Are you nuts about nuts? Many people are. In fact more nut chocolates are sold in the UK than any other type of flavoured chocolate. This month I have been playing with old favourites like almonds and hazelnuts, but also the more exotic pistachios and macadamias. Nuts take you to all corners of the globe, deep into ancient culinary traditions, and have the added benefit of being packed full of heart-healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. But let’s not forget the naturally occurring nutty notes in so many of the finest cacaos, they have their own magic.
IN YOUR LETTERBOX
10 x 50g chocolates:
3 x single estate dark bars:Pure Gold, 100% Sur del Lago cacao with smooth nutty notes; Las Trincheras 72 with nutty notes; Rio Caribe 72 with complex notes of nuts and coffee
2 x Flavoured dark bars: Almendra, dark chocolate with roasted almonds; Hazelnut Raisin
3 x chocolates naturally sweetened with fruit and nuts: Pistachio Date, Raisin Hazelnut, Orange Almond
2 Magnificent Creations special editions not found in any shop
– Arabian Nights. Baracoa 65 Dark Chocolate with Orange, Almond & Chilli. Oranges and almonds are a classic Mediterranean / Middle Eastern combination. They make one of my most favourite cakes. Here I have added a touch of chilli, just a touch… enough to bring the juiciness alive.
– Macadamia Rum Raisin. Rio Caribe 72 Dark Chocolate with Macadamia & Rum Raisin. In The Chocolate Factory I am endlessly experimenting. There are jars and jars of different fruits soaking in various alcohols. Here I have taken some rum raisins and dried them out just enough to get them into the chocolate with their best friends the sweet, buttery macadamias.
The Flavour Map and Tasting Notes explaining why I make the chocolates as I do.
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Perfect Ingredients. Perfect Flavours. Perfect Pleasure.