Rarely one to say no to chocolate, especially to chocolate that promises to be of a particularly good quality, I was looking forward to receiving a review box from Club Chocolat Français.
Club Chocolat Français is a family owned business in the South West of France producing handmade chocolates. Ingredients are sourced as locally as possible and the chocolate comes from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms in countries from Ecuador to Ghana. New to the English market they have recently launched a UK website. Their intention seems to be to run the club along similar lines to Hotel Chocolat. In this case a monthly box of 34 chocolates are sent out to members along with an invitation to submit tasting notes and suggestions to help inform future products.
Thankfully, I was not disappointed by the quality of the chocolates; pure cocoa butter and no artificial additives here. They tasted of real ingredients and had satisfyingly nutty and fruity flavours. Although the majority were pralines of one sort or another, they were all quite different. There were also a few fruit purees, including strawberry and passionfruit with the raspberry covered in dark chocolate being my absolute favourite. I often find pralines way too sweet, but being French, these chocolates were just the right side of sweet. The textures were varied and made for an interesting mouth experience - some were smooth, some soft, some contained what I took to be feuillitine and others had small nut pieces contained within or on top.