Whisk & Whites are a new British chocolatier that launched earlier this month at The Chocolate Show. Their beautiful stand with wooden bookshelves and movie props was the talk of the show. And as it happens, the chocolates are pretty good too.
I met owner Marc Hambrook at the show and had a good chat, but I still know relatively little about the business. The website is very nice, but doesn’t go into a great deal of detail about the history of the business, how the chocolates are made or where ingredients are sourced. When I discover a chocolatier I like, these are exactly the kinds of things I want to know more about.
The chocolates themselves are elegant, well made and very nicely presented. The box I purchased at the show is a little bashed about (entirely my own fault), so there are a few loose bits stuck to the otherwise pristine chocolates.
My only real complaint here is that there’s no menu, so I had to use the website to work out which chocolate was which, best I could. In fact, there was no information of any kind in the box, including ingredients list. I’m sure they’re coming though, so I’m not too concerned. (Update: Marc tells me menus are now included in every box!)
There are some great chocolates in this box including some wonderfully smooth ganaches, but the highlights for me were the caramels, in particular the cobnut caramel (the square chocolate with the ribbon design above). I cheekily stole… er… asked nicely and sampled one of these on the opening night of the show, and they really are fantastic.
I’m not a fan of nuts by any means, but the rich, toasted flavours combined with the deep muscovado caramel in this chocolate are to die for. I could easily eat a whole box of these. The black salt caramel is almost as good, but at around half the size of a Paul a Young caramel, I really wanted this one to be bigger!
There are things that didn’t work so well for me in the box too. One of the chocolates – I think a Mulberry Gin Truffle, tasted amazing but was dusted in white icing sugar. Not the most appetising looking chocolate, and the cause of most of the stray bits on the chocolates you see in my photos.
The same goes for the Cherry & Almond Crumble; Wonderful flavours but the chocolate itself is coated in a crumble which doesn’t look so good and tends to float around the box.
These are very minor issues though, and in all honestly, only an annoyingly finicky chocolate reviewer would even mention them. The box is packed full of great chocolates with well balanced flavours and would make a fantastic gift for any chocolate lover. Highly recommended.