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Marmite and chocolate…Who knew? Cocoa Magic did!

We have just greedily polished off a box of chocolates from Cocoa Magic.! I’m a regular at Riverside Market and I have often passed Sharon’s Cocoa Magic stall but this week, after connecting on Twitter (follow them here) I went over for a closer look and Sharon gave me a box of her finest creations to try. The stall looks inviting with tubs of different chocolates all laid out on the table and some novelty chocolate sheep and shoes on display too. In fact, the stall looks quite understated and if anything, the little plastic pots don’t do justice to the mouth-watering chocolates they are housing.

The chocolates we were given were truffles, nicely packaged in a little pink box which would make a really lovely present. They are not a cheap option at 70p per truffle but they are different and obviously hand made which counts for a lot in my book. Each truffle was in a little paper case and decorated differently in ways that promoted their flavours. The Rose Water truffle was the most striking with its shiney pink surface. It was also one of my favourite. The flavours were very unusual but very distinctive. I loved the way it tasted like Turkish Delight but coupled with its beautiful creamy texture, it was a totally different experience.

Each truffle had a seriously delicious creamy centre which was so moorish and surprisingly light. I enjoyed all of them, but a few stood out above the rest, aside from the Rose water one. The Merlyn Liqueur and espresso chocolate was lovely. The flavours really complemented each other and the creamy centre. The were very subtle which was perfect because two such strong flavours could have been really over powering but they weren’t.

Another favourite of mine was the chilli and mint truffle. There was a warning on the insert that it was hot but I wasn’t expecting it to be really. I was wrong. First came the strong mint taste followed closely by the pleasant sting of chilli. Lovely! I also loved the idea of the Bara Brith chocolate. Very original although the flavours were perhaps a little too subtle.

The Marmite truffle!

You might have heard a buzz about Cocoa Magic’s Marmite truffle. It’s certainly been a topic on Twitter. It sound’s like a very bizarre combination but I was dying to give it a try. Fortunately, I like Marmite and to my surprise, Marmite and chocolate go very well together! I suggest you give it a try. Ben detests Marmite but he gave this a try and it went down so it can’t be bad at all if even a Marmite hater can stomach it, even if he did pull faces.

Cocoa magic have entered their Marmite truffle into the Great Taste Awards and it has got through the first heat. It is their most popular chocolate and as there are many hardcore Marmite chocolate loving fans, for special occasions they now produce the Marmite XO truffle too which apparently has a much stronger robust flavour.

Cocoa magic runs on a part-time basis since starting out in 2010 with a view to expanding in 2012. Sharon has a real love for chocolates and enjoys researching new ideas. She has trained on many courses since 2008 to make sure that her chocolates are of a high standard.

“I believe that chocolate has a real feel good factor and therefore there should be some fun and vibrancy surrounding the chocolate that is produced by Cocoa Magic.”

You can find Cocoa Magic chocolates in Madame Fromage, Washington Gallery and Chapter. They are also sold fortnightly at Riverside Market and at other food festivals. If you are interested in stocking Cocoa Magic chocolates, you can contact Sharon at cocoamagicclifford@googlemail.com You can also visit Cocoa Magic’s website and order online.

Cocoa Magic's popular sheep chocolate

My last mouthful was: The Merlyn Liqueur and espresso truffle

Get yourself down to Riverside Market for a delicious crepe or galette by Le Creperie de Sophie

After seeing some really positive comments on Twitter, I was really pleased when Le Creperie de Sophie invited me down to Riverside Market to try their delicious crepes on Sunday!

I love Riverside Market, it’s full of stands selling delicious local produce and the biggest crowd was around Le Creperie de Sophie’s stand. We read the menu board and watched for a while to see which looked like the best filling. There was a huge choice available, both sweet and savory. Banana and chocolate looked like a popular topping and smelt lovely but I am more of a savory person so I was really pleased when Loic Moinon (the owner) made us the special of the week- Salmon and Samphire galette.

We watched as Loic cooked the galette on both sides and covered it with salmon, onion, rocket, samphire and creme fresh. It tasted absolutely delicious! The galette was so light and tasty. Le Creperie de Sophie’s galettes are unique in the UK as they are made from buckwheat so they are gluten and wheat free which is great. I’ve tasted gluten free products in the past that just do not deliver on taste but these were fantastic.

As well as serving pancakes at local markets, Loic and his team offer mobile catering services for events. I mentioned their crepe parties in a previous post which you can read here but they also do weddings. My fiance and I are getting married in July and this would be so amazing to have at our wedding but unfortunately, we aren’t getting married in Wales which is a real shame. I would love to go to a wedding that served crepes- how original!

I highly recommend a stroll down to Riverside market to sample these. I loved my salmon galette and will certainly be going back again to try a sweet one. You can even buy bags of the mix to make them yourself. The Creperie de Sophie team are so friendly too and it was great to have a French snack made by a real Frenchman!

Check out their website:  www.lacreperiedesophie.com

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