Demarquette have a festive collection of chocolate available at the moment. I decided to treat myself with three from Christmas range, which included the Festive Chocolate Caramel Gift Box, Holly Leaves, and a Christmas Gift Selection. As always, they arrived quickly to my doorstop in a beautifully presented package.
When I ordered the Festive Chocolate Caramel Gift Box online, they came shown with a reindeer on the front of the box, with half sphere caramels inside. I personally would have preferred the caramels to have a more festive shape, rather than just it being the picture on the box.
The chocolates came in four flavours: Clementine, Spiced Apple, Cranberry, and Sea Salt. They all sounded excellent, but none of them lived up to my expectations.
The clementine and cranberry had a lovely liquid filling, but I felt the taste was just not there. I was wanting strong and sharp, but I got sweet and subtle.
The spiced apple and sea salt on the other hand, had the taste, but I did not like the texture. Instead of a gooey liquid caramel, this was a soft ganache. In both cases, what I expected to have been smooth was actually quite gritty. This of course may be due to the fact that Demarquette are one of very few chocolate companies that only use real ingredients rather than essential oils, so the grittiness probably was the texture of actual apple, real hand roasted spices and salt crystals. Nevertheless, it wasn’t to my taste.
Trying to get over my disappointment, I moved onto the Holly Leaves, which I am pleased to say looked like holly leaves. Very detailed and intricately painted in glossy colours, they were a visual masterpiece. These leaves were an assortment of very thin milk and dark chocolate. They were mild in flavour, but melted on the mouth.
The Christmas Gift Selection was described as containing a selection of sixteen flavoured ganache chocolates from the Demarquette classic range, which were presented in a festive box. I don't like how regular chocolates are sometimes branded as 'Christmas' because of the packaging, but I suppose it does work if you are giving them as gifts rather than for personal consumption.
Despite not being keen on the presentation, I know from previous experience that the classic range is superb. There are a vast range of interesting flavours, such as mint tea, armagnac, lemon, jasmine, Earl Grey and even a token Mulled Wine. Each a treat on the tongue.