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.[singlepic id=233 w=320 h=240 float=]
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.[singlepic id=231 w=320 h=240 float=]
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![singlepic id=224 w=320 h=240 float=]
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!
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).[singlepic id=229 w=320 h=240 float=]
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.[singlepic id=215 w=320 h=240 float=] [singlepic id=216 w=320 h=240 float=]
The Sienna Strawberry – Milk (French strawberry puree ganache in milk chocolate) had a sweet light strawberry flavour – I enjoyed this choccie very much too.[singlepic id=227 w=320 h=240 float=]
Amazing trays of chocolates just kept coming out…how could I resist![singlepic id=228 w=320 h=240 float=]
Raspberry Ganache – Milk which tasted similar to the Sienna Strawberry Milk[singlepic id=225 w=320 h=240 float=]
Hazelnut Cluster – I’m not a fan of nuts but if you are, you’ll enjoy this[singlepic id=219 w=320 h=240 float=]
I didn’t try the Almond Praline but I heard it was yummy…[singlepic id=213 w=320 h=240 float=]
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![singlepic id=218 w=320 h=240 float=]
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.[singlepic id=214 w=320 h=240 float=]
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![singlepic id=220 w=320 h=240 float=]
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!![singlepic id=230 w=320 h=240 float=]