Friday, 18 March 2016

Z Chocolat Traditional Chocolate Assortment

I like to think that I know a fair bit about chocolate - like, god knows that I eat enough of the stuff. I absolutely love dark chocolate, white chocolate, milk chocolate and everything in between. I've pretty much never come up against a chocolate that I didn't like and so, when Z Chocolat offered to send me out a box of their Traditional Chocolate Assortment I drooled my way into agreeing and waited desperately for them to arrive. Z Chocolat is a French company and all of their offerings are 100% made in France and, as such, you can bet your bottom dollar on the fact that these are far from Cadbury and Nestle offerings.

Now to be honest, when I was talking to Z Chocolat, I knew that they were high end but I'm not sure that I realistically knew just how high end we were really talking. The traditional boxes cost €39.02, so I'd say that's pushing it's way out of high end and bursting right into the realms of luxury - but realistically; is any chocolate worth that much? Well, I was anything but an unwilling guinea pig to test that exact theory out. The traditional box is pretty much a mix of everything, dark, white and milk chocolate and a various mixture of fillings - Katy doesn't like nuts or dark chocolate and so, unfortunately, I had to try most of them out. It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it.

What I like about the chocolates is the simple numbering system - it's basic, but I've never seen anything quite like it; each chocolate has a number printed onto the top of it which corresponds to the book which tells you the description of the book which means there's not need to debate over whether this is or isn't the picture of the sweet in the book. Similarly, I like that in this particular box there's 15 chocolates but no repeats which means I got to try out a lot of good chocolate. Out of all fifteen chocolates there was only one that I really disliked and that was the Chocolate Number 3 which was a coconut/caramel/passionfruit concoction which just wasn't up my alley.

That's the bad over with though; so what about the good offerings? All were pretty good, but I'd say standouts were Number 7, a pistachio praline offering, and Number 11, which is literally molten chocolate cake but condensed into a tiny chocolate. Outside of the chocolates - what's the good points? The packaging is amazing - the box is luxurious, the chocolates inside are folded into a beautiful envelope and they're all in a tiny bag with a book on the outside and an optional note. Literally everything about it screams luxury. Would I pay the €40? For myself, no, I just couldn't justify it - but it's definitely something I'd splash out on for my mum if it was a really special occasion.

Expensive, undoubtedly - but also something really special. Have you ever tried Z Chocolat?

Sammy xo.
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