I first found out about Montezuma’s when visiting their Brighton shop a few years ago. Since then I have kept an eye out for their products as they have started to be stocked across other stores in England. What attracted me to their chocolate was their commitment to using ethically sourced, organic cocoa and milk and their excellent vegetarian and vegan range – making them a great gift option for myself and my veggie friends :)
Today, quite a few high end, organic, and even raw chocolate companies have come into play, however few offer the creative combinations that Montezuma’s dream up. This month’s box from them was no exception!
A lovely looking box
I’ll start by saying – its a lovely looking box – purely based on the sheer quantity of chocolate which is laid before you on opening it! :D The long, slim box is filled edge to edge with chocolatey goodness, while still managing to fit conveniently through the letterbox and arrive safely, with all of the chocolate intact.
The theme of this month’s box was “hello summer” and it included some fresh and fruity flavours…
The 37% Milk Chocolate is a light intro into the cocoa. This is a high quality bar, not too sweet, but nice and creamy with a caramel taste.
The Dark Chocolate Orange Truffles were quite a contrast to this. These were very strong cocoa flavour, with a thick dark chocolate coating and a smooth but intense dark chocolate orange filling.
My boyfriend kindly helped with the tasting for this box – and as a dark chocolate fan – these were his favourite. I thought they were really nice – and would buy a box of these as after dinner chocolates, (or maybe for my boyfriend if he’s lucky!).
Next up – their Raisins and Hazelnuts bar “The Monty’s spin on a classic combination”. This does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a good quality chocolate bar, a classic fruit and nut, but without that sickly tacky taste that the added fats and artificial bits and pieces can sometimes add to the mix in other brands…
Continuing on the fruit theme we tried the The Dark Chocolate Strawberries and Cream Truffles. to be honest these were probably our least favourite of the box. The strawberry fruitiness was a little overpowered by the darkness of the chocolate. With strawberry flavour I think you expect a more fruity hit. However, Montezuma’s do not use artificial flavours, so perhaps this is partly responsible for the more subtle taste? If so, perhaps it would be better paired with a milk or white chocolate?
Speaking of which, a far tastier combo were the Milk Chocolate Peppermint Truffles – thick milk chocolate shell, sweet, crunchy minty bits, wrapped up in a chocolate truffle. The only downside with these is that they were a bit too easy to eat in large amounts!
More suited for small bites was the The Dark Chocolate Lemon Meringue Bar. Again, this one is not so fruity, but is a really good quality dark chocolate bar. The lemon does not pop out at you, but you do get little bursts of it, and the meringue is more used for texture overall. It adds a bit of interest and sweetness to the bar.