The Mallow Tailor Chocolates

Posted by in Chocolate Reviews on November 5 2020 | Leave A Comment

It’s been a while since I’ve done a full-on chocolate review, but when Kate and Janet from The Mallow Tailor got in touch and asked if I’d like to try some of their filled chocolates, I couldn’t say no. After all, it’s 2020 and I deserve a little more quality chocolate in my life.

As is often the case, it turns out that saying yes to chocolate was a good decision on my part.

Based in the Brecon Beacons area of South Wales, The Mallow Tailor specialise in beautiful chocolates filled marshmallow, caramel and fruit ganaches. And as you can see, first impressions are very good!

Filled Chocolates

I decided to cut into one of the chocolates to get a better look and was rewarded with this glorious sight.

This is the Salted Caramel in a dark chocolate shell and as you can see from the photos, it has the perfect consistency. The filling is smooth, sweet and perfectly gooey. It’s the kind of chocolate you need to be a little careful with. Bite into it without thinking, and and you’re going to end up with caramel all over your clothes.

Luckily, I’m an expert caramel consumer with many years experience and hardly made any mess. Much.

The chocolate has a strong resemblance to Paul A Young‘s famous salted caramel, both in appearance and flavour. That’s no bad thing, of course. The one thing that sets Paul’s chocolates apart though, is his choice of chocolate that perfectly complements the fillings. This Mallow Tailor can’t quite match that, and the dark chocolate shells do have a noticeable cocoa flavour

Next up was a raspberry ganache in white chocolate. Again, the filling was wonderfully smooth with a subtle but well balanced flavour. I particularly liked the balance of sweetness in this one; something that’s quite difficult to get right in a white chocolate.

The Lime Ganache in a dark chocolate shell is another well balanced chocolate. The lime is zesty and zingy, but doesn’t overpower the chocolate. This is the flavour that worked best for me with the Belgian dark chocolate that The Mallow Tailor are using.

I could tell the box wasn’t going to last long, so decided to plough on with my scientific endeavours and stuff my face some more. The Marshmallow in a milk chocolate shell was surprisingly good. I wasn’t expecting much from a mallow filled chocolate, but I can see why this is their signature creation. The filling had a nice soft texture and a very pleasant vanilla flavour that worked well with the choice of chocolate.

Finally I tried the Caramallow; a combination of salted caramel and marshmallow. I was at first expecting this to be some kind of mixture of the two fillings; a foamy caramel of some sort. Instead, we have two distinct layers in a dark chocolate shell. It’s a pretty good combination, although I think personally I do prefer the flavours separately.

Stollen Slab

Also included in my little care package was this interesting little bar. Kate calls it a “deconstructed stollen” covered in milk chocolate. I’m told that it’s made with raisins, cranberries and fresh nutmeg which are steeped in Barti rum and combined with big chunks of marzipan. And I love it. I do have a bit of a thing for marzipan in chocolate, and that’s what has had me nibbling on this bar throughout the day.

I’m so pleased to have discovered The Mallow Tailor, particularly at a time when we could all use a bit of a chocolate pick-me-up. At the start of another lockdown in the UK, we should all be thinking about supporting small local businesses, but it’s also a great time to show the ones we love that we’re thinking of them. And what better way than with the gift of chocolate.

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