Chocolate tastings & truffle making @ Koko Black’s launch party…


I was invited by Shane Hill to celebrate the launch of Koko Black’s very first Perth salon at Claremont Quarter on Wednesday.

With a glass of champagne in one hand and my camera in the other, I took a tour of the salon. To the right of the store I watched Kim Linssen, Head Chocolatier who has come all the way from Koko Black’s flagship store in Melbourne, arrange chocolate tarts.

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Towards the centre of store there was an extensive range of fresh home-made Belgian chocolates and truffles. And as I walked further into the salon, there was a yummy display of desserts and home-made ice-cream.

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After my self-guided tour of the salon, I found myself a seat next to a loyal Koko Black customer who had patiently waited 2 years for a salon to come to Perth. By this point I was absolutely craving chocolate and ready to starting tasting everything Koko Black had to offer!

Making truffles with the lovely  Head Chocolatier, Kim Linssen…

I kind of made a variation…not quite round shaped truffle!

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The Head Chocolatier, Kim Linssen said she thought my irregular shaped truffle with a fork staked through it could be a new innovation 😉 not sure what the onlookers thought though! But it tasted pretty good and I quite enjoyed dunking my chocolate goodness in the cocoa and chocolate flakes.

My Koko Black tastings…

The Savory Tart was a good filler before the choccies!

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The Truffle Caramel was my favourite – I took home some of these for burger boy, ex-fatty, little miss bacon and mushie to try! Probably shouldn’t compare but I think the best way to describe this chocolate delight was that it tasted like a classier, fancier and more flavoursome Mars Bar (which is my favourite chocolate bar and ice-cream flavour).

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The Caramelised Coconut (almond praline blended with caramelised coconut) is my second favourite. I had doubts at first as I don’t like very strong coconut tasting chocolates or almonds…but the coconut & almond was a nice ‘soft’ tasting blend – think it was the caramelisation which did it for me.

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The Sienna Strawberry – Milk (French strawberry puree ganache in milk chocolate) had a sweet light strawberry flavour – I enjoyed this choccie very much too.

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Amazing trays of chocolates just kept coming out…how could I resist!

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Raspberry Ganache – Milk which tasted similar to the Sienna Strawberry Milk

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Hazelnut Cluster – I’m not a fan of nuts but if you are, you’ll enjoy this

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I didn’t try the Almond Praline but I heard it was yummy…

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The Chocolate Mousse was delicious…I wish I hadn’t filled myself on the chocolates as I could only fit a few spoonfuls of this amazing chocolate creation. Loved whatever sugary delights was sprinkled on top!

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The Belgian Hot Chocolate was a bit strong for me because I don’t like dark chocolate. I did like the thick consistency of it though and would probably enjoy the light hot chocolate – will have to try this next time.

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At this point I didn’t have an inch of space left in my tummy but I had a small taste of the house-made ice-cream which was pretty good!

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When the Chocolate Tarts were offered to me, I had to say no – I don’t think I’ve ever refused chocolate before!!

After a wonderful evening of over-indulging in mouth-watering chocolate I rolled home to burger boy with a gift bag filled with chocolates. My next visit to Koko Black will be to try out their Queen of Hearts high tea ($18.50 per person) – my fellow blogger Bowl of Honey writes about this on his food blog.

Thank you Shane Hill and Koko Black for having me!!

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I have foodie cravings all the time and sometimes at very odd hours, hence the name of this food blog, where I share my love for food and appliances that save me time in the kitchen. I also own Crust Mount Lawley with my burger eating half burger boy and am a mum to two girls - junior burger and baby cravings.


  1. OMG, I missed it! Looks like you had a lot of fun! I'm wanting the Sienna Strawberry Milk Chocolate right now. Did you feel sick after the experience? You did consume many a chocolate!
    • Lol yea felt pretty sweet! Had to have something savory when I got home to offset the sickly sweetness :) they were all very yummy and what I brought home to the family didn't last very long! I was spewing I missed out on the high tea you were served at the media preview :)

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