It seems that summer really is on it's way, the weather recently has been beautiful and lots of chocolate shops are starting to launch their summer ranges of fresh fruity chocolates to cleanse and refresh the palate on these "hotter" days. A classic favourite seems to be that of the British heritage dessert, Eton Mess, consisting of crushed meringues, strawberries/raspberries and whipped and Gorvett and Stone's offering is certainly something to live up to!
Coated in Valrhona Ivory White Chocolate and filled with a fruity raspberry ganache/crunchy meringues and topped with a freeze dried raspberry these little beauties were presented in a wonderfuly dark blue rectangular box that looked every bit as special on opening as it did from the exterior. Inside you will find 2 layers of 6 chocolates peeping out from you inside the box, they don't look particularly substantial chocolates, but I think this is often more appropriate with white chocolates where often if they are too big they can become overpowering and sickly.
However these little bitesize treats certainly aren't small on flavour, they are both wonderfully creamy and fruity at the same time, with gorgeous tangs of fruity raspberry complementing the creamy Ivory white chocolate perfectly; thankfully these don't taste artificial or sickly whatsoever and have strong fruity flavours that just melt away in the mouth before offering a nice crunch that is added by the meringue pieces that are lurking inside and the freeze dried raspberry atop that offers a final tang on finishing the chocolate.
The texture in itself is extremely smooth, I would say slightly lighter than a lot of ganaches I have tried and certainly not as dense as Hotel Chocolat's version; to be honest I couldn't say which I prefer, both are different but equally as excellent; however this version from Gorvett & Stone is probably more one that you could sit back, relax and just let melt away in your mouth . It's not often I find a white chocolate that pleases me, especially when paired with fruity flavours some just come across extremely artificial or ladened with sugar, but this was certainly one that just kept me coming back for me! With them being so bitesize it is easy to knock back a fair few without getting too sick of these, they are so fresh & so delicious and the perfect summer chocolate to refresh, sweeten & please your taste buds!
Taste - 8.6/10 - Really enjoyed these, the quality of the Valrhona comes through excellently, offering a white chocolate that isn't overly sweet, that is paired with a gorgeous fresh fruity raspberry ganache.
Texture - 8.6/10 - The ganache is wonderfully light, creamy and smooth with a nice contrasting crunch added from the freeze dried raspberry and the meringue pieces.
Appearance - 8/10 - Packaged in a lovely small box, look pretty and are a wonderful bitesize treat size.
Price - 7/10 - These are priced at £8.95 a box which is relatively expensive but they are coated with Valrhona.
Overall - 8/10 - These were absolutely gorgeous chocolates & it takes a lot out of a white chocolate for me to say this, fruity, creamy & over all a real treat to eat!
You can have a look at Gorvett & Stone at www.gorvettandstone.com