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Paris Truffles – Giveaway #54

Chocolate Reviews, Giveaway | 21st November 2014 | By

Well this is a first for me. I’ve heard much about the rise of real chocolate in the USA, but I have not had the opportunity to try any of it – until now, that is. As the name suggests, Paris Truffles is a company offering elegant and fashionable chocolates. It also has an interesting and quirky range of flavoured 85g chocolate bars which I find particularly appealing. Husband and wife team Robert and Paige Leavitt established  the company back in 1984. Robert spent his childhood hanging around in French chocolate shops (somebody’s got to) while Paige travelled the world. They’ve combined their passion for chocolate and world cuisine to make a range of bold flavoured bars. Kettle corn and maple bacon may not be for me, but an emphatic yes to any of the others. I’d certainly like to try the chilli crunch bar – 35% milk chocolate with toasted tortilla and the world’s hottest chilli.

I was sent six bars to try and although I didn’t get the chilli bar I’d hoped for, I received two others that contained this indispensable spice. I found the bars really interesting and great fun, but if subtlety is what you’re after, these are probably not the ones for you. These flavours are strong and punchy and I loved them. The smooth couverture chocolate is mixed with the key ingredients in their natural state for added texture.

With Christmas just around the corner, these bars would make a fabulous gift or stocking filler for the adventurous chocolate lover. Enter the giveaway below and you might be lucky enough to win six bars for yourself – wherever you are in the world.

When I was perusing the Paris Truffles website, the Thai satay bar was the first one that grabbed my attention. How very interesting. So when I found it was in the parcel of bars I received, I was delighted and it was the very first bar I tried.

Thai Satay (35%)sugar, whole milk powder, cacao mess, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla, peanuts, sesame, coconut, cayenne, Thai birds eye chilli, sea salt.
This had an almost savoury scent that was indeed reminiscent of satay sauce. Salty peanut was the first flavour to make its presence felt, followed by the coconut and sesame. It was then the chilli decided to say hello and wow, it had a kick. Not one but two types of chilli in this bar. All this wrapped up in 35% milk chocolate which helpfully allays the chilli – just a little. As regular readers will know, I am a chilli fiend and am often disappointed at how mild some chilli chocolate can be. I was not disappointed with this bar, my mouth and throat glowed for quite some time. Not subtle, but totally moreish.

Siena Fig Bar (64%)cacao mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla, figs, pistachios, pine nuts, sea salt.
I am a fan of both figs and pistachios, so this was the second bar I tried. The first thing I did was breathe in the fruity aroma of figs that emanated enticingly from the packet. Then I broke off a piece and tasted. It was just right with a good balance of fig to salty pistachio, although the pistachios were a little too salty for my palate. The mild 64% dark chocolate showcased the flavours beautifully. A delicious Christmassy chocolate bar.

English Garden (64%)cacao mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla, French candied violets, basil, Meyer lemon, olive oil, thyme, salt.
Thyme was the dominant flavour here, but I could certainly detect the others too. The rich dark chocolate had subtle violet overtones, a sensation enhanced by the crunchy candied violets. I didn’t feel there was a need for salt in this bar. I was, however, heartened to find leaves of thyme contained within the chocolate – a nice authentic touch.

Orange Passion (60%)cacao mass, sugar, cocoa butter. soy lecithin, vanilla, orange zest, passion fruit powder, sea salt.
This bar had a strong zesty orange scent which livened up my tastebuds, even before it passed my lips. The chocolate was almost smooth and had a good snap. It tasted of real orange with bursts of tart passion fruit. As with the English Garden, I would have preferred this chocolate without salt – it really wasn’t needed.

Salted Almond Toffee (60%) – cacao mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla, almonds, pure cane sugar, butter, sea salt.
I think this was my favourite. Not too salty, and with a nice crunch from the chopped almonds punctuated with little bursts of toffee. The dark 60% chocolate was more noticeable for some reason and felt quite luxurious. It  melded well with the caramel flavours. For some not entirely obvious reason, it reminded me of a sophisticated Snickers bar.

Raspberry Lime Espelette (65%) – cacao mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla, espelette chilli powder, raspberry powder, sugar, limes, sea salt.
The only word to describe the scent of this bar is gorgeous. It’s a seductive mix of rich chocolate and fruity raspberry that really had my mouth watering. It had a really good snap to it and was smoother than the other bars I tried, although it still had some bits in it. It had a nice level of heat, not nearly as powerful as the Satay bar, but there is no mistaking its presence. The raspberry and lime was a nice combination with neither flavour overwhelming the other, nor indeed, the chocolate. Really quite delicious.

Thanks to Paris Truffles for sending me some of their chocolate bars to try. I was not required to write a positive review and as always, all opinions are my own.

Giveaway
Paris Truffles Chocolatier have kindly agreed to give one of my readers six bars of their chocolate. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is open to those living anywhere, but you must be aged 18 or over to enter. Winners will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked.

Prizes are offered and provided by Paris Truffles Chocolatier and Chocolate Log Blog accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party.
Closing date is Friday 19 December 2014

Do take a look at my giveaway page to see if there is anything else you would like to enter.

Paris Truffles

Comments

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    Miranda Myrabev
    21st November 2014

    Not sure how I feel about chocolate and chilli together. I love them separately but together definitely sounds like an acquired taste

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    Suelle
    21st November 2014

    Linzertorte would make a lovely chocolate bar – almonds, and raspberries (or redcurrants) with a subtle hint of lemon and cinnamon. Add a few cookie pieces to replicate the effect of pastry.

  3. Leave a Reply

    Fiona Smith
    21st November 2014

    Carrot cake with frosting

  4. Leave a Reply

    Isabel O
    21st November 2014

    I think it would be fun to try and create a trifle chocolate bar. πŸ™‚

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    The Vegetarian Mermaid.
    21st November 2014

    I adore caramel, so a carmel one would sound delish! However, after reading this post, every chocolate you got sounds like a dream.

    vegcourtesy.blogspot.com

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    goodeggfoodie.com
    23rd November 2014

    I can’t get with chilli chocolate no matter how hard I try.Saying that the raspberry, lime and chilli is one which intrigues me so am prepared to give it a go!!
    I’d like to see a Black Forest Gateau flavoured bar please!

  7. Leave a Reply

    Kirsty Broadhead
    25th November 2014

    Hmmm… Cream Horn!! (weird i know)

  8. Leave a Reply

    Kathy M.
    28th November 2014

    Banana Foster Cheesecake, hits the spot!

  9. Leave a Reply

    Anonymous
    28th November 2014

    Fish and chips
    (Spencer Broadley)

  10. Leave a Reply

    Charlotte Arnott
    15th December 2014

    Treacle sponge

  11. Leave a Reply

    Liz Marriott
    17th December 2014

    Peaches and cream

  12. Leave a Reply

    Claire Hull
    17th December 2014

    Lemon drizzle cake

  13. Leave a Reply

    KYLIE GIBBARD
    17th December 2014

    Lemon drizzle cake. Yum!

  14. Leave a Reply

    Anonymous
    17th December 2014

    Sherry Trifle (Julie D)

  15. Leave a Reply

    Beky Austerberry
    17th December 2014

    It is not a meal as such but would love to see a bar with fudge, marshmellows and turkish delight!

  16. Leave a Reply

    Tracey Parker
    17th December 2014

    New York cheesecake

  17. Leave a Reply

    Debby
    17th December 2014

    Mixed Nut Risotto or mixed nut cookies

  18. Leave a Reply

    Anonymous
    17th December 2014

    Baked Alaska

    KATHY D

  19. Leave a Reply

    Michelle lintern
    17th December 2014

    Chocolate meringue

  20. Leave a Reply

    Anonymous
    17th December 2014

    Black Forest cherry cake

    @jaizduck

  21. Leave a Reply

    Anonymous
    17th December 2014

    Lemon meringue pie.

    Rachel Craig

  22. Leave a Reply

    Lisa Day
    18th December 2014

    Apple crumble would be lovely combined with chocolate in a bar

  23. Leave a Reply

    Anonymous
    18th December 2014

    A walnut brownie

    trevor linvell

  24. Leave a Reply

    clair brown
    18th December 2014

    eton mess, its my favourite dessert and would be amazing as a chocolate bar.

  25. Leave a Reply

    Anonymous
    18th December 2014

    vanilla ice cream and strawberrys
    from samantha price

  26. Leave a Reply

    Pam Francis Gregory
    18th December 2014

    Coconut cake

  27. Leave a Reply

    sarah-dawn pope
    18th December 2014

    Lemon meringue pie

  28. Leave a Reply

    Anonymous
    18th December 2014

    Lemon meringue (Pete)

  29. Leave a Reply

    Louise A
    19th December 2014

    Christmas cake…all those nuts and fruits you couldn’t go wrong πŸ™‚

  30. Leave a Reply

    marie carr
    19th December 2014

    Brandy snaps and cream! mmmm!

  31. Leave a Reply

    Natalie Roberts
    19th December 2014

    White chocolate cheesecake

  32. Leave a Reply

    Em S
    19th December 2014

    Salted caramel cheesecake

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