Tuesday, 30 November 2010

November 30th: Berry Scrumptious Mulled Berry Chocolate

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Today we have the ChocolateMission debut for a company called Berry Scrumptious. According to their website 'Berry Scrumptious is the brain child of husband and wife team Claire and Ross Rennie', and their 'small, innovative' company hails from a family farm based in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Berry Scrumptious produce a whole host of different confectionery products, all of which are based around their famous berries that they grow on this very farm. Out of the blue, last week I was contacted by Claire, who offered me the chance to try their new Mulled Berry Chocolate. What with Christmas coming up, I simply couldn't turn down this fantastic opportunity - for further detail on Berry Scrumptious you can see their website HERE.

For the purpose of this review, Claire sent along an 85.0g packet of this Mulled Berry chocolate, which served me and a friend well for a satisfying afternoon snack. What with the small nature of their company, the simplicity of the cellophane packet was somewhat understandable, though the authentic design of the chocolate was a nice surprise. As you can see from the photo above, the chocolate was presented in what looked like shards of bark, and had visible red berry ingredients portioned nicely throughout. In terms of aromas the packet released a wonderful array of spiced fruit and chocolate scents when I opened it - it was the unmistakable smell of Christmas :D

Placing the chocolate on my tongue for the first time, any fears that the mulled berry flavour influence wouldn't be delivered vanished within seconds. From the outset the flavour journey created by this chocolate was nothing other than incredible, and the taste took twist and turns with almost every second. At the heart of every piece, a decent sweet creamy chocolate held the experience together, though it was hard to really pull out any definitive chocolatey flavours given the business of the other added elements. As I have said the taste was very interchangeable, but in most instances and mouthfuls it was the red berry and orange flavour influences that came through strongest. These fruity twists were compelling, 'real' tasting, and of course most importantly delicious - I guess that is what you would expect from farm fresh ingredients. Behind these fruity flavour twists, the notes of three different spices gave the chocolate warmth and it's distinct Christmas themed taste. I enjoyed the hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, but the suggestion of cloves in the aftertaste, whilst understandable in it's inclusion, was not to my own to my personal taste (it didn't bother my fellow tastee in the slightest!).

Overall this was an absolutely delicious chocolate that left me and my friend both well and truly satisfied and in a jolly festive mood :D The combination of the spices and the fruits were terrifically matched, with neither take precedence over each other or the chocolate. Whilst it wouldn't be fair to comment to much on the true quality of the base milk chocolate used, what I do feel comfortable lavishing in praise is the balance struck between the orange, raspberry, blueberry, cinnamon and nutmeg flavour influences. All of these were well portioned throughout all the pieces of in the packet, and together they created an epic, variable flavour journey that was immensely enjoyable. If you are looking for a special, unique chocolate to gift this Christmas then I suggest you take Berry Scrumptious in to your consideration - I would fully recommend this Mulled Berry Chocolate.

8.3 out of 10

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