Meet the flavours

I want everybody to be able to find a flavour they love. We all have different palattes, some people love coconut and hate banana and vice versa. I’ve created flavours for all palattes and this guide should help you find your favourite

If you have real sweet tooth……

Coconut & Lime
If you don’t love coconut already, prepare to change your mind….

Influences from…..
Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia

Why you’ll love it

This flavour is for coconut critics as much as coconut advocates. The coconut is not allowed to be the dominant flavour, because the lime keeps it in its place.
Lime and coconut are polar opposites and thats why they work so well together. Coconut is creamy, buttery and sweet. Lime on the other hand, is sharp and sour with intense citrus.
Left alone, these two ingredients can become overwhelming. Together they harmonise, with the final element of dark chocolate adding that bitter rich intensity you need to complete the flavour.

How it compares to the other flavours…

This is one of the sweetest flavours, so a lot of people love it, but for some it’s too sweet. If you want something a little richer and more chocolatey, you’ll love chilli & star anise, orange & cardamom, miso & black sesame or banana & miso.

White chocolate & Lychee

Uniquely light and floral, certainly not your typical cookie.

Influences from….
Thaiand and China

Why you’ll love it…

It’s flavour can be compared to grapes and strawberries with subtle notes of rose. It’s a citrus fruit, with very little sourness. Despite its intense sweetness, the floral tone adds a refreshing lightness to the overal flavour.
Whilst the flavour can work with dark chocolate, I find that when you combine sweet fruits like this, with dark chocolate, it becomes too sickly. Lychee pairs beautifully with white chocolate and its mild creaminess. If you love white chocolate and raspberry, you’ll love this even more.

How it compares to the other flavours…..

Similarly to coconut & lime, this flavour is for the sweeter tooth. If you love you chocolate rich and dark, take a look at chilli & star anise, orange & cardamom, miso & black sesame or banana & miso.

If you want that intense chocolate indulgence…….

Orange & Cardamom
Chocolate and orange is good. Chocolate orange and cardamom is heaven

Influences from….
Malaysia, Indonesia and India

Why you’ll love it……..

Nobody needs to be convinced that chocolate and orange belong together, but be warned, this tastes nothing like chocolate and orange or jaffa cakes. I love both of those by the way, but I love this flavour so much more.
Orange is a much more complex flavour than you may think, as a citrus fruit, it’s very sweet and not at all bitter. It’s also very fragrant, which sometimes gets lost when its combined with chocolate.
Cardamom of course works beautifully in curries as an aromatic, but it shouldn’t be limited to savoury foods, because it works just as well to cut through the sweetness of orange and highlight its fragrance. This flavour combination truly celebrates the rich intensity of dark chocolate, providing an exciting and seriously indulgent experience.

How it compares to the other flavours….

In contrast to coconut & lime and white chocolate & lychee, this flavour is much more rich and intense than sweet, but not so much that it becomes savoury. second only to chilli and star anise for that intense dark chocolate hit. These are the least sweet of all the options.

Chilli & Star Anise
Who hasn’t heard of chocolate chilli? It’s time it got upgraded

Influences from…
Vietname, Indonesia and Malaysia

Why you’ll love it…..

To me chocolate and chilli is not much more exciting than plain chocolate, that’s not because chocolate and chilli is boring. It’s because chocolate and chilli work so well together that theres nothing odd or new about putting them together.
I wanted to see if this combination could be taken any further and star anise came to mind. It’s an incredibly intense flavour which works so well with chilli in savoury dishes. I rarely make any soup without adding star anise, simply for that beautiful fragrance. What star anise adds to savoury dishes is an element of sweet fragrance, which transfers so well to chocolate and chilli, preventing it becoming too savoury.
I use restraint when I add these spices, because that little bit too much could throw the whole balance. What you experience is a wonderfully rich dark chocolate brownie, with a subtle hint of spice to excite your taste buds. Further balanced with the complex, sweet aroma of star anise.

How it compares to the other flavours…..

Just as intense as orange & cardamom, but slightly more sweet with the addition of star anise. Whilst with the other flavours, the asian ingredients are the main focus, with this flavour, the aromatic and spices are added to showcase the full flavour of the dark chocolate. So in conclusion, if your a dark chocolate connoisseur, this combination was made for you.

Orange, Ginger & Star Anise
A celebration of star anise and the versatility of it’s flavour.

Influences from…
Vietname, Indonesia and Malaysia

Why you’ll love it…..

It’s a combination of everything. Sweet, fruity, aromatic with spices and intense with dark chocolate. Star Anise is the star of the show, with similar flavours to clove, liquorice and fennel, but balanced by its natural sweetness. The flavour of orange blends smoothly with this fragrant sweetness, yet the ginger comes in to break up that sweetness and add another dimenson to the overal falvour, bringing back the element of spice from the star anise.

How it compares to the other flavours…..

Whilst similar to both Orange & Cardamom and Chilli & Star Anise in terms of ingredients and chocolate intensity, this is a flavour of it’s own. It’s slightly sweeter than the above mentioned, but not as sweet as the other flavours.

If you love your sweet and salty…

Banana & Miso
Think of it as an Asian twist on Banoffee

Influences from….
Japan, India, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia

Why You’ll love it….

Honestly I think banana is almost like a dessert on it’s own. In Southeast Asia, you’ll find desserts as simple as fried banana or banana in coconut milk. It does have a very strong and sweet flavour which could easily overwhelm a dessert. That’s where the miso comes in, it adds a lovely contrasting salty kick to tame the sweetness of the banana. You might think miso is only suitable for savoury cooking, but it doesn’t take away the sweetness, it just balances it and makes the overall experience even more indulgent.

How it compares to the other flavours…

Whilst coconut & lime and White chocolate & lychee are intensely sweet and chilli & star anise and Orange & cardamom are intensely rich. Miso & banana are a beautiful balance of the two, this flavour pretty much defines the term sweet & salty.

Miso & Black Sesame
I shouldn’t have favourites, but I do and it’s this one..

Influences from….
Japan, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore

Why you’ll love it…..

The black sesame provides a nuttiness reminiscant of peanut butter, but with a more beautiful subtlety. The addition of miso adds a light saltiness, which paired with the chocolate creates an element of salted caramel. This is the only flavour that combines two savoury elements, yet it still maintains a caramel like sweetness.
It’s a flavour that can’t really be replicated and thats why it’s a must try!

How it compares to the other flavours…

Very similar to banana & miso, but that slight bit more savoury and nutty. It’s still chocolatey but not in the same way orange & cardamom and chilli & star anise are, it doesn’t carry any of the bitterness of dark chocolate.

A bit of sweet and a bit of spice……

Honey, Ginger & Sesame
Florally sweet, balanced by a hint of nutty spice.

Influences from….

Why you’ll love it……

This flavours gives a balance of nutty savoury elements of sesame, paired with the subtle warming spice of ginger and then to soften and sweeten the overall taste experience, it’s finished with a honey glaze. The individual flavours are not supposed to be overpowering or distinct on their own, but balance each other to become one overall flavour.

How it compares to the other flavours…

The Asian influence is less distinct and the overall flavours are much more subtle. If your feeling cautious about trying new flavours, this is a good option. It falls right in the middle in terms of the balance of sweetness and chocolate intensity.

If you like to test your taste buds…

Pandan, Banana & Coconut
Love it or hate it, you’ve got to try it.

Influences from….
Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam

Why you’ll love it……

Pandan can be best described as an earthy vanilla with tones of almond and coconut. The first time you try it, you may not like it because it’s so unique in its flavour. But once you recognise the flavour, it can add so much indulgence to a chocolate treat. There are only slight hints of banana and coconut, simply to exentuate the overal pandan flavour. It’s rich and indulgent and unlike anything you’ve tried before.

How it compares to the other flavours…

This is definitely the most foreign flavour, and the most likely to surprise you. It’s similar to chilli and star anise and orange and cardamom in terms of richness. But the overal flavour is unique amongst the range.

I’m still exploring Asia and there are a lot more flavours I’d love to introduce! I’m also working on introduces pages on this website explaining in more detail how each cuisine has influenced the flavours so watch this space.

Overall they’re all beautiful flavours in their own unique way, the only way to find your favourite is to try……