We were invited to an event at CocoaNymph, which was a benefit for the Sarah McLachlan School of Music.
As we approached Cocoa Nymph, you could clearly tell that’s where everyone was – all the windows were steamed up, flurries of body movement. Unfortunately, we came a little later and missed some of the beginning performances, but the ones we did manage to hear was beautiful.
I got a chance to meet and chat with the chocolatier’s partner who also happened to be the bartender for the event. He graciously allowed us to go behind the counters to get some snapshots of their chocolate samples.
I think my favourite of the three we got to try was this one, they call it the Liz. Yes, I’m one of those people who like white chocolate and get made fun of. Anyways, the Liz is a white chocolate and vanilla centre with a dark chocolate shell. I love that there’s white chocolate, but it’s not over the top sweet. It’s ridiculously creamy and the texture is just so smooth.
I am not sure of the name for this, but it is a marshmallow and maraschino cherry centre with a dark chocolate shell. It was such a pleasant surprise biting in. When people sink their teeth into a piece of chocolate, they expect dense, rich chocolate. But not this. This was definitely something new, fluffy and springy with a very subtle taste of the cherry. I believe the lady in the polka dot dress holding the plate is Rachel, the chocolatier of CocoaNymph.
This was his favourite. The Chariot, as you can read from the description. And the little garnish on top is actually a pink peppercorn! This isn’t some mild chili, although you might not notice it the first few seconds. It is the 20 seconds after when you can feel the heat really building up from your throat and up, and that heat lasts for awhile. Loved it.
We stayed for the chocolates, but also for the music from this husband and wife duo, Carolyn Victoria Mill and Reid Jamieson.
Overall, it was a fun event. Great music and great food. And over $4,000 were raised this evening. I had a really good time and might think about taking a chocolate making class here when I finally get some time to myself.
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