Well it's the 1st of April everyone! Hope you haven't all been fooled too much! Now that it's into April I definately thought it was time to start some serious Easter chocolate reviewing, Easter is such a great time for chocolate, so many delicious looking eggs, cute springtime looking animals & generally just so many products available all around, how do you know what to get?!
I decided the 1st main thing I was going to review is Dotty the Hen from Chococo, based in Purbeck, Dorset, Chococo are a husband & wife led business that produce not only ethical chocolates but also those of the finest quality using mainly Superiror Carenero beans to make their chocolate that are found just east of Caracas in Venezuela, that provide a wonderful fruity, nutty flavour to the chocolate.
When I first saw Dotty the Hen obviously it was the look of her that first pulled me towards her, she was the perfect novelty Easter chocolate, beautifully wrapped, novel & on looking closer filled with mini eggs & covered with lovely colourful polka dots (that on later ingredient reading I found out were all coloured naturally!). However normally novelty chocolate like this looks good but tastes rubbish, but on reading about her I soon learnt differently, Dotty the Hen is made with 41% Venezuelan Carenero cocoa beans, this wasn't going to be your usual cheap novelty!
On the back of the packaging it shows what is stored inside the hen, a lovely array of milk chocolate mini eggs, I really hoped that trying to get her open wasn't going to be my usual Easter Egg disastor of chocolate flying everywhere and never being able to get 2 clean halves, thankfully Dotty separates perfectly, a small knife down the middle and she prised apart beautifully to reveal a selection of eggs that are actually fixed to Dotty inside so no rattling around yay!
Unfortunately Dotty's head was the first to go, along with a mini egg to sample, and oh wow, what beautiful chocolate this is, I'm sorry to say this but chocolate hen head certainly tasted good, the chocolate is so much nicer than the commercial rubbish you may find hanging around this Easter, it is so milky/creamy with slight nutty/fudgy notes with a slight hint of fruit coming through, reminiscent of Venezuelan beans. The melt in this chocolate is the best melt I have ever had, and upon doing some research it came to my attention that many others seem to thing that Venezuela seem to produce the best cocoa butter & this is so prevalent in this chocolate, the melt is so thick & almost chewy it lasts so long, it completely enrobes the mouth & seems to last an eternity..and when it is all done you have a nice little mini egg to pop into your mouth afterwards. Fantastic!
Taste - 8/10 - A lovely good quality chocolate, providing wonderful flavours & definately not over sweetened.
Texture - 9.4/10 - The best melt I have had in a chocolate so far, was amazing.
Apperance - 9.1/10 - Dotty is presented beautifull & not only is she easy to prise apart she is also really easy to put back together without the effort of stuffing loads of little pieces back into a bag.
Price - 8/10 - At £9.95 on the Chococo website this is pretty reasonable for this good quality chocolate, considering you might pay £7 for a cheap Cadbury's chocolate egg.
Overall - 8.7/10 - A wonderful start to Easter, perfect for kids who want something cute, or for people who enjoy good quality chocolate!
To take a look at Chococo make sure to check out their website at www.chococo.co.uk