This story was first published on our Facebook page in 2018 as part of our ‘The 12 Days of Chocolate’ flavour story series. But I think the story of flavour creation is interesting to read all year round – so they are finding a second home on our new blog and website!
After visiting London and mooching around various
famous chocolatiers shops, in 1998 Richard knew he wanted to perfect a
chocolate truffle. Simplicity was the aim here. This stemmed from his obsession
with flavour. He wanted his Chocolate truffle to have the chocolate flavour he
liked personally. “I LOVE Chocolate!” he says, “and sometimes I just want to
enjoy a chocolate taste with no other flavours.”
He took a good quality dark chocolate, made a ganache and enrobed in the same dark chocolate. Using only three ingredients, it was a clean chocolate from start to finish. You can enjoy all the aromatics of the chocolate in a very pure way. Out of all the fabulous chocolates Richard has ever made this remains his favourite.
Dark chocolate marks easily so he chose to wrap this one in foil from day one and it is still always foiled, but the design of the foil changes sometimes. Also, as he foils them, he knows the person unwrapping them will see that chocolate just as he left it. Perfect in its simplicity.
The foil also gives interest when part of a box of different chocolates. There is a magic to unwrapping a chocolate to eat it as well. A memory from his childhood that he wanted to capture in his Christmas Boxes especially. As a kid he remembers most chocolate having foil as part of the packaging mix and seeing the chocolate for the first time emerging from the shiny glistening foil, smelling the chocolate for the first time, always gave him that wonderous moment that he wants to recreate for others.