1. The kit:
2. What's inside:
3. The butters:
4. The powders:
5. My chosen flavours (lavender, cardamom, lemon zest). I hardly used any of each:
6. The butter ready to melt in a bain marie (i.e. over hot water):
7. The powders after sieving (they needed it they had gone quite solid):
8. The melted butters:
9. Whisking in the powders (I added a little of the agave at the end for some sweetness but it didn't need much):
10. Then I spilt it into 4 lots and added the flavours and kept one lot plain. I learnt here that you need to keep each lot warm else it cools so quickly you can't pour it into the moulds properly and it becomes all mis-shapen (see later)
11. I poured (and pushed!) it into ice cube trays and got 4 'cubes' per flavour so 16 cubes in total. Then it went into the fridge to set for 1.5 hours (or in my case overnight).
12. Next morning at coffee time so we popped the cubes from the trays.
13. Some worked:
14. Some looked a bit mangled:
And the taste:
The flavours were nice but over-powered any chocolatey-ness (and I only used a teeny bit of each), the plain version was okay but not brilliant.
Very grainy/gritty and not smooth at all, disappointing. Alex over at 'A Brit's Dish a Day' had the same problem so I'm guessing that's how it is rather than us getting it wrong.
A bit. But the instructions aren't clear that it will cool so quickly and become difficult to pour into moulds. I made it hard for myself by doing 4 flavours with one kit - the instructions anticipate one flavour being added to the melted butters before the powder.
Would I buy one?
Having looked up the price (£14.25 plus shipping, as far as I can tell, for 150g of chocolate) I had to lie down. I can get 3 different flavored Rococo bars (70g each) for this money or about 14 Divine plain bars (100g each). I'm sorry to have to say that I wouldn't buy this either for myself or as a gift. It wasn't enough fun, its pricey and the taste/texture wasn't the tops.
Not currently a winner - it needs some re thinking I feel.