Last year I investigated a couple of his products, but I also wanted to try some of his prize winning chocolates, so I bought a handful to see what all the fuss was about.
The first one I sampled was the Thyme & Scottish Heather Honey, and the moment my teeth cracked the dark Toscano chocolate shell I found myself breathing in the sweet smell of the honey.
The centre continued to deliver that rich sweetness in combination with the buttery cocoa flavours to the very last, leaving a lingering hint of the honey on my palate. Delightful.
Next up was a Caramel. Simple as that – a salted caramel cup.
Although after Dom’s Caramello review I was a little wary about the corn symbol on the top!
Here’s where the chocolate started to really shine. The thicker chocolate base allows one to experience the lush, sweet, burnt sugar flavours of the caramel before hitting you with a grand finale of huge wafts of dark, citrussy cocoa. as Deanna might say, the finish was a deep, dark reddy flavour, earthy, rich and very enjoyable indeed. The two flavours continued to do a little pas de deux in my mouth for a while after the chocolate had physically gone, and it was lovely.
My final choice had to be William’s multi-award winning Chuao chocolate.
This little beauty has garnered a multitude of plaudits from chocolate tasters all over the world, so I knew I was in for a treat, and what a treat it was.
Made using Venezuelan cocoa, Chuao is the name of a village in the region (now reportedly being dveloped into a tourist attraction) and is reputed to be some of the finest cocoa in the world.
There’s no doubting the pedigree of this chocolate as you bite down. The balance between flavour and texture is sublime. Hugely chocolatey and yet amazingly light and delicate at the same time, the cocoa flavours are as near to perfect as you could wish for. In the mouth this chocolate delivers a wonderfully deep, complex set of flavours without once becoming even slightly heavy or cloying. I didn’t realise it was possible to find cocoa with such richness of flavour and such light body. Try one of these and you can see how it has amassed so many awards. Truly top notch confectionery.
It’s fairly obvious from the stack of awards that they have amassed that the Curleys are at the top of their game. Anyone serious about top quality chocolate has to try some of their creations, and I am glad to report that they do live up to all of the hype. A must-do for any chocolate fiend.