Demarquette Evening With Chocolate and Qype

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mark demarquette speaking at chocolate eventAs some of you know, I review stuff at Qype.  In fact, I have created guides to chocolate around the great cities of the world: London, Berlin, Toronto… 🙂  But one of the other things I do get to do with Qype is attend events aimed specifically at small numbers of people.  I’ve been to a few chocolate ones but this was a first for me at Demarquette.

The chances of me going had started off as slim as I had a full day of work.  I managed to secure a spare slot and began to plot my exit but the fates were with me (and perhaps the boss somehow knew I was out for chocolate) and I escaped and made my way to the shop.

If there was one thing I learned it was that I had forgotten how LONG the walk to Demarquette is.  I’d suggest their 8 minutes and mine aren’t the same.  Regardless, I exited South Kensington and after walking at a slower pace than the jammed traffic, hopped on a bus which deposited me right outside the front door of the shop (late as usual).  I dashed in, was handed a glass of red and all the chocolates they had tried up to that point and then sat through some really interesting talks by the head chocolatier.  We got to try a huge number of chocolates including:demarquette chocolate selection
Earl Grey tea – standard earl grey tea flavoured chocolate but thsat still requires skill to get it this perfect
Moroccan mint – very green lovely mint. I just really love this link of mint
Tunisian bharat – slight spice – bit of heat but lovely
Strawberry caramel – like jam! Wow! Jam in a chocolate!
Ben Tre – bar choc, small square, nutty, coarse conch, got high praise – 3 stars at great taste (+milk won too) plus it was nominated as supreme food.  They then were asked to produce 10,000 bars to sell when the usually make 600 a day (or was that 60 a day?) it is made from Vietnamese cocoa beans.
Lemongrass & lime – lemongrass comes clearly through but the lime compliments the flavour
Sezuan pepper – delicate chilli not too strong
Milk choc is made with unrefined sugar so has more of a molassas flavour which was lovely
85% short conch choc bitter dark orange – dark but edible lovely choc with orange kick
Cobnut gianduja with caramel – lovely lightly nutty but sweet with texture of cobnut added in
Whiskey – a little weird and possibly too much for me but everyone loved it

So as you can see, it was a lovely night with lots of chocolate tasting.  Demarquette is a lovely shop and they will give chocolate to people waiting at the bus stop and anyone who comes in the shop to try.  Very generous and very lovely I genuinely enjoyed my experience.  I liked it so much in fact, I bought chocolate for everyone at my office!

About Judith Lewis

Editor and chief blogger at Mostly About Chocolate. Expert SEO. judge at various chocolate awards, wine awards, and all the Search Awards. Judith is passionate about food, wine, and travel.

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