My problem with Rococo Chocolates is that I spend far too much time trying to work out how they make them and not enough time savouring them. Take these Praline Quail’s Eggs for example. I was looking at them with awe because they’re so damn realistic and when I tried the one I just couldn’t stop popping them, somewhat like a pain-killer addict sat in front of a family-sized pack of Tamazapan!
Rococo make some hugely imaginative novelty chocolates such as the Jersey New Potatoes, the Traffic Jam and their wonderful hand-painted Easter eggs and I simply just can’t get enough of their chocolate art.
And these are perhaps my favourite of the selection so far. They look fantastic with their speckled shells and shiny gloss and I would actually tell you how many you’d get in a bag, but I’ve lost count of how many I’ve eaten now, so I’ll have to guess at around 18.
The texture is pretty damn good too. Having never tried to eat a quail’s egg shell I couldn’t tell what you what the experience is like, but this chocolate version does have a very crispy coating that crunches the whole way through the experience and which gives you a constant reminder of what you’re actually eating. Whilst the praline is soft and delicate and not at all like the very coarse praline filling of the real chocolate filled hen’s eggs I reviewed last year.
I would say the flavour is more appealing too with these ones. Rococo managed to keep the distinctive hazelnut flavour under control and let the sweetness do more of the talking. I’m also sure that the touch of salt in the mixture also makes them incredibly moreish too. I think I’m about half way down now. I better stop so others can enjoy them; even my dog is cocking her head in curiousness as I place the rest of them in the bag. I’m sure many others wouldn’t be sure if they were real or not, and that’s what makes them so fabulous.
I’ve had a stressful day with work so to sit back and relax in front of my favourite TV (Colombo) is a great way to unwind. I’m sure many of you would find them a great foil to trials and tribulations of a hard day’s work too. And even at £8.95 for the 200g they’re great value because of how fun and unusual they are. If you’ve not tried them already, make sure you do whilst you’ve got the chance!
- Taste: 80% – very addictive, sweet and delicious
- Texture: 85% – probably the best praline texture I’ve tried
- Appearance: 90% – they just looked fantastic
- Nutritional Information: 80% – there’s enough there
- Price: 80% – some may baulk at the price, but because they’re so unusual, they’re worth it
- Overall: 83% -I loved them and they’re going into my “only give to others if they’re really nice to me” pile