I’ve not had anything from Rococo Chocolates for quite a while, so I was very excited to see this little box of Valentines ganaches show up at my door. These are also the first chocolates I’ve reviewed made by Rococo’s new head chocolatier Barry Johnson and his team too, so I was keen to see if they live up to the standard of previous head chocolatier Laurent.
The chocolates are:
Blackberry Ganache With Star Anise
A beautifully smooth dark chocolate blackberry ganache infused with star anise. I love the flavours in this chocolate, and the texture is spot on.
Pineapple & Ginger
This one is a little odd. You don’t often see pineapple flavour ganaches, and tasting this one, I can see why. It’s not unpleasant, just unusual, and not really my cup of tea. Perhaps this would be better with a milk or white chocolate ganache.
Lemon & Violet
A milk chocolate heart with a lemon and white chocolate ganache, decorated with crystalised violet. This is an incredibly zingy, citrus ganache that tastes like lemon card. The sweetness of the milk chocolate is a nice counterpoint to the lemon, but the violet is a little lost in the mix.
Passion Fruit & Rosemary Caramel
The other milk chocolate heart in the box is equally zingy. The passion fruit caramel has a wonderful flavour, but I was unprepared for quite how liquid it would be – and consequently lost half of the contents down the front of my jumper. What I did manage to get in my mouth was delicious, and the delicate rosemary flavour came through at the end very nicely.
Overall then, a rather delicious selection of fresh chocolates – with the possible exception of the pineapple, which I’m not quite sure about. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them if your budget can stretch to it, however it does have to be said that at £9.50 plus postage for 4 chocolates, they’re a little on the expensive side. I’m used to paying £2 a for a single artisan fresh chocolate, but £2.37 per chocolate is pushing it a bit.
You can buy them online, but if you’re in London or Chester, I highly recommend a visit to one of Rococo’s four shops to buy them in person, as that’s an experience that is worth paying a little extra for.