A little while ago, I was fortunate to discover the Facebook page for Black Velvet Gold Chocolat, a boutique chocolatier handcrafting beautiful chocolates in Rosedale, Victoria. They were asking for feedback from vegans to see whether a vegan/dairy free range would be successful or popular, and to find out what flavours we wanted the most.
After much positive response, Ruth (the chocolatier herself) has released a vegan chocolate range! I emailed her enquiring as to whether I could order some to be sent to Sydney, as I won’t be visiting Victoria again until July. She was generous enough to send me a beautiful box of samples for review on Cat’s Kitchen.
Aren’t they just the prettiest chocolates you ever did see?
Whether you’re vegan, dairy intolerant, or just a lover of fine chocolate, these are divine. Handcrafted and made without any animal products, Ruth has taken great care to avoid any cross contamination during the making of the chocolates. With the help of another vegan chocolate lover, Ash and another non-vegan, we sampled marzipan, peppermint, coconut rough, walnut & coffee, rum & raisin, and creamy dreamy caramel truffles.
Each of us tried a caramel truffle. Easily the winner all-round, these glossy little chocolates snap temptingly to melt into a soft, gooey caramel centre.
A close second was the peppermint truffle. I’m not usually one for mint and chocolate, but these tasted just like a mint slice biscuit (which I am partial to). The delicate chocolate shell revealed a smooth, almost liquid, ganache centre.
The rum & raisin was my personal favourite – a fine shell, cracking into a soft, strongly rum-flavoured ganache centre, interspersed with pieces of raisin.
The other flavours were each delicious, fudgy almond marzipan, textured coconut rough, and smooth coffee ganache offset by crunchy walnut.
Until then, I am giving away one of the sample packets of chocolate truffles, which includes a gorgeous chocolate cameo jewellery box. To enter, tell me what your favourite chocolate is, or what flavour you wish has been made. I will draw a name a week from today (next Wednesday night), and contact the winner.