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Cocoa Boutique – A Review

Chocolate Reviews | 7th April 2013 | By

Oh the excitement. The pleasure of an unopened box of chocolates just waiting to be discovered. The expectation is doubled when I don’t know what the box contains. I have, occasionally, been disappointed, but these chocolates were from Cocoa Boutique and I have reviewed them before, so I knew I was going to like them. They arrived rather mysteriously; I was not expecting them and had had no correspondence about it, but I am not one to turn down a box of nice chocolates that has been posted through my door. Cocoa Boutique is a chocolate club, so they are set up for parcels that can fit through a letterbox – I wish more would do that: better to be gratified instantly than to have to wait for a redelivery. This box was visually very pleasing and the enticing aroma of chocolate wafting up made me impatient to get stuck in.

Before even looking at the card to see what flavours awaited me, I followed the visual cues and went straight for the chocolate that appealed to me most. It was the Passion Fruit, a flavour I have a love hate relationship with when it comes to chocolate. Done well, it can be exquisite, but done badly it can taste synthetic and unpleasant. I was relieved to find, this fell into the first category. Paired with dark chocolate, it was sharp, fruity, aromatic and full flavoured, leaving behind a mixture of dark chocolate and passionfruit flavour that lingered on the palate for some considerable time after the chocolate had been consumed. I could quite see why this chocolate by Sun Trigg has won several awards.

Following this jump into the unknown and my lust being sated for a while, I was a little more restrained with my further tastings. I looked at the guide to see just what I had in store. There were some delicious sounding chocolates and flavour combinations, but my eye fell on the cocoa dusted salted caramel and as I would be addicted to these if my pocket allowed, this was my very next choice. The caramel was a little thicker than I’ve had before, but no less delicious for that and the salt erring towards subtlety brought out the flavour without tasting particularly salty. Note for CT: a box of these would be my idea of bliss.

Marzipan – just how I like it. It had a homemade feel and was almondy both in texture and taste without tasting of almond essence and it was not too sweet either.

Gazillionaires Shortbread – a fun idea, but sweeter than the salted caramel and like millionaires shortbread, just too sweet for me.

Double Praline – I enjoyed the two different flavours and textures stacked one on top of the other.

The Frothing Hot Chocolate was not only fun to look at, but contained a bit of a surprise – it was certainly very hot!

 

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Other chocolates of particular note were: the Raspberry Champagne Truffle which tasted of both raspberries and champagne but were a little too sweet for me; a Lemon Meringue Whip which had the flavour of lemon meringue pie, but was also rather too sweet and a very good Cherry Brandy.

All in all, I thought this was a good box of chocolates and I’d be happy for someone to subscribe me to the service for a while – hint, hint! There was a good mix of dark, milk and white chocolate and a varied mix of textures and flavours to make this a box that can be indulged in by one single chocoholic – why are you looking at me? Or it could be shared out amongst friends and family – there should be something here to suit everyone’s taste.

9 Comments

  1. Emma

    7th April 2013 at 2:00 pm

    They look delicious! It’s interesting you should mention the homemade feel of the marzipan, as making marzipan is one of the new things I am aiming to try this summer… 🙂

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  2. Katie

    7th April 2013 at 3:20 pm

    What a lovely surprise to turn up through the post box. I love getting exciting things in the post, its sort of like Christmas. Unwrapping a box and discovering whats inside.
    The chocolates all look gorgeous. Not had a passion fruit one before.

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  3. Jacqueline Meldrum

    7th April 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I have a box, but haven’t dipped into it yet. I must go do that now. This is a new pleasure, reading a review, then being able to try the product right away.

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  4. The Caked Crusader

    7th April 2013 at 4:08 pm

    The gazillionaires shortbread has my full attention!

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  5. Caroline

    7th April 2013 at 9:34 pm

    They look lovely, and what a nice surprise to find an unexpected box of chocolates!

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  6. Anonymous

    8th April 2013 at 8:54 am

    Yam Yam! 🙂

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  7. Helen Moulden

    26th April 2013 at 1:00 pm

    They look like little works of art!

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  8. emma

    25th July 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I received the exact same product and was very displeased with it it was very poor quality and were disgusting and they make it near impossible to get a refund will never buy from them again if you want good chocolates try hotel chocolate

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  9. Beverley

    17th April 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Sounds nice – not too keen on marzipan but the others sound tasty.

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