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Devnaa Chocolates and Cookbook – A Review

Box of Devnaa Chocolates.

If you have a sweet tooth, you’re going to love this review and giveaway. There’s an Indian-Inspired Desserts cookbook together with a box of Devnaa chocolates. Both are well worth having.

If you haven’t heard of Devnaa chocolates yet, you are just about to. Founded in 2006, Devnaa is a sister and brother team based in London. Roopa and Jay Rawal have taken a modern approach to traditional Indian sweets and produce a range of Indian-inspired chocolates and confectionary.

With their distinctive Indian flavours, these are for the more adventurous palate, but if you like the combination of chocolate and spices, these are for you. I happen to be a fan of this combination and was recently sent their signature box to review along with a signed copy of their recently published cookbook, Indian-Inspired Desserts by Roopa Rawal. I also have the same set to offer as a giveaway.

Devnaa Box of Chocolates

Immediately, the vibrant packaging alerts you to the fact that this is not your average box of chocolates. Lime green, fushia pink, purple and gold all combine together to create a thoroughly exotic feast for the eyes and transports you from grey old Blighty to a place where the sun shines with more intensity and regularity. With my penchant for bright colours, I am in love with their boxes. The box is also cleverly designed to look like a tiffin tin, the standard lunch box used in India. The Devnaa logo, a distinctive gold tear drop, appears in all sorts of forms.

Devnaa Box of Chocolates

In my experience, Indians generally have a very sweet tooth, so I was pleasantly surprised to find these Devnaa chocolates, although sweeter than I would prefer, are not overly sugared. The box contained sixteen chocolates, two of each flavour and they were a good mixture of chocolate, fillings, textures and flavours.

Chai Masala Caramel from a box of Devnaa chocolates.

Chai Masala Caramel

This was the one I made a beeline for. I love chai masala and I love caramel. The caramel was delicious, salted and with a good chai flavour, but without being overpowering. The milk chocolate shell was thick and I would have preferred a higher ratio of caramel to chocolate, but I still wouldn’t hesitate in consuming an entire box of them. CT agreed on how delicious they were, but liked the thick shell which cracks satisfyingly in the mouth. These have won a Gold in the Great Taste Awards and if they hadn’t they would certainly get a gold from me.

Rose and Ginger Cream

Enrobed with a thick plain chocolate shell which worked well to take the edge off the sweet rose cream. The rose makes an immediate impact, evoking exotic locations. Later, a subtle warming taste of ginger comes through and lingers nicely on the palate. Being a big fan of rose, I found this to be delicious, if a trifle sweet.

Saffron and Ginger Fudge

I was expecting the ginger to take centre stage with this one. After all it contains pieces of actual ginger. But it was the saffron that dominated. I found this interesting, but it didn’t have me running back for seconds. Strange as I like saffron cake, which is a Cornish speciality. Covered in a thin skin of milk chocolate.

Almond and Orange Praline

A very nice nutty praline which has a slight crunch to the texture and is delicately flavoured with orange. Covered in a thin skin of milk chocolate, it was delicious. It reminded CT of a peshwari naan, but in a good way. He has a bit of a thing about overly strong orange flavours, but thought this was very nicely balanced and would have eaten several, given the chance.

Honey and Cardamom Fudge

Covered in a thin shell of dark chocolate, this has a powerful and persistent taste of cardamom. The more delicate flavour of honey comes through after the initial spicy surprise. I found the dark chocolate a little too bitter, the cardamom needed toning down a bit and milk chocolate might have been a better choice. CT, however found them invigorating and enjoyed the experience.

Saffron and Pistachio Caramel

Covered in a thick white chocolate shell with a nice vanilla flavour, the saffron was once again the dominant flavour. Although the pistachios add a nice crunch, I couldn’t really taste their rather delicate flavour. The caramel was just the right consistency, liquid but not runny.

I often find the flavour of saffron rather overwhelming and here it left a bitter aftertaste which persisted on my palate. It also left a drying sensation, so I think I’d enjoy it more with a nice cup of tea. Again, I found this one interesting, but not one I’d pick out for preference.

Cinnamon Praline

I’m both a cinnamon and a praline lover, so I was looking forward to trying this one. Luckily I was not disappointed. It has a good cinnamon flavour, but isn’t too strong. It has crunchy pieces of crisped rice within a smooth hazelnut praline and is enrobed in a thin layer of milk chocolate. Both CT and I thought it delicious.

Coconut and Cardamom Caramel

Another thick dark chocolate shell with a distinctive bitter note which works really well with the sweet but delicious caramel filling. The caramel has a delicate but distinctive flavour of coconut with a persistent note of cardamom.

Indian-Inspired Desserts

As soon as I heard that Roopa had published a book, I was keen to have a look at it. Indian sweets are deeply reminiscent of my student days up in the big and exciting cosmopolitan world of London where I indulged in them with, err, more than seemly regularity. That together with my mother’s love of curries have given me a passion for the exotic flavours of India.

Indian-Inspired Desserts is a lovely collection of exotic egg free cakes, biscuits, sweets, traditional and fusion desserts, drinks and frozen desserts. I’m not a Sanskrit scholar, but the name Devnaa may well have a similar meaning to our Divine, which is certainly how I would describe this book.

The book is beautifully presented with Indian inspired motifs and colourful pages. The cover is a distinctive saffron yellow and is a good solid hardback. Unusually for modern cookbooks, there is an illustration for each recipe, giving a good idea of what you are aiming to achieve.

Devnaa Cookbook - Indian-inspired Desserts by Roopa Rawal

The book starts with a section on key ingredients and includes some useful information about each one. I for one didn’t realise that some groups in India don’t eat eggs due to cultural and religious sensibilities. Roopa cautions us on the use of spices. Make sure you use good quality ones as there are often imitations out there. This is especially true when it comes to saffron.

In this beginning section, you’ll find three basic building blocks for many of the recipes in Indian-Inspired Desserts. These are: Devnaa’s signature chai masala, an egg-free sponge and paneer, a fresh curd cheese which I find particularly delicious.

What Did I Make?

I couldn’t wait to try something out and no sooner had I received the book than I was knocking up my first ever barfi. Wow, I was thrilled with the result and served it up at a dinner party the next day. There are two more recipes I’ve had a go at and I was pretty impressed with both of those too. Sweet kachori is a deep fried pastry filled with a mixture of paneer, pistachios and chocolate. Totally scrummy. Chocolate and hazelnut ladoo are equally scrumptious, but they’re a lot sweeter than the pistachio kachori.

I’m looking forward to trying out more of these recipes with pistachio and coconut biscuits being next on my list. Other recipes I’m keen to try include: chocolate seera, apricot and saffron scones, white chocolate kheer, carrot halwa and a mixed nut and chocolate brittle (chikki). Further recipes can be found on the Devnaa blog.

Stay in Touch

Thanks for visiting Tin and Thyme. If you try any Devnaa chocolates or acquire a copy of Indian-Inspired Desserts, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Do share photos on your preferred social media site and use the hashtag #tinandthyme, so I can spot them.

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  1. Teressa Oliver

    28th September 2012 at 2:18 pm

    is raisin a spice? its my fav with chocolate

  2. Janine

    28th September 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I haven’t tried Indian sweets since I was a lot younger – I wasn’t a fan then, but my tastebuds may have improved since!I think my favourite spice to go with is cayenne pepper – a little bit fiery but still tastes good.

  3. chrisreid

    28th September 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I like ginger it goes great with chocolate

  4. Camilla @Fabfood4all

    28th September 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I think cinnamon would be interesting!

  5. hungryhinny

    28th September 2012 at 2:44 pm

    2nd attempt at a comment!

    I would go for the same ones as you – Chai Masala Caramel and Cinnamon Praline, they both sound amazing!

  6. suburban prep

    28th September 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I think that cinnamon is great with chocolate.

  7. Mary Campbell

    28th September 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Ginger is an absolute delight when mixed with chocolate. Highly recommended 🙂

  8. George@CulinaryTravels

    28th September 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Cardamom is my favourite spice to pair with chocolate.

  9. Homebird

    28th September 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Cinnamon – it’s my favourite spice so I think that would be my favourite.

  10. mummy24

    28th September 2012 at 6:27 pm

    cinnamon for me!

  11. Janice

    28th September 2012 at 7:03 pm

    You have piqued my interest in Indian desserts, chocolate and almonds for me.

  12. lapin d'or

    28th September 2012 at 7:16 pm

    saffron and pistachio make a good pairing in desserts

  13. Suelle

    28th September 2012 at 8:25 pm

    These all sound so unusual – I’d love to try the coconut and cardamom, but I think I would like them all!

  14. Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking}

    28th September 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Oh these chocolates look divine. Such perfect little bites of heaven and beautifully packaged.

    As for a spice that I think would go well with chocolate. I’m the first to mention this but star anise? Either that or I’m game for ginger or cinnamon.

  15. caroles

    28th September 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Ginger is lovely and so is chilli.

  16. Grace Lavender

    29th September 2012 at 12:45 am

    Ginger or Chilli

  17. Jane C English

    29th September 2012 at 9:48 am

    The rose & ginger sound a great & interesting combination

  18. Saran Benjamin

    29th September 2012 at 11:01 am

    Chilli is lovely in chocolate.

  19. kasza

    29th September 2012 at 12:18 pm


  20. Anonymous

    29th September 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Either cinnamon or ginger. Love chocolate ginger. 🙂 😀 Good luck to everyone

  21. kayleigh white

    29th September 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Has to be mint, lovely!

  22. relisys222

    29th September 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Cinnamon Praline sounds so yummy x

  23. tracey gibbons

    29th September 2012 at 3:09 pm

    chilli goes nice with chocolate

  24. Maria

    29th September 2012 at 3:52 pm

    chilli – it really works 🙂

  25. Sue McCarthy

    29th September 2012 at 4:57 pm


  26. Foodycat

    29th September 2012 at 6:49 pm

    They sound delicious – I am such a sucker for ginger. Some of the chocolates look like they’ve bloomed a little – was it nice quality chocolate?

  27. clairew137

    29th September 2012 at 8:13 pm


  28. saurus

    30th September 2012 at 7:23 am

    Ginger combines well – people rave about chilli but I hate it in chocolate

  29. laura banks

    30th September 2012 at 8:22 am


  30. Mama G

    30th September 2012 at 8:28 am

    Chilli and dark chocolate

  31. gill colling

    30th September 2012 at 11:06 am

    I’d certainly like to try these

  32. Chris

    30th September 2012 at 11:53 am

    cinnamon……has a warm glow

  33. Maya Russell

    30th September 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I love the flavour of cardamom and chocolate.

  34. Bdonna191

    30th September 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I’d have to go with chilli, but not too much

  35. becky004

    30th September 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Cinnamon or nutmeg

  36. visioneer

    1st October 2012 at 9:15 am

    Morning. personal choice “Saffron”

  37. Daisy Louie Craydon

    1st October 2012 at 9:27 am

    I absolutely love chili and chocolate.

  38. missmamo

    1st October 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Sea salt and chocolate is my fave combination

  39. Kelly Simpson

    1st October 2012 at 8:07 pm


  40. Susan

    2nd October 2012 at 10:41 am

    Cinnamon for me.

  41. Jane Willis

    2nd October 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Ginger for me!

  42. Stuart

    2nd October 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I’m old school…love the combo of chili and chocolate

  43. Clare Woodman

    2nd October 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Really excited by the possibility of trying these sweets – it would be a totally new experience 🙂

  44. Chas

    2nd October 2012 at 12:22 pm

    More chocolate!

  45. kitchen princess

    2nd October 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I love chilli with chocolate

  46. Anonymous

    2nd October 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Cinnamon goes really well with chocolate.

    Hazel Rea – @beachrambler

  47. Kayleigh

    2nd October 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Definitely cinnamon

  48. legs21

    2nd October 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I think that cinnamon is great with chocolate

  49. herb

    3rd October 2012 at 12:40 am

    nutmeg or cinnamon

  50. zoboze

    3rd October 2012 at 10:17 am

    Chilli and cinnamon

  51. honeydip

    3rd October 2012 at 5:51 pm


  52. magic

    3rd October 2012 at 7:15 pm


  53. anna

    3rd October 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I think cinamon but they all sound interesting

  54. mandy

    6th October 2012 at 8:45 am

    i like ginger &chocolate

  55. Isis1981uk

    6th October 2012 at 11:34 am

    I think Ginger is gorgeous with dark chocolates!

  56. Caz B

    6th October 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Cinnamon and chocolate … yummy x

  57. Sarah H

    6th October 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I love ginger 🙂 x

  58. Isabel O'Brien

    6th October 2012 at 11:33 pm

    If cinnamon counts then cinnamon definitely.

  59. alexmax

    7th October 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I love chai masala and chocolate! Sounds like a fab combo

  60. Geebee

    8th October 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Sounds weird but wasabi is amazing with chocolate!

  61. carol

    8th October 2012 at 9:22 pm


  62. Shaheen

    9th October 2012 at 6:48 pm


  63. mellysocks

    10th October 2012 at 12:35 am


  64. Ursulab

    10th October 2012 at 11:06 am


  65. Just_me

    10th October 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Anise or Chilli

  66. Carolin

    11th October 2012 at 10:03 am

    Cinnamon, I LOVE cinnamon!! 🙂

  67. carowood

    11th October 2012 at 11:47 am


  68. tinam1

    11th October 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I really like chilli chocolate as long as its not too spicy x

  69. Sandy Hallett

    13th October 2012 at 8:53 pm

    chilli and chocolate always go really well together.

    These look like such luxury chocolates – I might have to put some on my christmas shopping list for family members

  70. Fiona Matters

    13th October 2012 at 10:43 pm

    I think ginger – or possibly chili.

  71. tabbaz123

    14th October 2012 at 8:21 am

    Chilli for me!

  72. Nicola P

    14th October 2012 at 10:22 am

    Has to be chilli. I always add dark chocolate to my chilli con carne.

  73. Anonymous

    14th October 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Cardamom works beautifully with chocolate (Janet Bagnall

  74. Bev's Burning Books

    14th October 2012 at 9:12 pm


  75. olivia280177

    14th October 2012 at 10:49 pm

    White chocolate with cardamom and milk choc with cinnamon

  76. Dave Edwards

    15th October 2012 at 11:31 pm


  77. stephen holman

    16th October 2012 at 5:17 pm

    add a bit of spice with chilli 🙂

  78. Eleanor Jones

    16th October 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I love ginger 🙂

  79. Sandsferguson

    17th October 2012 at 10:08 am


  80. kylie johnson

    17th October 2012 at 10:03 am

    cinnamon is my favourite 🙂

  81. Lindsey Gunn

    17th October 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Probably cinnamon for me too

  82. stellabella

    17th October 2012 at 3:08 pm


  83. Gary Topley

    17th October 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Cinamon would go best.

  84. Hayley Colburn

    17th October 2012 at 8:37 pm

    choc orange mmmmmmmmmmm outh watery

  85. Diane

    17th October 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Ginger – my mother in laws favourite

  86. Emma2321

    17th October 2012 at 9:25 pm

    The spice I like with chocolate is chilli

  87. cachexia

    18th October 2012 at 7:29 am

    I love chilli chocolate

  88. Anonymous

    18th October 2012 at 9:02 am

    Cinnamon or Ginger are my Favourites 🙂

    Rebecca/Becci Cleary

  89. soozwales

    18th October 2012 at 1:04 pm


  90. Stacy Fenemore

    18th October 2012 at 4:30 pm


  91. krnries

    18th October 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I love chilli and chocolate, although I’m not sure I’ve tried many interesting combinations

  92. Rikka B

    18th October 2012 at 6:55 pm

    For me it has to be ginger.

  93. Clare cherrington

    18th October 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Ginger! Yum!

  94. Yvonne Crook

    18th October 2012 at 9:56 pm


  95. Olivia

    18th October 2012 at 11:12 pm

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  96. kelandab

    18th October 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Oooo, definitely chilli, have tried chilli chocolate & it’s amazing!

  97. Olivia

    18th October 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Oh wow never heard of these before, but they look yummy! Cinnamon! Sorry for deleting, spell checked 🙂

  98. Nicky123

    19th October 2012 at 1:53 am


  99. Phyllis Ellett

    19th October 2012 at 4:23 am

    Always wanted to try Nutmeg.

  100. Catherine McAlinden

    19th October 2012 at 6:15 am

    Cinnamon for me

  101. Running In Boise

    19th October 2012 at 6:50 am


  102. haddockv

    19th October 2012 at 7:00 am


  103. Cherry Mischievous

    19th October 2012 at 8:52 am

    I’m not a cook so honestly I don’t know what spice combines best with chocolate but for this competition I’ll give it a shot 🙂

    I imagine cinnamon would taste well with chocolate.

  104. sarahlee3

    19th October 2012 at 9:46 am

    I think ginger is a great spice with chocolate!

  105. hazhaddock

    19th October 2012 at 10:34 am


  106. poppy101

    19th October 2012 at 12:35 pm

    One of the best spices that combines well with chocolate is chilli.

  107. Kerry Kilmister

    19th October 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Cinnamon! Absolutely gorgeous with chocolate.

  108. petertattersall

    19th October 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I like them all

  109. Elaine Livingstone

    19th October 2012 at 1:41 pm

    star anise

  110. thrlrds2007

    19th October 2012 at 4:05 pm


  111. shell35

    19th October 2012 at 4:07 pm


  112. Kateg1982

    19th October 2012 at 4:39 pm


  113. alison

    19th October 2012 at 5:03 pm


  114. antheaholloway

    19th October 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I think nutmeg is a good one!

  115. Kristy Brown

    19th October 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Cinammon or ginger…..I can’t decide which. x

  116. sheridarby

    19th October 2012 at 6:34 pm


  117. abijanebrighton1986

    19th October 2012 at 6:56 pm

    mmm cinnomon (unless vanilla is a spice?!)

  118. Anonymous

    19th October 2012 at 7:16 pm


  119. Bubbles17

    19th October 2012 at 7:27 pm


  120. Claire Sales

    19th October 2012 at 7:30 pm

    five spice 🙂

  121. Ellen Stafford

    19th October 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Cinnamon – love it!

  122. Ceri

    19th October 2012 at 8:03 pm


  123. Bruce

    19th October 2012 at 9:10 pm


  124. Angie Hoggett

    19th October 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I love Cardamom

  125. straysuzi

    19th October 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Chilli it gives it that heat and bite without taking away the flavour

  126. Zoe Coen

    19th October 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Ginger or Chilli x

  127. Mrs Voucher

    19th October 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I think lavender and mint with chocolate would be a great combination

  128. bloomers

    19th October 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I would have to say Cinnamon, yum

  129. Angiem32

    19th October 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I’d definitely say nutmeg 🙂 yummy!

  130. Cute Aprons

    20th October 2012 at 6:05 am

    Ginger is my favourite spice with Chocolate

  131. daisychain

    20th October 2012 at 6:33 am

    Ginger and chocolate is the only way.

  132. Rich

    20th October 2012 at 7:28 am

    Chilli or ginger

  133. elizabeth barker

    20th October 2012 at 8:56 am

    It has to be ginger.

  134. CHOCOAJ

    20th October 2012 at 8:56 am

    I like Cinnamon, lovely at christmas 🙂

  135. Beth

    20th October 2012 at 10:01 am

    I am a huge chilli and chocolate fan – I don’t think anything else comes close! Alwyas chilli or perhaps cayenne pepper for me!

  136. Cake

    20th October 2012 at 11:07 am

    I love ginger with chocolate 🙂

  137. Vicky Robinson

    20th October 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Cinnamon sounds heavenly!

  138. olivia280177

    20th October 2012 at 1:11 pm

    following as oliviamcc GFC and olivia kirby on NB

  139. Tara Davies

    20th October 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Almond and orange

  140. Anonymous

    20th October 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Cinnamon for me!

  141. Tracey McPartland

    20th October 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Saffron and Pistachio Caramel sound divine, would love to taste this one


    20th October 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I love chilli and chocolate

  143. Anonymous

    20th October 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I think Ginger and chocolate are the perfect pair.

  144. neet

    20th October 2012 at 7:47 pm

    chilli definitely xx

  145. BeX

    20th October 2012 at 8:52 pm


  146. elisaw

    20th October 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Cinnamon & choccy – yum!

  147. Severe Rambler

    20th October 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Definitely saffron. Beautiful with dark chocolate 🙂


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