“ Brand: Cocopia „
Fortunately the higher-end-chocolate company Cocopia seems to have changed its brand 'look' since the slightly unfortunate picture (masked bare-shouldered woman with red feather head-dress) that was chosen to accompany their product on this dooyoo page was selected; I think the current packaging for their chocolates is very attractive.
I was given a 90g box of Cocopia's 'Raspberry bombe' Luxury / Artisan Chocolates (currently selling for £2.99 at Tescos). This amounts to six large and very attractive heart-shaped chocolates in a dinky little (and extremely sturdy) flattish, hot-pink-and-black coloured cardboard box. (The little box is so robust in fact that my young daughter's put in a claim on it as a home for part of her Go Gos collection; if you don't already know, you're better off not knowing what Go Gos are, except to say that quite a lot of them would fit into a little ex-Cocopia chocolate box).
The chocolates are each about an inch and a half across - so bigger than your average selection-box option. The variety I've got are six all the same: they have a very thick milk chocolate shell surrounding a liquid, raspberry-flavoured caramel inner. The chocolates in a minor way are beautiful little things: each is sort of 'sculpted' so it's got attractively rounded / smooth edges, and sprinkled on top of each are little nuggets of bright red, freeze-dried raspberry: they really are pretty as anything.
The milk chocolate to eat is very smooth and tasty, and it's so thick that it's nice and chunky to bite through. The liquid caramel has a good texture too, and there's not too much of it, but unfortunately the only slight downside is the raspberry taste that's been added - which seems a bit synthetic to me; the caramel is sweet with no sour taste as you'd expect from a real raspberry so the raspberry-flavoured caramel becomes a bit weird to eat. Maybe it would've been an idea for them to have incorporated maybe some of the freeze-dried fruit in the caramel too, to improve the flavour.
I find it quite possible to still enjoy the chocolates even though the raspberry-flavoured caramel isn't quite to my taste. The appearance - and dare I say, attractive packaging of the product more than makes up for that.
I recently celebrated my birthday the number of years will however remain undisclosed. I received some really super treats (well I am worth it after all!!!). Included was a very smart box of choccies. I had seen them before in Tesco and had bypassed them deliberately on numerous occasions due to the fact that I knew that I would show little self-restraint in eating the entire box in one sitting. The name of the product is Cocopia Luxury Artisan Chocolates. The particular brand Raspberry Caramel Bombe. Unfortunately I am unable to disclose the exact price of the items as they were a gift. However if memory serves me correctly they are around the £4 mark for a box of 6 chocolates. Perhaps then for some a little bit on the expensive side.
These luxury chocolates come packaged in an extremely funky shocking pink glossy box measuring roughly 30cm x 15cm. There is a picture of one of the delicious looking chocolates on the front. The outer lid sports the Cocopia logo and states the particular name of the product. (This box contains a single version of a wide range of different flavours of chocolates available from the same manufacturer). The back of the box states the product contents and gives details of the product guarantee.
When you open up the box you are greeted with the delicious aroma of raspberry and luscious milk chocolate. There are six heart shaped chocolates contained within each box wrapped in individual paper cases. The chocolates are quite a substantial size with each one containing around two generous sized bites. They look utterly delicious milk chocolate with little raspberry shavings on the top of each one. The description given by the manufacturer is that the product contains creamy, sticky raspberry flavoured caramel encased in a heart shaped milk chocolate shell, covered in milk chocolate and finished with freeze dried raspberry pieces.
The Taste Test
What can I say raspberries and chocolate are two of my favourite flavours so I may be slightly biased in these chocolates favour. They truly are absolutely delicious. The caramel has a wonderful texture and encased in double milk chocolate is just my idea of heaven. The little raspberry shavings on the top of each heart has a very slightly bitter taste which compliments the overall product extremely well. I will be honest and say that I ate two one after the other however realised that they were a little bit sickly. On this occasion I had some left over for another day not like me at all really!!!! Utterly delicious however possibly a little bit rich for my liking.
These chocolates can be picked up in your local Tesco store and come with a full money back guarantee. Hence if you are not completely satisfied with the product you just contact them and they will do all they can to put any issues right. The product is suitable for vegetarians however may also contain traces of nut and wheat so may not be suitable for everyone. In addition the product contains milk, soya and wheat.
Generally these are wonderful chocolates and I would recommend them to all choccie lovers like myself. They do work out quite expensive so I would suggest a treat item only as there are other similar products out there that are more cost effective. I will certainly be purchasing these again and would highly recommend them to others.
I did a favour at work for a colleague and came back to find a thank you note on my desk alongside a small box of chocolates I'd never seen before. Lucky me!
My box contained nine chocolates so made a nice perfect square in a bright and refreshing mid-purple colour (not the regal deep type normally associated with chocolate). There are five different chocolates contained in this one, and they are illustrated on the front of the box, which is made from a stronger, glossier card than usual chocolate boxes. The packaging looks luxurious and yet fresh and modern. I pulled of the lid to find a tissue paper covering the chocolates and secured with a Cocopia sticker which was a nice touch to give a classy feel I thought. The descriptions of the chocolates are printed on the bottom of the box, so remember to keep the lid on when you turn it over!
There are five different chocolates in this box, two of each except for the middle one, a heart shape with raspberry coloured sprinkles which I took to be the pièce de resistance. Each chocolate has its own mini paper case.
Crème Brulee -
This is a round chocolate filled with a creamy flavoured truffle, covered first in white chocolate then in milk, topped with a 'praline disc' - just like the burnt crust of a real crème brulee - with a drizzle of white chocolate on the top. Tastes beautiful, really sweet and creamy but manages to stop just short of being sickly and the crusty bit on the top is lovely and very crunchy - if you like crème brulees you'll love this!
Pot au Chocolate-
Another round chocolate, this time dark chocolate with an almost marble-effect drizzle of white chocolate. On biting into it I found that it was a rich dark chocolate creamy truffle, encased in a white almost fondant chocolate, then coated in the chocolate shell. Scraping out a bit of the dark chocolate from the middle with my teeth, the taste in my mouth reminded me of when I used to dip my fingers in the chocolate spread jar when I was little (oh OK then I still do it now!). This alone would be a bit too rich and heavy but the white chocolate part is very light and offsets this richness beautifully. There is a nice contrast between the solid outer case and the smooth creamy centre too.
Pistachio Mousse -
This choccie is more oval in shape, dark chocolate base, topped with a very smooth, shiny even, white chocolate and drizzled with dark chocolate. Biting into it reveals that familiar pale green pistachio colour - not the most appetising colour to see in a chocolate, but as I love pistachio I decided to let them off. I really wanted to like this one but to be honest I found that the abundance of white chocolate alongside the pistachio truffle a little bit too much and a found it was a bit sickly.
Black Forest Gateau -
This is the last one I tried as I don't really like Back Forest Gateau itself. It was my favourite of these chocolates though! It's a square shaped dark chocolate with white chocolate shavings, which you bite into to find a cherry flavoured truffle centre which just tastes divine. No pieces of real cherry like I was expecting/not looking forward to, just lovely smooth delicious truffle.
Raspberry Caramel Bombe -
But what of the piece de resistance? Unfortunately my boyfriend waded in and scoffed it. You've eaten the best one!" I cried aghast "It was awful" came the reply, "Like eating pot pourri!" - so there you have it. For a more balanced and informative description, this is what it says on the box: "Creamy, sticky, raspberry flavoured caramel encased in a heart shaped milk chocolate shell, covered with milk chocolate and finished with freeze dried raspberry pieces."
The Boring Bit: This box contains milk, soya and wheat; pistachio nuts, hazelnuts and possible traces of other nuts. Suitable for vegetarians. I have seen this box on sale for about £4.
And here's the shocker: on looking more closely at the box for a bit of nutrition information, I found that these new, modern, luxury chocolates are actually a Tesco own brand! I'd been on the dedicated website and everything and hadn't had a clue! I think giving someone these chocolates as a pressie definitely looks better than even a box of Tesco Finest, and I doubt many people would look so closely at the box anyway- I only did so for the purposes of this review.