chocolate that’s particularly comforting on a cold winter’s night like tonight. It does become a little bit overpowering by the time you’ve scoffed half the bar though, so I recommend just letting a chunk or two melt in your mouth slowly, then putting it down for a while.

But the most unusual thing here is the texture. I presume it’s down to the cinnamon, but as it starts to melt away it becomes grainy. It’s not unpleasant, but I would have preferred something smoother that melted away more cleanly. Having said that, the cinnamon flavour won me over, so I’ll certainly be on the lookout for more from Rococo.

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  1. Perhaps the symbols on the packaging are hieroglyphics?

  2. Christine

    Mmmmmmmm, cinnamon…

  3. A quick Google search revealed that Rococo is also an eighteenth century French art and design style, with “scrolls, foliage, and animal forms.” Interesting to pair that with chocolate; the packaging definately has a unique look.

  4. Maggie

    I kind of liked the grainy texture – but then again, I’m the girl who likes biting into cocoa nibs, coffee bits and all that, too, so no surprise there. Love the creamy, soft taste. The packaging is a tad weird, but it surely does attract attention.

  5. gerry white

    I worked at Rococo in the mid 1980′s, they were using the wrapping back then, it’s a lovely design. The shop is still at 321, Kings Road, Chelsea, London. You can check out the other flavours of their artisan bars at: http://www.rococochocolates.com (Waitrose only does a limited selection). The owner, Chantal Coady, was great to work for and gave me my love of fine chocolate. Happy tasting!

  6. Shaun

    When I tried the cinnamon, the grainy texture let me know it was real, not some random flavouring.
    Thoroughly recommend the Sea Salt Artisan bar – my favourite chocolate ever.

  7. The wrappers are an impression of some beautiful antique Chocolate moulds!

  8. Claire

    I love this chocolate! Better than the Prestat cinnamon in my opinion.