Doo doo doo hello! Remember I said I’d review some raw chocolate bars? Yay I’m on to my second raw choc review. This time it’s not technically a bar but raw choc truffles. These reviews are far too wide apart from each other for my liking…MORE CHOCOLATE reviews I say!
Anyway, today’s raw chocolate review is on the absolutely stunning Elvis & Lily Raw Chocolate range. Elvis and Lily, in case you are wondering, are the names of the raw chocolatier’s cats! How cool is that? Actually my cat Neeps ate some raw chocolate once. I was gutted! I just left it on the kitchen worksurface and she was straight in there whilst I was dancing on the stairs to Salt n Pepa. Cats eh? Anyway…
Sarah Duncan of Grassroots Organic shop in Glasgow is the creator of this wonderful super choc range and having sampled many of Sarah’s raw creations before (Grassroots are leading the way in Glasgow for raw food treats) I was completely assured her chocolate range would be of the highest quality.
I taste tested the Raspberry Rose flavour truffles. There’s something really decadent and complimentary about raspberries and chocolate that takes chocolate covered strawberries to a whole other dimension! These Elvis & Lily truffles are to my mind very reminiscent of Booja Booja raw chocolate raspberry truffles but bigger and with a much softer outside coating oh and not as chewy. The delicate rose and raspberry flavour is also not as obvious as in the Booja range, there were really subtle hints of raspberry which is far more preferable to an overpowering flavour which can be quite sickening after one too many raw chocolates. Especially if you have a tendency (like I do) to eat the whole damn box in one sitting.
Of course, if you’ve never had the pleasure of tasting a Booja Booja raw chocolate truffle then the above will mean absolutely nothing to you so I shall elaborate. The truffles are very soft in texture with a dreamy, very creamy, melt-in-your-mouth quality. They are delicately sweet and coated in a dusting of raw chocolate powder to add to the sheer indulgence. Sometimes this can be too much like you’ve got a mouthful of talc (my gran was mental for talcum powder) but Elvis & Lily truffles don’t overdo it. They literally have the perfect truffle texture, not too soft so you can still see your bite marks and not too hard that it crumbles. God, I almost sound like a professional don’t I? 🙂
They are also the perfect size, with other raw chocolate truffles you (I) can be left wondering where they all went.
I did finish them quite quickly because after I tasted a couple I kept going back to the fridge for one more…just a couple more…just ONE more and that’s it…oh, they’ve all gone. Cacaotastrophe!
These are really high quality chocs and I’d definitely recommend them. They’d make a fabulous gift for someone (hoping my husband is reading this…who am I kidding he never reads my blog. Rod – I chucked out one of your mangey t-shirts…see? he’ll never know. Unless one of you tell him!) Where the hell was I? Oh yes, they come in a huge range of different flavours. Here is info from the website (goes live tomorrow):
Incan berry – our first white truffle is soft and creamy with the extra energy boost from the Incan berry, which will curb any afternoon caffeine cravings.
Goji berry – the unrivaled king of the super berries with cacao nibs gives this creamy white truffle a completey unique tastyness.
Raspberry rose – freshly dried, the ground rose petals enhance the flavour of the cacao, whilst the raspberry makes this a totally unique bite.
Matcha peppermint – this truffle is the classic paring of mint with dark chocolate, which includes an anti-oxidant rich twist of bitter green tea. Aromatic and delightfully sweet.
Ancho chilli and lime – the opposing flavours of the savoury chilli and the sweetness of the lime creates a beautifully balanced truffle.
Mulberry and wild vanilla – an amalgamation of a tangy super berry and the wild taste of vanilla pods, for that hit of summer flavour.
Classic – this is a truffle without any limits, just the purest raw cacao.
Hemp seed – our classic truffle stuffed full of dynamic and amazing hemp seeds for a chocolate omega boost. Hemp was called the elixir of immortality by a Chinese Emperor in 2300 BC he was right on the money with this statement.
You can buy Elvis & Lily raw chocolate at the website www.elvisandlily.com (as of tomorrow) or Sarah’s Glasgow shop Grassroots on Woodlands Road in Glasgow and coming soon to Roots & Fruits in West End and Real Foods in Edinburgh.
They cost £5.95 for a box of six and a box of 12 is £11.90.
Elvis has left the building…
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/