The Rococo Chocolatiers, headed by Karen Waller has continued their search around our Country for seasonal local ingredients. For the Autumn collection, they journeyed to the South West on an exploration of local produce and well-known favourites. Celebrating some of the best this region has to offer, evoking childhood memories of clotted cream and fudge and licking the salt spray from your lips, and grown-up moments of sunny afternoons with a glass of cider. The quartet is completed by contemporary offerings of rare Cornish-grown tea crafted into the chocolate equivalent of sitting down with a comforting cup of tea and biscuits, and Devon-grown chilli to spice you up as the nights draw in.
There’s a unique scent and flavour to West Country cider. The chocolatiers combined a Burrow Hill cider jelly, with a milk chocolate Ice Cider ganache which has the sweet, concentrated flavour of apples left on the trees past the first frosts, with a nod to the wine makers’ tradition: “vendange tardive”. First it’s fruity cider, then it mellows into unmistakable wood and smokey notes.
Cornish Tregothnan Tea and Biscuits
Cornwall is the only place in England to grow Camillia Sinesis commercially to make tea. The stunning Tregothnan Estate plucks its harvest and blends with classic Assam and Darjeeling. In the Rococo kitchen they have created a layered praline with Cornish spiced fairing biscuits and tea leaves, and a milk ganache infused with whole leaf Tregothanan tea.
South Devon Chilli
Karen and her team experimented with many different chillies – working with the South Devon Chilli Farm. In the end they chose three kinds: Paprika, Padron and Guajillo, for their blend of fruitiness and heat. They have developed a Chilli truffle that sneaks up on you then hits you with the perfect amount of punch.
Salted Clotted Cream Fudge
An unmistakable classic in a sophisticated guise. The chocolatiers blended the famous Rodda’s Cornish clotted cream into a butter fudge, and offset its sweetness with a fine coat of dark chocolate and a sprinkling of Cornish sea salt. One is just not enough – can I have another please?
The Autumn collection is available in Rococo stores and online in 12 and 4 choc boxes £17.95 and £6.50 at the end of next week to celebrate Chocolate Week, but if you can’t wait loose in store too at £14.20 per 100g, any day now.
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 black 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.
Guinness and Chocolate in a marshmallow – a brilliant mix from Karen Waller, chief chocolatier at Rococo Chocolates and her team for Father’s Day and to make his day even more special they have produced a new salty caramel cigar. Lucky Dad.
And the chocolate fairies at Rococo decided to pack them in a very special hamper together with a Rococo mug for Dad’s breakfast tea and we all know how good Dads are at helping with the washing up so we have included his very own tea-towel! Now there is no excuse. But as it is Fathers’ Day give him a hand.
The hamper retails at £40
The marshmallow evokes a classic Chocolate Guinness Cake, with a firm, moreish texture. Bag retails at £6.00
The Salted Caramel Cigar is a solid chocolate cigar, made from a unique blend of chocolates, and tiny shards of salted caramel, with crispy biscuit and rice. Cigar retails at £ 9.95
All are available at Rococo Shops and online from 25 May.
Having jetted around the world exploring exotic flavours last year, and with all the World Events, Rococo Chocolates has decided to celebrate what is close to home and is staying in the UK for 2017 and finding exciting local specialities, distinct flavours and seasonal ingredients – all the goodness the regions have to offer. The Spring Collection takes us to the North and Wales. The beauty of Wales brings gifts from nature with Pembrokeshire Sea Salt and a delicate Rosewater: the only one from welsh-grown roses. For the North, Karen Waller, head chocolatier and her team worked their magic on local classics, with Liquorice, Rhubarb, and a Bakewell Pudding. The selection is both beautiful and delicious.
Sea Salted Caramel
A dark, smoky caramel, with Halen Môn oak-smoked sea salt, decorated with spirulina to look like the crashing waves of the Welsh coast.
Rose of the Valleys
A traditional, soft fondant, flavoured with a hint of delicate ‘Petals of the Valley’ Rosa Damascena rosewater, distilled in copper stills in the Monmouthshire valleys.
Rhubarb & Liquorice
Paying tribute to Yorkshire, the chocolatiers combined the Liquorice of Pontefract Cake nostalgia with Rhubarb, in homage to the home of the Rhubarb Triangle.
Dark, Cherry jelly and Amaretto-laced marzipan come together to form a delicious, chocolate version of the Derbyshire classic.”
The Spring collection is available in Rococo stores and online anyday now, in 12 and 4 choc boxes £17.95 and £6.50 and loose in store too at £14.20 per 100g.