I was recently contacted by a company called Chocolat Chocolat based in Cambridge, that, through their website, you can become your very own master chocolatier/Willy Wonka and produce your very own chocolate bar, simply choose a chocolate base, add toppings and hey presto your unique creation is delivered to you through the post.
I must admit I did like the idea, but quite often with ideas like this comes poor quality chocolate, I am pleased to say though that this is not the case here, Chocolat Chocolat actually produce a range of delicious looking chocolate offerings with their create your own bar offering simply being the tip of the iceberg.
I was offered the chance to produce 3 bars - so I opted for one white chocolate base, one milk chocolate base and one caramel chocolate base; the cocoa percentages are actually really good in all of them, with the white chocolate boasting a decent 28% and the milk chocolate/caramel 34%. There's definitely good quality chocolate being used here; which is great to see!
So what did I opt for? I decided to have quite a bit of fun with my bars for my white chocolate bar I wanted strawberry chocolate balls, malt balls, fudge and mint chocolate flakes - sounds strange; ate deliciously. The chocolate bars are decent, thick, 100g bar size, packaged neatly in a card exterior, with details of what exactly your bar contains - you know in case you forgot!
For my caramel bar I went for brownie pieces, praline and feulletine - this was probably my favourite of all the bars I created, of course the toppings themselves were delicious but the actual caramel chocolate itself was amazing. Really creamy, rich and sweet with lovely caramel/toffee undertones. A real winner here.
Finally for my milk chocolate bar I opted for caramel chocolate buttons, cinnamon and dried apple pieces - a bit like a caramel apple pie chocolate bar. Again this was utterly delicious, the milk chocolate is of a great quality and had lovely rich cocoa flavours and a great smooth melt in the mouth. My only complaint here is that I probably would have liked the dried apple pieces/caramel buttons to have been slightly smaller so I could have had slightly more on the bar so that there was a bit in every piece I snapped off, but hey, that's only a minor complaint. It was still a great bar.
Ultimately though, it's not about what bars I chose, as everyone is going to opt for something different - the range of toppings is so vast, there are thousands of options you could go for with a base of 5 various chocolate varieties - white, caramel, milk , dark 55% or dark 70%. However you can at least be safe in the knowledge that the actual chocolate quallity is really good; something novel that tastes great which can also be customised to suit anyone's tastes. Perfect.
Taste - 8.4/10 - The quality of the chocolate is great, a lot better than I was expecting actually and the range of toppings is vast.\
Texture - 7.9/10 - Good thick chunky chocolate bars with a lovely smooth melt; my brownie pieces were a tad firmer than I would have liked and were more chewy as opposed to fudgy.
Appearance - 7.4/10 - Look great.
Price - 6.9/10 - At £5.95 for 100g bar these are a bit more pricey compared to what you might pay for similar cocoa percentage bars at the likes of Hotel Chocolat etc; I guess you're paying for the uniqueness of the bar and the interaction, which I think is fine as the actual quality of the chocolate itself is great.
Overall - 7.7/10 - A lovely interactive idea to be your very own chocolate creator.
WHERE TO BUY?Online at Chocolat Chocolat's website here.
WHO FOR?Would make a great gift, or if you just fancy treating yourself to some chocolate that you definitely know you're going to enjoy!