Oooh - look what we received by courier the other day from the sister of my friend for whom I was bridesmaid a few weeks ago! She wanted to thank my mum and I for hosting the hen's party at our house. This is in addition to the huge box of roses, pot pourri, essential oils and chocolate we received earlier from the bride and her mum as thanks! Feeling very spoiled now.
Max Brenner is a chocolate 'magnate' from Israel who has set up chocolate concept stores in Australia, UK and South-East Asia. Not just places to buy chocolates, they are also cafes that sell a wide range of Kosher hot chocolates and chocolate desserts. It's very popular at the moment, however I've had two very underwhelming taste experiences when trying the hot chocolate there; the orchid oil hot chocolate seriously tasted bland like dish water, and was far too expensive for what it was. Tasted like the chocolate powder was sprinkled from the top of a tall building. And In my opnion, the Suckao is an effective gimmick and great for a date, but not quite worth the excitement or cost. I had never had tried the individual chocolates because they were so darn expensive, but the dense chocolate souffle is pretty damn good, I agree. My opinion; go to Koko Black in the Royal Arcade or Lygon St for your hot chocolate and best truffles in Melbourne fix instead.
But in any case, I'm always eager to try new chocolate, so I was very excited by a delivery of expensive chocolates to my doorstep. I'm more than happy to change my opinion of something, if it deserves it.
The verdict: very good. Brenner has just about redeemed himself to me. :-) My favourite, easily, is the Chicao: 75% dark chocolate pellets with Ecuadorian cocoa bits. Very dark and bitter, and I love the crunchy cocoa beans. Mum found these too bitter for her, so I have the tin to myself. She preferred the milk chocolate caramel and coconut cubes, which I found a little too sweet, so she took posession of that tin. Worked well, eh? We both loved the praline and milk chocolate coated pecan nuts - yum!
We haven't yet opened the block of 65% Venezuelan chocolate, but something tells me its dark bitterness is going to be more to my taste than mum's, but you never know..... :-)
So, even though we were more than happy to put in the effort for my friend's party, we are so grateful and excited to receive such a thoughtful present! Thanks so much!