Karen Waller, Rococo’s head chocolatier and her team have been making the most of the balmy months of summertime, bursting with beautiful British fruits and flowers with produce from the south and midlands. They got the first British cassis, a perfectly bitter Gin & Tonic, and a chewy caramel made with a light and fruity ale, brewed in South London. Add to this the intense, floral scent of elderflowers captured in jelly, and the tang of British-grown blackcurrants, and you have a refreshing quartet to take you through the Summer.
Blackcurrant & Cassis
Tangy blackcurrants grown in England, combined with a British first: a delicious cassis from White Heron in Herefordshire, blended with Brazilian dark chocolate to make a classic ganache.
The Perfect G & T
In their Bermondsey gin den, Little Bird serve up their ‘Perfect G&T’ with a big slice of pink grapefruit. They have endeavoured to recreate the experience, with a double layer of zesty pink grapefruit and Fevertree tonic jellies, topped with a juniper-infused Little Bird ganache.
Chewy Beer Caramel
A moreishly chewy and malty caramel, with the light mosaic and citra hop flavours of Gipsy Hill Brewery’s Hepcat IPA, coated in dark Valrhona chocolate. One definitely isn’t enough….
Elderflower & Chuckleberry
A delicate elderflower jelly boosted with Nottinghamshire’s Belvoir elderflower cordial and Chase’s Herefordshire Elderflower liqueur, topped with a beautiful purple ‘Chuckleberry’ ganache made with this unusual British-grown gooseberry X redcurrant.”
The Summer collection is available in Rococo stores and online any day now, in 12 and 4 choc boxes £17.95 and £6.50 and loose in store too at £14.20 per 100g.
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