On a chilly December evening, an exclusive group of Yelp Elites were warmly welcomed into beautiful Artisan du Chocolat for an intimate behind the scenes look (and taste) of one of London's finest chocolate makers.
While waiting for the tasting to begin, Elites warmed up with drinking chocolate made from real chocolate flakes in a variety of flavours and origins from mole
chili to white chocolate with matcha. Limited edition malted
chocolate went down a treat for first time event goers Joanna R & Rebecca O.
The Cocoa Pulp Bellini kicked off the event, a cocktail uniquely developed for this store by Nick Strangeway, one of London's cocktail gurus. Then began the tutored tasting of cocoa nibs, cocoa liquor and cocoa butter, as choxperts like Larissa D were schooled in the process from bean to bar, butter to bon-bon. Have we mentioned that Artisan du Chocolat is the only manufacturer in the UK to produce chocolate from unrefined cocoa liquor?
The chocogasm continued with, what else… more chocolate! This round featured various origin bars,
couture chocolates in whimsical flavours, truffles, the famous liquid salted caramels (loved by Elites and Gordon Ramsey alike) bursting with flavours like sage & thyme, lemongrass, pink and black pepper, and balsamico malpighi (yes, that's balsamic vinegar for those of you still paying attention!) and even the unusual tobacco chocolate, created for Heston
Bluementhal of the Fat Duck.
The night concluded with buzzing Elites sinking their teeth into champagne truffles and stocking up on stocking stuffers, proving that it is indeed ever so sweet to be Elite!
Craving a little more? Read the reviews on Yelp and sample the drool-worthy photos snapped by Kristian Leven. Endless thanks to our personal artisans du chocolat at the Notting Hill Artisan du Chocolat for an evening that will haunt our chocolatey dreams forever!