Product Type: House of Dorchester Chocolate
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Dorset's Royal Collection
House of Dorchester Chocolates
Member Name: Praskipark
House of Dorchester Chocolates
Date: 18/09/08, updated on 18/09/08 (316 review reads)
Advantages: Elegant and stylish handcrafted chocolates.
Disadvantages: A couple of sickly fillings.
The House of Dorchester is a company based in the heart of Dorset and was created by a master chocolatier called Richard Ungaretti. By using the finest ingredients from home and abroad he was able to manufacture chocolates of an excellent standard with tantalising tastes. All the chocolates are hand finished as in his opinion this is the best way to create perfect chocolate with wonderful centres. Visually, these chocolates are elegant and stylish but most importantly the taste is innovative and exceeds all expectations.
In the early years the company concentrated only on making chocolates to sell in retail outlets and of course their own shop in Dorset but then one day a very astute marketing manager in the hotel business introduced Richard to the idea of becoming a label specialist not only for other specialist retailers but for the hotel, tourist and corporate sector. The idea was an instant success and they now work together with a large number of clients offering a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as the facility to print on a vast selection of products including gift boxes, individual chocolate bars and tins of chocolates.
Range wise it isn't as large as let's say, Thornton's but the range is quite impressive and to give you an idea what The House of Dorchester has to offer I will describe some of the products.
If you are a fan of dark chocolates then this 200gm box of assorted tantalising centres wrapped in 70% dark, smooth chocolate will have you drooling. Some of the mouth watering centres consist of soft whipped fondants which have been enhanced with fruit or nuts. Included in the assortment are pralines made from Italian roasted coffee paste, and we musn't forget those delicious truffles. These exquisite chocolates are presented in a black silky gift box.
This collection consists of three different flavours; Dessert, Mint and Coffee
If you love desserts like strawberry cheescake and lemon meringue then the Dessert Collection will suit you just fine. The Mint collection is as you would expect - cool, smooth, dark chocolate combined with a crisp minty filling. The coffee collection is for me a perfect combination - smooth, dark chocolate with a taste and aroma of brazillian coffee beans. Single coffee packs are also available and consist of Cappuccino, Espresso, Americano and Latte.
These collections are delightful and can be sold as bars if you want to indulge yourself or in gift boxes to share with a loved one or friend.
There are four flavours to choose from in this selection and each flavour is individual and apart from the mint collection I find a liitle too individual for my tastes.
Stem Ginger - which is crystallised stem ginger coated in dark chocolate. I think you will have to be a great fan of ginger to appreciate this flavour.
Rose and Violet Creme - Fondant creme enhanced with the delicate taste of rose water and violets and covered in 70% dark chocolate. It sounds very old fashioned and I think a strange combination and I have to say that I am not too fond of the taste as I find this too sickly.
Dessert Collection - here we have a combination of dark, milk and white chocolate with very sweet dessert fillings like lemon souffle, strawberry, tangerine and apple.
Mint Collection - This is my favourite flavour out of the quartet. I love the sharp and refreshing taste of peppermint which blends with the 70% dark chocolate but is also scrumptious with the milk and white chocolate covering.
If you boys out there want to indulge a certain lady then I recommend you buy a box of these irresistible and decadent chocolates. Hand crafted centres wrapped in silky, milk and pure white chocolate. They are very difficult to resist. Packaged in a beautiful silver box with a delicate ribbon tied around the centre, these chocolates are available in weights of 200, 300, 400 and 600gms.
Easter and Christmas are also catered for with The House of Dorchester. Their annual range consists of creative gifts in the shape of chocolate bunnies, chicks, santas and reindeer, and are available in chocolate and tinned confectionery.
Seven Deadly Sins
I have left this collection until last because I adore the marketing concept. When I first saw this box of chocolates advertised in a brochure I was intrigued mainly because of the title - Seven Deadly Sins. This is a famous painting by Hieronymus Bosch and when I was at school I was always fascinated with this particular piece of work. Mainly because of it's surreal qualities but I loved the fact that you could look at it a hundred times and always see something different in the painting. I've digressed a little here, I know, but the box of chocolates does have the same theme as the painting.
These chocolates from The House of Dorchester are so decadent and utterly irresistible. From lust to pride to envy these sins are worth committing. Each innocent looking chocolate is placed into its own coloured box to represent one of the deadly sins and then placed in a luxurious embossed gift box (like the picture at the top of the page).
Consisting of truffles and pralines combined with dark, milk and white chocolate these award winning delectable chocolates provide an amazing experience. The box contains 2 x 7 chocolates:
Anger - White chocolate praline
Gluttony - White chocolate lemon truffle
Greed - Milk Chocolate Maple Praline
Sloth - Milk Chocolate Praline
Lust - Dark Chocolate Praline
Envy - White Chocolate Apricot truffle
Pride - Milk Chocolate Coffee Truffle.
The price for this heavenly box of chocolates is £13.50 and can be bought on line from Ocado and the livinghub.com website. I think you would agree that this particular box of chocolates would make a special gift. The whole concept is so original.
The range of chocolates I have described above are not sold everywhere in the UK. There is a website illustrating the stockists with addresses and telephone numbers -http://www.hodchoc.com/chocolates/buy-chocolates. php
Some of the chocolates are produced using ingredients containing wheat and gluten.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit to the House of Dorchester. All chocolates are hand crafted and made from the finest ingredients and I think the special collections will delight the most discerning of chocolate lovers. Recommended.
Summary: Chocolates from The House of Dorchester