As I was browsing the beautiful Rococo Chocolates stand at Salon du Chocolat this weekend, Principal Chocolatier Barry Johnson thrust this little box into my hand. It’s a new small but perfectly formed autumn selection with some interesting twists on autumnal flavours.
So what’s in the box?
An old fashioned liqueur filled chocolate. This slow gin liqueur in a dark chocolate shell is deliciously warming and, as you might expect, fairly alcoholic. It brings back memories of the liqueur chocolates we at at Christmas as a child, only this time done right. There’s no thick crust of sugar inside, and the simple dark chocolate exterior is the perfect balance to the sweetness of the filling.
Walnut & Fruit Marzipan
A walnut & fruit marizpan with orange ganache, covered in dark chocolate. I love the texture of this chocolate as much as the flavour. It’s got a praline-like crunch to it, with a hint of orange and marzipan. Possibly a little too complicated, but delicious nonetheless.
Apricot & Lavender Ganache
A layer of apricot jelly and another of lavender ganache in milk chocolate. I wouldn’t have thought to put apricot & lavender together, but it works really quite well. It’s fruity, but with a gentle spice, and really very nice indeed!
Autumn Spiced Apple
My favourite of the bunch. Apple chocolates are where it’s at this autumn, and this is up there with the best of them. Deliciously refreshing apple in perfect harmony with warming winter spice in a milk chocolate shell. I’ll certainly be buying more of these!
Rococo’s Autumn Gaanache Selection is available to buy now from their four shops in London & Chester. I love the simple quality and evocative flavours, but I also really liked the fact that it’s small enough to buy as a treat for yourself without the guilt. Highly recommended.