A Symphony Of The Savoury And The Sweet Savoury Chocolate Collection Brings A Surprise Of Garden Greens
Sunshine in the summer, green gardens… everything ‘metropolitan’ is going natural this season with city folks responding to their environments by growing their own vegetables and fruits, from the country side to rooftops of office blocks.
“At La Maison du Chocolat, another green movement is at play, and we have the ultimate, crafted blend of the sweet and the savoury for you with our exquisite chocolates highlighted with unique vegetable flavours,” says Master Chef Nicolas Cloiseau.
And what a whimsical vegetable garden Nicolas has planted in the chocolate kitchens of La Maison du Chocolat! Turning the tables on chocolate-making, the master chef is serving an array of savoury chocolates paired with flavours extracted from vegetables. Uncovering a new direction and creating a menu of unexpected possibilities, five savouries – red pepper, porcini, spring onion, olive and Guérande salt – star in the chef’s carte du jour of five new creations, celebrating a surprising viewpoint of chocolate.
Unbound by seasonal festivities and traditions, the new Savoury Chocolate Collection by La Maison du Chocolat has Master Chef Nicolas Cloiseau unearthing a terrain of flavours usually associated with savoury dishes. Infused into the chocolate creations are the full-bodied essence of pepper, the sultry characteristics of porcini, the sweet side of spring onion enhanced with balsamic vinegar, or completed with the crystalline notes of Guérande salt.
Mushrooms, leaves and humus, all spring to life in the lightly salted slivers of dried porcini in this luscious hazelnut praline with butter-like silky texture, revealing dynamic woody notes.
The creamy notes of the chocolate prolong the sweet and sour notes of spring onions infused in the milk ganache cream. The balsamic vinegar caramelises the delicate slivers of fig and prolongs even more the duo sensation.
A gentle introduction to the enticing sweetness of red pepper compote along with dark ganache. The salty rush of Guérande salt allows the nuances of chocolate and red pepper with a kick of Espelette pepper to fully express themselves at the finish.
Slivers of fresh black Béruguettes olives, picked at the end of the harvest, are featured in this crispy almond-hazelnut praline. The delicacy of praline and the freshness of olives showcase a perfect marriage in impeccable harmony.
The alchemy of chocolate paired with Guérande salt is simply irresistible. The crystalline notes of Guérande salt reinforcing the flavours of the robust dark ganache, giving a subtle yet intense finishing on the Collection.
Whether it is rush of the startling crisp notes of the salt, or the dark and milk chocolates building intensity into a palate of complex taste sensations,Savoury Chocolate Collection evokes delightful sensations that transgress the ordinary. Freeing chocolates from the domain of desserts, Master Chef Nicolas Cloiseau brings the art of chocolate to the ranks of gastronomy and to centre stage, taking our palates to new horizons, and away from the usual comfort zones.
The Savoury Chocolate Collection, packed exclusively in yellow gift box, will be part of the on-going collection, available at La Maison du Chocolat boutiques in Hong Kong. The 15 piece-gift box is priced at HK$250.