It’s time for another Highland foodie find, and this time we are heading all the way north to Caithness for some exquisite Caithness chocolates!
Regular readers might remember that last month I was invited to North Hop Aviemore and I had a great time sampling the après ski atmosphere on offer. As well as all the ale, cider, spirits and street food on offer, a couple of market stalls also set up shop. I was rather taken with these stunningly beautiful Caithness Chocolates, some of which are flavoured with spirits and ingredients from around Scotland!
This Caithness Honey chocolate had a luxurious golden lustre and a melt in the melt texture – a mouthful of this ganache had a subtle honeyed aftertaste.
As soon as this Dark Matter spiced rum (Scotland’s first and only rum distillery) chocolate was cracked open, there was a beautiful spicy aroma filling the air. I’m not a rum drinker but this taster was delicious and warming.
Third up: Isle of Skye seasalt praline. This dome of nutty milk chocolate had a great texture (I hate the word gritty but I can’t think of another suitable word!)
One of my eventual favourites was up next – Lemon Crowdie Cheesecake. Crowdie is a Scottish cream cheese. These paint-splattered like dome really had a cheesecake like texture to it. Zesty, light – so good!
This dark chocolate lime truffle was tasty too. I do like a good citrus tang to chocolate and this didn’t disappoint!
I think you could be forgiven for thinking this chocolate looked like some kind of planet, but it’s filled with a most delicious smooth passionfruit filling. This Caithness chocolate won a Great Taste Award in 2016 from the Guild of Fine Food (so I’m in good company in highly rating this chocolate!)
Prosecco wouldn’t be my first choice of tipple, but I was more than happy to try this pretty white chocolate cube. However, gin is a whole different story and I really loved the last chocolate in the box. Resembling a pearl in an oyster shell, this Rock Rose gin chocolate was another Great Taste Award winner for Caithness Chocolates! Along with the passionfruit and the lemon crowdie chocolates, this made up my top 3 out of the chocolates I tried.
I purchased this product at my own cost and was not obliged to write a review.