I think it’s safe to say that everyone knows what a sucker I am for chocolate.
I used to have rules about what can be in chocolate, but more recently, these have relaxed. A lot.
One person assisting in my chocolate breaking rules is Jess, the lady behind In Truffle We Trust. Jess loves chocolate even more than me, and has been allowing me to, ahem, taste test some of her new flavours. The only down side to this is I’ve developed quite an expensive habit – buying them from her by the bucket load.
She has become my chocolate dealer.
Luckily we have upgraded from random meetings in the city centre, to online shopping – no more plastic bags in the middle of Tiger Tiger – I, and of course you, can now buy online.
Earl Grey: These were in the first batch she ever let me try – the bergamot works beautifully with the dark chocolate leaving a deliciously lingering taste in the mouth, staying after you’ve swallowed, making you look longingly at the next one in the pack.
Violet: I love violet – it always takes me back to those little lilac and purple packets, that I bought for 5p (and later 10p and now 20p) from the corner shop. What is surprising about these is that the violet doesn’t hit straight away, it waits until after the dark chocolate hit. And god is it good. This was one of my suggestions and Jess has made me a very happy lady.
Rose: Oh heaven. As with the violet, so many memories are with rose – the most prevalent? Turkish delight. Imagine Cadbury’s Turkish Delight…. then forget it. This is better. This is deep, dark chocolate with rose waiting around the corner to tickle your senses and run away.
Chai: Another from Jess’s first batch, and it’s a good one. The cinnamon and clove are a perfect foil for the dark chocolate – neither overpowering the other, which a strong chai could do, Jess has got them bang on.
Chilli: Mr GFB was very pleased to get a try of one of these at the Craft Market at Brew Dog. The two just go together perfectly, leaving a lovely little burn at the back of your palate – nothing too heavy, just a little tickle.
And if none of these catch your fancy, how about beer flavoured? Catch Jess’s chocolatey heaven at Brew Dog or Beermoth for something a bit more… alcoholic. With a batch of Paradox and a batch of Sandiago on my desk, I’m breaking another one of my rules… No chocolate in the office.