On Monday I had the day off and took myself on a foodie trail through the stunningly grand architecture that Notting Hill offers. Just off the French haunt of Westbourne Grove is a treasure trove of a chocolate lover’s heaven… Melt Chocolates. And it’s contents are sure enough to make you melt, living up to the boutique’s name. Placed with the most intricate of care and individually wrapped for a clean finish, the chocolates twinkle at you from every angle. In the back there’s a very white chocolate factory (streamlined surfaces ready for individually made chocolates of all kinds) waiting to be smothered and splattered in silky smooth chocolate.
I wandered around in wonder and asked the poor sales assistant many a question before carefully making my selection, featured above. These choices were as follows:
Individually wrapped chocolate caramel: buttery caramel made from organic cream, butter sugar and 100% cocoa chocolate. A Meltaholics favourite, I found that these deliciously sweet caramels go superbly with a cup of tea and sea salt popcorn… Definitely worth a try!
Mango and Passion Fruit chocolate truffle: a filling of dark chocolate ganache which is cut through by a smooth passionfruit and mango layer and coated in luxurious dark chocolate topped off with a dash of gold. Reminded me of Pierre Hermé’s Mogador macaroon, available in Selfridges.
Candied Chocolate orange: candied orange coated in silky dark chocolate, one of the best I have tasted!
Red Peppercorn chocolate discs: thin milk chocolate discs embedded with red peppercorns that added a spicy kick to the sweet chocolate. Something a bit different and extremely moreish.
Dark Madagascar Single Origin Hot Chocolate cube: I am a huge fan so my standards are high when it comes to liquid forms of chocolate. This one is slowly melted into a pan of hot water or milk. I gave this to a friend as a present so I will have to wait until next time for the personal judgement!
Melt Popcorn Chocolate Bar: My mum bought me a bar of this for my birthday to my delight as I had seen the colourful clean cut packaging in Selfridges and it was rather out of my budget at the time! Caramelized kernels of fluffy popcorn are hidden away in a thick slab of silky milk chocolate, creating a crunchy sweet surprise when you come across one.
For places to snap up this true treasures, visit http://www.meltchocolates.com/ or pop in store at 59 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill.
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