What’s on your “to do” list when you visit Melbourne? For me, shopping and eating top the list every time!
Periodically I need to break for a caffeine and sugar hit so I can truly give the credit cards the work out they need. If you too love an indulgent interlude with your shopping make sure you enter the KOKO Black competition at the bottom of the story.
I am not sure whether it was the intoxicating aroma of coffee of chocolate that led me into KOKO Black Doncaster, but this nose knows when to take a seat and indulge the senses.
The saying “like a child in a candy store” certainly applied to me whilst I selected the sweet treats which would accompany my coffee.
Mr GG was in awe of the honeycomb stack. It was available in dark and milk Chocolate and tasting samples were encouraged by the friendly chocolatier. Mr GG is a milk chocolate fan but I tend to like the dark chocolate when sampling a quality product. In this instance we both felt the dark was far superior to the milk chocolate.
After a few laps around the beautifully appointed store I had settled on a selection to sample with my coffee.
Both Mr GG and I enjoy white chocolate so I chose the Almond Praline w Roasted Caramelised Coconut. This little delicacy was encased in white chocolate. I knew Mr GG was unlikely to share so I had to ask for two of these.
Chocolate and Coffee is a marriage made in heaven. The perfect partnering of flavours. I was in raptures over the gorgeous chocolates we had chosen and the rich, smooth, strong coffee I was enjoying.
Another favourite was the mint chocolate.
Mint Chocolate Fondant:
A dark chocolate encasing the liquid mint, flowing fondant. So rich and delicious.
A rich buttery salted caramel in a dark chocolate and dusted with cocoa.
Rose water filling formed a soft sweet jelly in the centre. This Turkish delight was so musch sweeter and fragrant than the commercial varieties. The centre melted on contact with my mouth. Dark chocolate gave the perfect bittersweet finish
The gold embossed KOKO insignia made this chocolate look truly special. The dark chocolate concealed a rich raspberry centre which was sweet but with a lovely hint of tart. Absolutely lush!
The salted caramel was another treat. The flavour was similar to the liquid caramel version, but with more bite in the filling, still richly flavoured, with a lovely buttery texture and flavour.
The chocolate mousse chocolate contained a pillow of whipped and fluffy milk chocolate which was light airy. The milk chocolate centre matched the outer layer beautifully, giving a lovely chocolate, on chocolate experience. The contrast in this sweet being in the texture of the centre to the outside shell.
The honey comb in dark chocolate was our final chocolate frontier. After seeing the display of honeycomb as we arrived and trying some samples I knew we needed more! The bittersweet dark chocolate cut though the sweet honeycomb beautifully. The aroma was pure honey and the flavour was so fragrant and sweet like true honey nectar. I can honestly say that previously I have not experienced honeycomb which tastes just like honey.
Regular readers will know how important a good coffee is to me. So how was the coffee, I hear you asking? The coffee was lovely and strong, just as I requested, it had a silky rich creme.
I loved the milk chocolate flakes which were provided for dusting. I thought they were such a decadent and thoughtful inclusion.
Now it’s time for me to share the ultimate chocolate experience with one lucky reader!
KOKO Black and Gourmet Getaways are giving one lucky reader the opportunity to enjoy a Deluxe Dessert Degustation for two.
To enter simply tell me who the lucky person would be that accompanies you on this chocolate extravaganza, and which one of the KOKO Black Salons you will be visiting.
KOKO BlackShop 1086 Westfield Doncaster Shopping Centre, Level 2, 619 Doncaster Rd
Doncaster VIC 3018