Please welcome Chocablog’s new Canadian correspondent Michael Edwards with his first official post from Canadaland….
Considering that Rogers Chocolates have been making chocolates for more than 100 years, they have a considerable roster to choose from. Most of their standard collections of chocolates are housed in tins featuring paintings by Canadian artists such as the one I was sent which was a Seascape by Emily Carr. So what about the 15 chocolates within? Well, the highlights were:
Raspberry Classic Truffle – surprisingly restrained for a raspberry truffle. Instead of giving a big punch of flavour, the fruit never manages to be anything but an almost equal partner to the dark chocolate. A little disappointing.
Winter Apple Caramel – another one which walks the line between too sweet and just sweet enough, but comes out on the right side. The caramel stays with you for a few minutes afterwards and that’s a good thing.
Maple Classic Truffle – thankfully, not too sweet but the truffle centre is too runny and caramel-like. Very nearly there.
Orange Classic Truffle – the centre of this was strangely more like their Victoria Creams than a truffle. It is still nice and orangey, just not what it advertised.
Chocolate Classic Truffle – now this is more like it. Nice smooth, rich centre with just the right amount of sweetness.
Milk & Dark Butter Caramel – a thick chocolate shell with a lovely rich caramel inside. It could just use a touch more salt to draw out that last little bit of flavour, especially in the milk chocolate version.
Mystere Dark Chocolate Bar – this is Rogers’ 72% dark chocolate and it is yummy stuff. There’s some nice coffee and burnt notes that come in toward the end. They also make full bars of this stuff – I want some…
The tin also had some mini Victoria Creams, Rogers’ most famous creation. Having these in a smaller version helps to offset their sweetness quite nicely, even if they aren’t nearly as impressive as their bigger cousins.
All in all, a decent box of old-fashioned style chocolates that doesn’t offer anything out of the ordinary. But thanks to a combination of the very pretty tins and the “safe” flavours, this would appeal to the more conservative chocolate lover. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.