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Chocolate Week: Day Two

Chocolate Reviews | 14th October 2014 | By

If you can’t get to the Fat Duck in Bray, an experience I have yet to enjoy, never fear.  You can always try some of Heston Blumenthal’s  alchemical concoctions in chocolate form. Waitrose have teamed up with Heston to offer a box of twelve planet like chocolate orbs for their Christmas Collection. Heston’s Cocktail Chocolate Box will be available from Waitrose at £13.50, if it isn’t already.

As you might expect, these are not your average box of Christmas chocs. Not only are they inspired by cocktails, but the textures and flavours are a little unusual. They are best suited to those of an inquisitive nature and an open mind.

The concept is fun and I enjoyed them as a one of experience. They are distinctly alcoholic and you probably ought not to operate heavy machinery after eating one. I found the milk chocolate a little too sweet and this seemed to detract from the complex flavours. This was a prototype box and it didn’t include a description card, so I had to guess which ones were which; I only managed two. I know certain of my readers will be most unimpressed with my limited knowledge of cocktails, but I had no clue what most of them are meant to taste like.

A fruity caramel with and orange coloured and flavoured fondant running through the middle with a milk chocolate coating – I guess Negroni.

I guessed this one! A thin milk chocolate contained a Gin and Tonic soft milk chocolate centre. The botanicals left a clean and slightly bitter taste in the mouth which I really liked.

A fruity jelly with a pink frothy centre slap bang in the middle, enrobed in a thin dark chocolate shell. The alcohol hit to this one was a delayed reaction that was stronger after rather than during consumption. I couldn’t even guess as to its identity, but Cuba Libre didn’t fit anywhere else.

A green lime flavoured jelly like centre with soft caramel wrapped in a thin milk chocolate shell. I found this to be an interesting eating experience. I think I detected a hint of mint – my money is on Mojito.

A soft dark chocolate ganache with an oaky flavour  wrapped in dark chocolate. This one was particularly boozy and warmed my throat nicely as it went down. I’m guessing Sherry and Whisky.

A lime citrus jelly and dark alcoholic ganache contained within a dark chocolate shell. Very nice it was. Could be Caipirinha.

Don’t miss yesterday’s post: Chocolate Week: Day One

I was sent a Heston’s Cocktail Chocolate Box to try. I was not required to write a positive review and as always, all opinions are my own.


  1. Nayna Kanabar

    14th October 2014 at 6:41 am

    These chocolate balls look amazingly delicious.

  2. India Benjamin

    14th October 2014 at 8:33 am

    These would make such a good present for someone! I think Caipirinha would be my favourite 🙂

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

    • Choclette Blogger

      16th October 2014 at 2:50 pm

      They’d make a great present for anyone interested in cocktails or trying new flavours.

  3. Karen S Booth

    14th October 2014 at 8:42 am

    I am following your chocolate week posts with anticipation! ANOTHER very decadent review – lucky you!

  4. Kath

    14th October 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Well, I hope Heston reads this and invites you and CT for a review visit! I could do with several of those chocolates right now. x

    • Choclette Blogger

      16th October 2014 at 7:38 pm

      Now that is a fabulous idea Kath – lets hope he reads this indeed!

  5. Debi Wayland

    14th October 2014 at 8:52 pm

    OMG, these chocolates look awesome! And, I’m drooling over the descriptions! Yum! These are the kind you take small bites of and let them melt in your mouth, savoring the lucious chocolate experience! Yum!

    • Choclette Blogger

      16th October 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Hehe, I tried taking small bites of these Debi, but they sort of fell apart. Another technique was needed.

  6. Healing Tomato

    14th October 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I think EVERY week should be a chocolate week. This chocolate pics are making me crave some chocolate right now.

  7. Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry!

    14th October 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I think it should be chocolate YEAR! LOL I love chocolate with orange flavor. Yum!

    • Choclette Blogger

      16th October 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Well there was one of those Kristin, but it was quite heady 😉

  8. Katie

    15th October 2014 at 6:07 am

    They sound really interesting I’m always eager to try new foods. How bizarre they didn’t provide you with a list of what the chocolate were though. I’d want that.
    They look beautiful.

    • Choclette Blogger

      16th October 2014 at 7:45 pm

      They do look good don’t they Katie. I’m sure they will give a description in the boxes that are out for sale, I don’t think they’d quite got the finished product out when I was sent this.

  9. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    15th October 2014 at 7:24 am

    Hey C, I really really need some of the fab chocolate that you get to try. Weird that no names thought.

    • Choclette Blogger

      16th October 2014 at 7:46 pm

      They didn’t send me the finalised package Bintu, but I’m sure there will be descriptions in the “real” thing.

  10. Bintu Hardy

    15th October 2014 at 7:25 am


  11. Michelle Nahom

    15th October 2014 at 9:14 am

    I love chocolate! It should be chocolate week all the time! LOL Really, for me it is. I wouldn’t say I go crazy on it, but it’s probably a rare week I don’t have any chocolate! 🙂

  12. Emma Julia

    15th October 2014 at 12:13 pm

    These do sound lovely – I do love a naughty chocolate truffle, and firmly believe they shouldn’t be restricted just to Christmas!


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