Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Design Your Own Chocolate (@chocri_UK www.chocri.co.uk)
Chocri have been selling customisable chocolate bars in America for a while now, but have only just recently launched the UK site. The concept being Chocri chocolate is that you choose a base chocolate, and then select a variety of toppings. There is a huge range, included herbs and spices, through to sweets and flower petals. I found it quite hard to pick a bar, but did eventually make my mind up on one combination. Chocri were also kind enough to send me one of their choosing too.
Milk chocolate with Cookie and Rice Crispies (as chosen by Chocri)
The chocolate base is a milk chocolate, which is full of flavour, wonderfully sweet, but with a rich cocoa taste mixed in too. It is clearly a decent quality chocolate with a good flavour, a nice thick melt, and a glossy finish. The topping looks pretty on the bar, and is a generous portion. The Rice Crispies add the necessary crunch, and the biscuit adds to the texture and delivers a sweet delicate biscuit flavour. The topping combination is nice, but not dramatic, I think it is a very safe and tasty choice, but for my bar I decided to be a little more adventurous.
Dark Chocolate with Sour Cherries and Peanut Butter Drops (my choice)
Regular readers of this blog will know about my obsession with peanut butter and chocolate, the combination just really works for me. I was very excited to find peanut butter available to the UK market, as it does seem to be something we miss out on. I decided to add the cherries in to for a tang of flavour and to mix things up.
The chocolate is of a similarly consistency to the milk chocolate, but with a stronger darker richer cocoa taste. The cherries really wowed me, I know they claimed to be sour but I was still never expecting the fabulous flavour they contained. They have a lovely strong zingy taste that was just wonderfully sharp and had a beautiful contrast to the dark chocolate. The peanut butter was a lovely additional taste, adding a salty nutty aspect. I don’t mean to blow my own trumpet but I think I created a pretty fine combination, and one I would certainly purchases again!
I can’t emphasise how much fun it is to design your own chocolate bar, but if you’re indecisive like me you might be a bit stumped because of the large selection! I do heartily recommend it though, let me know if you come up with one better than Sour Cherries and Peanut Butter, because I thought that was the bee’s knees!