I’ll be honest. One of the reasons why I’ve never reviewed any chocolate from Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé before is because Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé is really hard to say. And to type.
But I probably should be paying more attention to what they’re doing, as they’re actually a great Hungarian bean-to-bar chocolate company. Their chocolate features beautiful packaging and a minimum of quality ingredients. This bar, for instance, contains just organic cocoa beans, organic cane sugar and cocoa butter. Those organic cocoa beans come from the Åkesson estate in Madagascar, so you know you’re getting something a bit special. It’s the same estate as the beans from yesterday’s chocolate review Åkesson’s Black Pepper in fact.
I can’t stress how much I love the packaging here. It’s not just pretty, it’s well thought out. The only part of the wrapper unique to this bar is the printed band that goes around the outside. The thick paper with its gold-printed bird and flower design has no text and is simply help together with a single piece of decorative tape. It’s luxurious but simple – just as good chocolate should be.
The chocolate inside is equally beautiful, although as you can see mine has been through the wars a little bit. I don’t mind – I think it looks like some kind of antique jigsaw. And I was planning on breaking it anyway!
The colour is interesting – it’s quite pale for a 71% cocoa solids chocolate bar. You could easily mistake it for a dark milk chocolate, in fact. But it’s beautifully moulded and perfectly tempered, with a glossy finish and a satisfying snap when you break it.
The chocolate has all the Madagascan criollo flavour I love. It’s intense and zingy and immediately lifts the senses. It’s full of fruity, citrus notes, and even a touch of liquorice in there. I think there’s a little bit more cocoa butter and a bit less sugar than you’d normally find, and I’m quite happy with that, as the natural fruitiness of the chocolate is sweet enough.
I really enjoyed this chocolate and I’m looking forward to reviewing more from Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé. I just need to learn how to say it.