Antoine Amrani Chocolates. These are preservative-free chocolates, so if you decide to order or buy some yourself, remember that you should consume them within three weeks for the best quality. The entire collection is labeled "Organic," yet some of the individual varieties are also labeled "organic." The ingredients are listed for the entire collection and include the potential allergens dairy, wheat, nuts, and eggs.
"signature flavors" offered at Antoine Amrani, and I have one or two of each of these flavors to share with you today. So go get some water, and settle down for a long and full sensory review with some more photos to help you decide if these might be something you want to check out on your own. Some of them, as you can see, are imprinted with edible dyes, while others are fully colored with more edible dyes, and others differ only in shape and decoration. The little guide booklet that came with the box is good, but I find the online link I gave you is even better.
The next piece is the "Organic Coconut Kaffir Lime," which our Chocolate Coconut Acolyte reports: "This piece measures 1.5” by 1” by 0.5” The dark swirling pattern is visually appealing making this almost too pretty to eat. But I will make the sacrifice for the Cult. The scent is predominantly coconut, with a bit of chocolate. There’s another scent too but not one I can identify and might be the lime. The first bite reveals a “wet coconut” filling (think Mounds bar). My teeth silently sink through both the chocolate and the filling and in just moments the chocolate begins to melt in my fingers. I let the second bite slowly dissolve on my tongue and taste sweet coconut, good dark chocolate and that mystery ingredient. I’m more convinced now that it’s the lime as it has a certain bite to it. And the filling, while not green by any means, is not as white as I would expect a plain wet coconut filling to be. The lime scent is slightly more pronounced once the filling is exposed but it’s still not overwhelming. It is, however, different than anything I can recall having before. And while it’s not something I think I’d like every day, it is a very nice change from the usual chocolate coconut confections of this variety."
The coffee flavors have raised dots and lines connecting them together on the top. The "Duo Cafe" is plain dark chocolate and has La Colombe coffee in it. The dark maroon "Coffee Sour Cherry" has the same coffee, but with a Grand Marnier soaked cherry that has been de-pitted by hand. The first has a nice coffee and chocolate scent, while the second really has just a light cocoa essence. Both measure 1.25 inches across and rise to 0.75 inches high. The maroon half-globe is much slicker to my fingertips than the "Duo Cafe," which probably reflects an edible ink. Both have a semi-soft center and make a snap when I bite through their thick ganache coating. The "Duo Cafe" has a strong, dark coffee flavor that is the first and last flavor I sense; the chocolate essence pops up in the middle of my chewing. The sour cherry does temper the coffee in the second piece, but overall the coffee wins out in the flavor combination of both varieties.
As an overall retrospective, I would say that most of these varieties were solid and blended well, but only the "Pure Dark" had that buzz we often search for. Most of these, though, were unique and delivered the promise of their titles, so we here in The Chocolate Cult are pleased by the selection. If this 17-piece Classic selection sounds good to you, you should check it out. They also offer larger 34- and 68-piece gift boxes as well as smaller 9-, 6-, and 4-piece selections. They ship from their online store throughout North America and are available in retail locations as well along the East Coast and Georgia.
Sisters and Brothers, may you, too, take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.