Lahloo Tea Collection Chocolates by Damian Allsop & Win A Box!
This collection combines Lahloo teas with either a chocolate flavour or into a ganache to enjoy in the chocolate. Some teas like orchid and Darjeeling didn’t make the cut and instead have been paired with other chocolates. Some like jasmine and earl grey have the delightful water-based ganache included. I enjoyed some but not all and that, I think, means this will appeal to a wider range of people.
Fresh Mint – best paired with Matcha tea – I love Matcha Chocolat’s matcha & mint chocolates and so I know this will work. The mint is green and fresh and delightful. This is the flavour of green growing mint and is not the mint you get in a fondant so no after eight flavours here – just fresh green mint.
Earl Grey – my favourite tea did not disappoint me here. A strong and intense bergamot flavour in milk chocolate balanced off with a bit of tea flavour. I think it could have worked equally well in dark chocolate 🙂
Green Jasmine – another of my favourites, this jasmine is subtle. Again comparing it to Matcha Chocolat’s jasmine, this is less intense and less floral. It is a delicate jasmine floral flavour without being cloying and without being too intensely tea flavoured. Absolutely delightful!
Thyme – best paired with orchid – this is an interesting herbal ganache. Very strange flavour in a chocolate and very unique I think it will appeal to people who like savoury as much as sweet and enjoy something unique.
Basil – well… the best way I can describe this is as pesto in a chocolate. It was not to my taste but as some people love pesto I can see this being a chocolate that will be a fast favourite for people who do.
Lahloo Smokey – I think that this is for a smoky whisky lover or a lover of smoke. It is a fully smoky flavour with an interesting light flavour. I’m not a smoke lover but thought it was interesting that it was paired with a milk chocolate. Not a favourite for me but everyone has different tastes.
I think that this is an excellent selection so much so that I bought a box from Liberty and am giving it away.
To win this box of tea chocolates, leave a comment about a tea chocolate not included that you would add to the mix. For example, Artican du Chocolat has an orchid bar – perhaps you’d add an orchid tea chocolate or perhaps a flowering summer tea chocolate. Whatever it is, leave a comment of what tea chocolate you would ADD to this selection. If your comment does not match the criteria, you will not be entered.
I will read all entries and depending on the thoughtfulness of the entry, I will judge which comment gets the box of chocolate. I’m doing this because the automated entries meant that people who read the blog had less of a chance of winning and since I bought the chocolates I’d like real readers to win. As with all things, there are rules which are below – GOOD LUCK ALL!
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2.Only one entry per household.
3.The competition closes on the 6th of January 2012 at 12 noon.
4.Only open to those 16 or over on 25th December 2011.
5.I’ll choose 1 lucky winner based on the comment left. The more thoughtful and detailed, the more likely to win
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These sound delicious. I’m a big fan of tea chocolates. The one I have not yet come across and would really like to see is either a lemon verbena tea or lemon balm tea flavour. The latter I’m especially interested in as I suspect the flavour would be more subtle than lemon verbena and definitely unusual. A subtle taste of lemon but with the freshness of tea would work really well with chocolate I think, but this has yet to be proved!
I would have added jasmine but it is already there so I think I would go with camomile. Its a nice relaxing tea and I think the combination with chocolate would be interesting
They sound gorgeous but my recommendation is to add Gooseberry , not exotic but a wonderful taste
Well i have to admit my first thought was English breakfast with crunchy bits of rich tea biscuit in 😉 However, I’d also love to try a camomile tea flavoured choc.
Lahloo have a white tea called “Wild Rose”
This would be my choice to add to the tea chocolate collection. Rose with dark chocolate is a delicious combination.
love the fresh mint
i would love to have the artisan orchid and orange blossom added, as a big fan.
however, i have discovered Matcha’s bergamot Chocolate Shards, which sound delightful as they’re perfumed with earl grey tea, but blended with orange for a floral balance, all within the rind of the bergamot orange. sounds like a perfect Sunday morning treat!
Although there’s an Earl Grey in the selection, i think this is more floral.
I would go with camomile. Its a nice relaxing tea and a great combination with chocolate
chocolates like these are like heaven any make us look forward to everyday and brigtens any dull moment keep up the good work
i think genmaicha would be a good addition- cuz the toasted rice would make it earthy too:)
I would put hibiscus tea into a deep dark chocolate – I think the combination would be heavenly!
As its the new year i would add a Green tea chocolate so that we can all detox. Green tea and dark chocolate are both excellent sources of antioxidants, chemical compounds that slow down, prevent and treat degenerative diseases. It would also make me feel better about eating chocolate!!
My very favourite tea is green tea with jasmine and fortunately for me you have that already. So, as I’ve just had a cup of mint tea with chilli when visiting my sister, I think that would make an interesting combination for a chocolate. The tea was lovely, with just a hint of chilli. I love chocolate with mint and chocolate with chilli – melding them together should produce something extra special.
I love cranberry tea and think that it would go very well with chocolate, yum yum 🙂
When I went to China, I brought back with me a herbal tea, I’m not sure exactly what flavour it is, because the label is in Chinese, but it has such a gorgeous smell and taste, which reminds me of Turkish delight, so I have a feeling there may be rose in there somewhere. So going with the Lahloo tea’s, I think the ‘Wild Rose’ would definitely be my choice! I think the floral notes would blend well with the milk chocolate and would be refreshing, clean taste. The delicate flavour of rose, mixed with the creaminess of good milk chocolate would be extremely delicious! Plus my mother loves Turkish Delight, so I think it would be perfect for her as well! They should definitely make this addition!
My choice would be a rose scented tea as the delicate aroma would go so well with the luxuriously smooth ganache filling
My favourite tea is a rooibos based tea with chilli – although completely decaffeinated, it still gives one a buzz enough to perk them up in the morning as well as being completely delicious! I imagine that smoky, spicy, sultry taste in a dark chocolate would have been fantastic.
Wow! I have never heard of anything like these chocolates before. I think I would go with a fruit-tea based chocolate – something like a raspberry chocolate. It would be great if they could add some coconut to the blend, as I used to love Ruffle bars. Thanks so much for running.
I quite like the thought of Lahloo Herbal Infusions combined with a very light, mild chocolate could work quite well. Herbal Infusion is quite a light tea and so it needs a light chocolate so as not to overpower it.
I would like to try a a mixture of Lime and Sea Salt in a tea, would think it would refresh with a slight zing. Make it into a chocolste as well and you could sit and eat and drink at the same time.
I love the sweet Indian tea made from boiled milk and fresh tea leaves and flavoured with cardamon, cloves and other spices (Masala Chai). I’m sure this could be combined beautifully with white chocolate for an interesting sweet treat.
What amazing chocolates. I really fancy the Lahloo Smokey asboth my partner and I love Lapsang Souchong tea. We like to savour our chocolate and enjoy real quality and these sumptuous, interesting flavours can only encourage that.
Hojicha from Kyoto we drank this at the Japanese tea Garden in San Francisco and it was wonderful with rich smoky almost smoked sesame taste and would go so well with a rich dark chocolate
The mint and smoke varieties sound lovely. I’d also like to try Raspberry leaf tea with a dark chocolate as I feel that would be a wonderful combination of flavours.
What amazing chocolate ive never tried anything so unique before. The Green Jasmine ones sound lovely as Jasmine is my favorite smell and my daughter is called this. Jasmine means “Gift from God” so chocolates that are a gift from god sound to good to miss lol.
I think the Rooibos tea chocolate would be interesting, the faint nuttiness would add another dimension to the chocolate
Mmmm – Reading all these posts and want to try most of them! I think that a mixed berry tea (which would be fairly flavour intensive with a light chocolate bite would be lovely!
I think a flowery orange tea chocolate would be lovely or rose petal. They would have a very fresh taste that is not too heavy or rich and ideal to eat in the New Year. They would make ideal spring/summer chocolates. Or even coconut iced tea would be lovely for the summer!
I’d try a Darjeeling flavoured chocolate – not sure if it would be too bitter but I’d give it a go!
I just wanted to comment here. This entry will not win because of the rules & guidelines. I did stipulate that I would read all entries & judge based on the thought put into the entry. There is too little here for this comment to ever win over some of the others. Feel free to enter a longer explination for consideration though!!
I would add a ‘Lady Grey’ chocolate to the box (Twinings is my favourite); chocolate and citrus fruits go so well together.
Ooh now these sound lush – I’m a big fan of both chocolate and tea, but have never heard of these before! I’m currently having a cup of some very lovely cinnamon scented tea that was very kindly bought for me for Christmas and I reckon it would make an amazing chocolate. On taste alone I think cinnamon would work best in dark chocolate but it’s a surprisingly light tea so would possibly work best with milk chocolate. Maybe someone should develop both and then I can test them and let you know what works best 😀
Think it would have to be China Rose & Raspberry Caramel, would be interesting blend of sweet and exotic flavours that would really round up this collection and give a extra depth. Fresh mint flavour here sounds simply devine something to really savor
Having just come off of Christmas and all things spicy, I’d very much like a vanilla chai latte chocolate – I like my tea milky and strong but never sweet, except in a chai latte, so I really think this would suit a strong, almost bitter dark chocolate, as the flavours wouldn’t overpower each other.
I like lemon tea so a dark chocolate with a hint of lemon – yum
OMG Chocolate and tea two of my favourite things combined…I really fancy Red bush tea flavoured chocolate because I think its sour notes would go really well with the sweetness of the chocolate making a perfectly balanced blend.
i would like an apple tea chocolate, apple tea like the one you get in turkey. or maybe something else that is fruity. chocolate and fruit always go together. always chocolate is always good no matter what the flavour is!!!!!
My tea is usually milky and strong but rarely sweet, except in a chai latte therefore I believe this would compliment a strong, almost bitter dark chocolate as the flavours would be each somewhat balanced.
I think a lemon tea chocolate would be delicious
There is a White Peach Oolong tea that I think would work brilliantly as a chocolate, it has fresh flavours of orange peel, lemongrass and white peach. I can imagine it tasting ripe and juicy as well as deep and satisfying all at the same time, what could be better!
Wow, these sound awesome – I had not heard of tea chocolates before, which is insane seeing as I (of course) love chocolate and I seem to get through about twenty cups of tea a day – we have four different packets open on our worktop at the minute, lol!
I would like to see an apple tea flavoured one. I have a packet of apple tea from Turkey and I think it would go beautifully with either milk or dark chocolate, though probably best with dark. It is very fresh with a little bit of a juicy zing to it and I think the chocolate would be very unusual but refreshing! I always find that pieces of apple go nicely in a chocolate fountain too so I reckon that’s a good indication of it tasting good! (Although all of the above suggestions sound interesting and yummy too!)
Yummeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Two of my favourie things are tea and chocolate. My favourite tea is PG tips lol. and I already have chocolate tea 🙂 My other favourite tea is Turkish apple tea which would be a delicious flavour for a chocolate, yum yum 😀
mmmmm chocolate tea… im a huge yorkshire tea fan, nowt beats a strong cuppa.
I saw a Japanese recipe online for ‘Green Tea Chocolate Balls’ made with green tea and white chocolate. They sound yummy and although I haven’t made them yet they would make a stunning addition to this set because the white chocolate would really stand out from the rest 🙂
Jaggertee. Well, I am a bit of an old soak, so tea with rum added sounds 100% perfect to me. I’d pair it with a darkish milk (50-60%?) rather than a dark chocolate in some attempt to balance tea/rum and chocolate.
These DO look fabulous!
My bf’s family loves oolong for over 5 years and I’ve never been partial to it. However, over the holidays, my friend just surprised me with Oolong tea cookies. The strong flavor and the crunchiness of the tea leaves just amazed me! The Oolong has such a special flavor that I think it really makes it scream tea, and scream special tea! The earthy and bitterness of it can be paired with so many things – milk or dark or fruity (IMHO). I haven’t tried it, but just thinking about it makes me want to! So, my suggestion is chocolate with Oolong!! It can be used in it’s crunch tea leaf form or in its liquid form to create different textures!
Another one I think would be interesting and unusual is Chai tea. The chocolates in Lahloo have herbs like mint and thyme, and with Chai Tea, you can get the earthiness of the tea and the uniquie spices all in one.
These sound absolutely gorgeous! To be honest I’ve never thought about combining teas and chocolate together but it makes sense! My first choice would be Mint, but since there’s already one there I’d go for Spiced Chai. It might makes it a more “Christmassy” or “wintery” chocolate but I love the combination of spices and chocolate – delish!
A green tea chocolate because I’ve heard Green Tea is good for helping you lose weight so I could eat chocolate and the green tea would cancel it out obviously lol
I would add a Praline with Crème Brulée, like the ones from Black River Chocs! 🙂
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