I love chocolate what can I say it’s fabulous, but I don’t like all chocolate. I know, crazy right! Let me explain. When you purchase some types of chocolate the quality of the ingredients are not always to the level they should be. Some companies attempt to cut costs by substituting what should be good quality ingredients which would make a fabulously delicious chocolate for cheaper inferior ingredients thus increasing their profits but creating a product which is in some instances not fit for consumption in my opinion. Yes I am a harsh critic in some respects but good quality products should be enjoyed by all so when I find good quality products the foodie in me can’t help but tell everyone. I appreciate some might not agree but then we are all unique and have different tastes and have also experienced different quality products. In many an instance I am finding that some of the most fabulously delicious chocolates are best purchased online. One such chocolate is that which you will find over at the Cocoba website. They believe in creating great quality chocolate products and search the globe for the highest quality cocoa beans and best tasting chocolate (how amazing does that sound!!!!).
Cocoba opened their first cafe in Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent in 2014 and there you can enjoy their own Cocoba coffee blend, loose leaf teas, and iced drinks, along with their selection of freshly made baguettes, sandwiches, soups, paninis and salads, delicious pastries, cakes, slices, or one of their 100 chocolate products including chocolate bars (all made in store), truffles, pralines and more. Is your mouth watering yet?
Cocoba’s hot chocolates are made from real Belgian chocolate that is slowly melted. For those that can’t get to their store fear not, you can also recreate the experience at home, using their Signature Hot Chocolate flakes, or Hot Chocolate Spoons.
I really need to get myself to their store sometime because they also have a selection of Cocoba signature desserts, including a chocolate pizza, a brand new Chocolate Waffle menu, and warm chocolate cookie dough with ice-cream, plus an ice-cream and frozen yoghurt station with over 16 toppings to choose from!
It really does sound like my idea of heaven. But again not everyone will get the chance to try these if they are not located close enough to get there but fear not these guys also make some of the most deliciously divine chocolate you could ever try and these and many more products can be found over on their site https://www.cocobachocolate.com/ . There you will find products including drinking chocolate, chocolate spoons, chocolate bars, truffles, tea, flavoured syrup and more. There is even a Chocolate Collection Box monthly subscription that costs £19.95 for a month, less then many of us chocoholics spend on chocolate and containing some scrummy treats.
The Chocolate Collection box monthly subscription contains:
A selection of truffles and pralines
Handmade chocolate bars
Decadent drinking chocolate
There are 3 of these boxes available at the moment; the Cocoba collection box, milk chocolate collection box and the dark chocolate collection box. There is also a hot chocolate spoon subscription box which is going to help see many of us through the winter months and I am sure it is amazing.
Subscriptions are available for 1,3,6 or 12 months.
I was sent one of the chocolate box subscriptions to try and here is how I got on.
What was in my box:
A guide clearly labelling each type of chocolate.
Assorted Truffles & Pralines x 2 different types
Pack 1 (contains 3 types)
A lovely milk chocolate with a gorgeous smooth caramel centre.
A yummy thick melt in the mouth dark chocolate ganache encased in a gorgeous rich dark chocolate. Coffee lovers beware one bite and you’ll be hooked.
Tipsy Run Truffle
Chocolate, cream and rum are combined to create a divine ganache which is enrobed in dark chocolate. I do love adding rum to alcohol as it works very well and this is a great example of how it should be done.
Pack 2 (contains 3 types)
This comprises of a delicious walnut praline in a lovely thick milk chocolate coating. Not a chocolate that you will come across often but one that you will simply adore.
What can I say I do love marzipan and these guys really do it justice. The addition of the chocolate is the cherry on the cake, yum!
There were two of these in the pack but interestingly the both vanished. I suspect my girls may have had something to do with that when I went to answer the phone. The moral of the story, don’t leave chocolate unattended at my house there are lots of little and also big hands that will snatch it up before you realise its gone.
Extra Smooth Milk Chocolate (small bar)
Mr Squishy got wind that there was chocolate and found that this bar was just the right size for him, he grabbed it and hid under the table and didn’t come out until it had gone. The only tale tale signs were that his hands, face and top had a good coating of chocolate, somehow it even made it into his hair too. Anyone for a chocolate coated toddler?
Salted Toffee Truffles
Dusted with cocoa for a touch more flavour and because it looks pretty, these smooth, thick, creamy, velvety truffles melt slowly on the tongue. You will be in heaven when you eat these with the contrasting texture of crunchy toffee pieces and the addition of the sea salt. It is hardly surprising this is their best selling product, the truffles are wonderful.
Milk Chocolate Spoon
This has been hidden for me to enjoy over Christmas, ssssshhhhh don’t tell anyone or my little troop of chocoholics will hunt it down and eat it off the wooden spoon.
Mint Crunch Dark Chocolate (bar)
This is a 71% dark chocolate (nice and rich) which has been infused with organic peppermint oil and also has a sprinkling of mint crunch. If you love good dark chocolate and mint you will love this bar, it’s simply exquisite.
Caramel Sea Salt Milk Chocolate (bar)
This yummy silky smooth caramel is sprinkled with sea salt to give a delicious contrast between salty and sweet. I was lucky to get a piece of this. I am strongly considering hiding my chocolate review products in someone else’s house although I’m not sure who I can trust to look after it and not eat it lol.
44% Venezuela Origin Chocolate
This is a lovely simple chocolate button like no other, the rich creamy chocolate melts gently on the tongue. This isn’t bulked up with rubbish instead it contains a whole 44% of cocoa solids unlike many inferior quality products. Those that haven’t had the opportunity to experience this quality of chocolate before may mistake the flavour of this for dark chocolate.
The expiry dates on the items included in the box varied from 4 months 15 months although whether such a subscription box will last in my house for more than a few days is questionable with the number of chocoholics here. It’s crazy I actually have to hide chocolate and hope no one finds it. Even chocolate gifts for others are not safe which can at times be a nuisance. My husband is the worst of all having eaten gifts I have bought and with me discovering last minute it can be very frustrating. The chocolate as you saw was nicely presented with simple, clearly labelled packaging. There is a fair amount of chocolate in the box that should keep most happy for a fair few weeks depending on their rate of chocolate consumption and of course the number of chocoholics living in the household. As this chocolate is of a higher quality you might find that your craving is satisfied far quicker and you don’t need to consume quite so much I know I do. That’s the beauty of having better quality items your weight increase is far less (yaaaaayyyy) and also the health benefit is greater. Don’t forget chocolate contains antioxidants which as we all know causes ageing and various ailments, it also triggers the release of endorphins making you feel good. There are numerous benefits of eating chocolate but of course the quality of the chocolate will influence this greatly, stick to good quality and you can’t go wrong. The products are well priced, I did look at a leading competition and these guys charge less so keep that in mind next time you are looking to buy chocolate for yourself or as a gift.
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