For Mother’s Day, I took Mama Lam to Got Craft to get some inspirations for her hobby craft work. Of course, there were a number of local food producers exhibiting as well. In particular, the La Chocolaterie booth caught my eyes with its colourful collection of chocolates. I picked up a few cups to take home for a tasting. Each cup has roughly 9 pieces and costs $5 each. At the craft fair 3 cups were sold for $14.50.
What was particularly interesting was the Coconama Salad. It is white chocolate mixed with real vegetable and fruit, including kale, basil, tomato, beets and yam. Basically, your salad substitute right there. To my surprise, they did taste like the vegetables – in fact, I was chewing pieces of kale! They weren’t overly sweet despite the use of white chocolate. The extraordinary flavours made chocolate even more fun!
In addition, we also bought Rich Coffee, which was milk chocolate based. It was named appropriately – it was indeed rich and decadent, with prominent coffee flavour. The flavours were the most noticeable out of the three cups that we got.
The last one was one of my go-to tropical flavours, Mango. This is such a popular/loved flavour that even a little girl was asking for that at the booth. It had hints of mango flavour but the white chocolate might have taken over by just a bit – and I don’t really like mango + milk combination so that didn’t help. Still an enjoyable bite.
The texture of the chocolate was creamy and smooth, almost buttery. According to the staff, by putting the chocolate in the fridge they should keep for about one month (if they would last that long). Otherwise in room temperature they can probably last several days.
Overall, I found the Coconama Salad flavour to be very innovative and kudos to them for pulling it off successfully. I like that they make the chocolate into little cubes so it’s easy to snack on and won’t make a mess. I’m now curious to check out their other more traditional flavours, especially ones using milk or even dark chocolate as the base. I don’t think I like white chocolate very much.
La Chocolaterie (Inside Izumiya Japanese Marketplace)
160 – 7971 Alderbridge Way, Richmond