The Observer, Notes On Chocolate, 11/12/22
“Cocoa Retreat’s Cobnut Clusters are absolutely delicious. Bonbons of hazelnut butter with cobnut pieces and cocoa nibs and all coated in 73% cocoa from Peru with the fabulous name of Chuncho Urusayhua. The cobnuts are from Kent and oven-roasted by someone called Edward – I love this detail. Munchy, crunchy delicious.” Annalisa Barbieri.
“Utter utter & one more utter, heaven. Packed full of flavour with Oenone’s bean to bar chocolate & balanced so beautifully with the phenomenal notes from the hazelnuts. Quite simply … get your order in!” Amelia Rope, Chocolate Adventurer, Twitter 5/12/22
The Kentish Cobnut is a delicious cultivated British hazelnut (Corylus avellena) which has been grown in this part of South East England for hundreds of years.
The Kentish Cobnuts for these Cobnut and Cacao Nib Clusters are expertly-grown, harvested and oven-roasted by Edward, a specialist local nut farmer. They have an intensely sweet and creamy hazelnut flavour which pairs beautifully with my new Peruvian Chuncho Urusayhua 73% (just released as a limited-edition bar).
I combine homemade smooth organic hazelnut butter with cobnut pieces, crunchy cacao nibs and a little salt, for a texture that allows the flavours to change and develop as you enjoy them.
Each Cobnut Cluster has its own unique handmade shape and weighs no less than 15g, there are four in each packet.
As these truffles are freshly-made each week, the Best Before date will be 6 months from when you receive them. They are best stored sealed in a cool (not fridge) place out of direct sunlight.
Suitable for vegans. Made without gluten.
I have just begun working with the wonderful Chuncho Urusayhua beans, sourced by Original Beans and brought to me by Cacao Latitudes. This is a tiny bean, packed full of cacao butter, making the chocolate deliciously creamy with very little astringency.
The flavour opens with cranberry and blueberry, which stays as apricot notes deepen and become jammy, the next flavours come with gentle maple syrup and cereal notes and the full creaminess of the chocolate, and finish with a light nutty taste.
Pack of four.
Ingredients - Organic hazelnuts, organic cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, sunflower oil, salt.