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.
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.
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.
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.