The influence of the French on our cooking crops up all over the place, not least in the English language. The meat is named in anglicized French – beef, veal, pork, mutton (from boeuf, veau, porc, mouton) while the beasts themselves hold on to their Anglo saxon names – cow, calf, pig, sheep. The French side of the language always seems to conjure up ideas of quality – a chef is so much more than a cook. Likewise with chocolatier – there really isn’t an equivalent in English. Chocolater sounds a bit like some sort of Ruratanian soldier. Chocolateer sounds even worse.
And the skill of one particular chocolatier is on show in this assortment of treats handmade in the south of France from Club Chocolat Français, which is a delight. The flavours in the selection box we received were strongly fruit based, and not reliant upon cream fillings, with a good mix of plain and milk (and a few white). This gives the selection a wonderful lightness of touch, avoiding the heavy, cloying feel that you sometimes get with a box of chocolates. We particularly like the fruit wafers; light, bright and lovely. The selection varies every month, so a chocolate by chocolate review seems unnecessary, but the speculoos chocolate does deserve a special mention; but, we do have a speculoos obsession!
Club Chocolat Français isn’t a subscription club: you only receive the chocolates you order. The selection does change each month though, so you can enjoy a whole variety of flavours ordered from and delivered home. For those who don’t have access to their own chocolatier, give them a go.
I can certainly recommend the current offer for an introductory box from Club Chocolate Français for £9.95 including delivery. Well worth a try!
Fuss Free Flavours received a complimentary box of chocolates. We were not obliged to write any review, positive or not. Thank you to Club Chocolat Français for the chocolates.