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Demarquette is an award winning British chocolatier's founded by Marc Demarquette. The company hand craft every one of their connoisseur chocolates, making them into exquisite works of art. Because of the quality of the ingredients and time in labour, it means that their products are expensive, and are really only for special occasions.

With Easter and the fact that I had a promotional code, I felt that that was occasion enough to warrant treating the family to some special chocolates.

I bought two bags of twelve mini fruit caramel eggs at 12.50. Although they are both 71% dark chocolate and ingredients on the packets are the same, the two versions have a distinctly different in flavour.

The eggs with the blue swirl on them are very dark, and I would have guessed the cacao to have been more like 80% had I not known. The flavour is rich and intense with deep earthy flavours, and the caramel has a strong, almost liquorice taste. I give them ten out of ten.

The eggs with the orange swirl on them has the same cacao content, but is much milder, and I would have guessed more in the 60% region. I can only assume the difference in taste is the origin, but I do not know where the beans were grown. The caramel in these are much fruitier and the caramel is lighter with a sweeter, fudge like taste. I give them nine out of ten.

With the promotional code I had, I also received a free box of their classic ganache collection, and would usually cost 11.95. Inside were nine beautifully decorated chocolates all flavoured with a mix of fruit, tea, and coffee blends. Of these, the Java Cinnamon was my favourite; a ten out of ten. My second favourite was the Arabian Coffee, which I scored a nine out of ten, followed by their single origin Pure Blend with an eight out of ten. The other chocolates I was underwhelmed by, particularly the Moroccan Mint Tea because the mint was so subtle that it was barely detectable. The House honey also did not have as much flavour as I was expecting. If they sold these flavours in individual boxes (I.E. eleven of one flavour in a box), then I would definitely get the Cinnamon and Arabian ganaches again, as it is, the mixed bag held too many disappointments to be worth spending that much money on.

Among their other chocolates are different collections of glossy caramels including a fruit, nut, salted, and floral collection. They also sell truffles, enrobed fruit, 30g chocolate bars, and a special collection called Imperial China. Out of these, I have only tried their 71% Sea Salt bar, which was very nice, but at 2.75 was demolished within thirty seconds.

Like I said at the beginning. Beautiful and quality chocolate comes with a price tag, so is worth getting, but only on special occasions.
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