Choco-Lina, RosenblutenChocolate Facts:

This is a dark chocolate made with 67% cocoa, with raw cane sugar, sheep’s milk (ideal for the CMP-intolerant!), Bourbon vanilla,  rose-buds, and rose oil.

It is made in Austria – this website is in German, but parts of it are available in English translation. They don’t seem to do mail order, and the only place I’ve ever seen it is in the Chocolate Dream shop in Polperro, Cornwall.

More importantly, how yummy is it?

I’ve never tried chocolate with rosebuds in it. The rose flavour suggests Turkish delight, and the little dried petal fragments give you an interesting textural break from the chocolatey smoothness. Using sheep’s milk was also a new one on me, and it certainly made a difference to the flavour of the chocolate – not in a bad way, just in a way that took a little getting used to, an acquired taste.

On the downside, the cocoa content is a touch lower than you would ideally want for a good dark chocolate, and unfortunately it showed in the flavour. Also, it cost £2.75 for 100g and is different from but no better than chocolate you can get in a supermarket for half the price. So, although it was a nice one to have for a change, I’m not so sure that I would go out of my way to get it again.

Conclusion – something a but unusual, and worth trying – especially for the CMP-intolerant – but not a prize-winner.

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