Chocolates, not diamonds, are a girl’s best friend. Well not on the hips and bum anyway, but definitely on the lips. I love chocolate and couldn’t resist buying the Jump On It deal for a chocolate hamper from Adora Handmade Chocolates which I had previously drooled over on Chocolate Suze’s blog.
The deal was $25 for $65 worth of chocolate goodness. The temptation was too much. But as I bought the deal right before Easter it took a little while for me to actually use it as I had so much chocolate lying around the house. But then the stash ran out and it was perfect timing for another chocolate hit. I dragged Dylan along – with the bribe of coffee – and headed down to Parramatta one Saturday morning. There’s nothing wrong with chocolate for breakfast now is there?
Jump On It Deal – $25.00 for a chocolate assortment box plus two hot chocolates or coffees (usually $65.00).
- 2 hot chocolates or coffees
- 120g of honeycomb in milk chocolate (we got 100g Orange sticks)
- 120g paillettes fruit and nut discs (we got 120gsm Turkish Delight)
- 60g Adora plain chocolate bar in white, milk or dark
- 2 hot chocolate sticks
- 20 individual chocolates
Hot chocolate and latte with caramel and grand marnier individual chocolates.
With a choice of hot chocolate or a coffee I naturally chose a hot chocolate while Dylan needed a caffeine fix and went with a coffee. The hot chocolate was insanely good, sweet, warm, chocolately – it made me very happy. The latte was average, but who goes to a chocolate store for coffee anyway?! Never mind I loved my chocolatey start to the day.
And even better we got to choose an individual chocolate to go with our drinks. I have a massive obsession with caramel at the moment so my choice was an obvious one. If you like caramel then you have to try these caramels – creamy milk chocolate and a burst of gooey rich burnt caramel. Amazing. Dylan’s choice of a liqueur chocolate is not my style but if you’re a grand marnier fan then this one is for you – a rich orange dark chocolate.
100g Orange sticks.
While we didn’t get 120g of honeycomb as the deal advertised the orange sticks were awesome. Dark chocolate and orange are one of those perfect matches, the bitterness of the chocolate working so well with the sweet caramelisation and acidity of the orange. These didn’t last very long at all.
120g Turkish Delight.
Turkish Delight is one of Dylan’s favourite chocolates, except he only likes Fry’s Turkish Delight (which is as fake as it gets). He’s not a fan of traditional Turkish Delight or any other varieties. So while this was a little too much for him I adored it, the creamy chocolate and punchy rose water jelly combining to make a scrumptious treat.
60g plain milk bar.
Plain chocolate is something I crave often and this little bar hit the spot. Adora milk chocolate is smooth, creamy and velvety. A gorgeous milk chocolate that I didn’t share with a soul. Oops.
2 hot chocolate sticks.
I love the idea of being able to take hot chocolate with you wherever you go that isn’t that powdered stuff. The milk chocolate stick was pretty good, I simply steamed some milk using the coffee machine and then stirred and stirred until the chocolate melted. It wasn’t as rich or sweet as the in-store version so I would use less milk next time to get that real big chocolate hit.
When it came to the dark hot chocolate stick I used less milk and oh it was good. Much richer and naturally a lot less sweet than the milk chocolate version. Definitely need to get myself a stash of these!
20 individual chocolates.
Dylan and I had a lot of fun tasting the individual chocolates, first of all working out which one was which and then cutting them all in half (we don’t like to miss out on anything). Adora included a handy flyer with illustrations and descriptions of each of their individual chocolates, so for the most part it was fairly easy to work out what was what.
The random selection of 20 chocolates gave us the opportunity to try lots of different flavours – some I would never normally think of trying. My favourites where the hazelnut cluster, vanilla almond, passionfruit truffle, ganache truffle and of course the caramel. Some of the more interesting flavours were the aniseed truffle, walnut marzipan and glazed ginger. I think you need to be a big fan of those strong flavours to enjoy their chocolate counterparts.
Additional individual chocolates.
I couldn’t resist buying another caramel and a few other goodies while I was at it. Nut splinters or clusters are always a winner for me and both the almond splinters and hazelnut clusters were gorgeous. Instead of getting two burnt caramels, I got one burnt caramel and one hard caramel which was a small mistake as the hard caramel had nothing on the gooey burnt caramel.
It didn’t take very long for me to fall in love with Adora chocolates and now I keep hinting at Dylan we need to go on another chocolate date. Hint hint.
Adora Handmade Chocolates
2B/103 George Street
Parramatta NSW 2150
(02) 9635 7737