Countdown to Christmas à la Rudolfina (Part 1)

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Every year I receive an advent calendar from WJT. With chocolate! This year it is from Artisan du Chocolat. It comes in the form of a reindeer, it’s wooden and painted in red. Each chocolate is enveloped in a little drawer marked in white with the number of the day. I am going to write weekly about the chocolate I will find.photo-3 As you can see from the picture, WJT made it a lady-reindeer by adding glamorous Christmas earrings! Her name is Rudolfina!

I have had it on my desk for a few days and yesterday the glorious day of the first of December finally came. The first box contained a special one, part of the “liquid salted caramels” category. Gerard Coleman (chocolatier at Artisan du Chocolat) invented this kind of chocolate in 2003 for Gordon Ramsay’s menu at Claridges: a sweet liquid caramel with a pinch of Noirmouties island’s grey salt, captured in a shell of dark chocolate. The pure untreated grey salt, harvester by hand from clay marshes medieval times, holds a wealth of minerals and trace elements that enrich its rich taste.

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The second chocolate was a candied citron peel covered with dark chocolate. The citron was quite spicy, much different from lemon, reminiscent of ginger.

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I would say that this was a good start to my advent calendar! I will tell you more about the other chocolates in one week time!

VO

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