Do you ever think about what you'd add to chocolate if you were in charge?
Forget your boring mainstream fruit and nut – how about sour cherries, banana chips, orange pepper, wasabi peanuts, volcano cashews, gummy bears, rice crispies, silver pearls, candied lilac petals, ground coffee beans and salt pretzels to name just a few of the ingredients you can add to your bars when you order from Chocri.
Launched in Germany in 2008, Chocri grew out of co-owner Franz' search for an ideal birthday gift for his girlfriend. Unable to find what he wanted, he took the home-made approach and topped a chocolate bar with her favourite toppings. Friends and family asked him to make them some customised bars too and before too long, Franz and friend Michael turned a delicious hobby into a proper business. After great success in Germany, they have now expanded into The UK and the United States.
All their chocolate is Fair Trade and they also sponsor DIV Kinder, a welfare organisation that seeks to improve the living conditions in cocoa producing communities in the Ivory Coast.
When a member of the Chocri team wrote to ask me if I'd like to try them out I had a good look at their website before responding. And when I realised I had lost almost an hour without noticing, absorbed in designing my own perfect combinations, I rushed to accept!
I created two bars. My first was a milk chocolate bar with figs, walnuts and a flower petal mix. The second was dark chocolate with roasted almonds, candied rose petals and real gold flakes.
It didn't take long for my bars to arrive!
I love how my customised names are clearly displayed at the top and the generous window through which my masterpieces are visible.
And, having had a taste, masterpiece is definitely the right word to use – even if I say so myself!
You too can be the master of your own Chocri creation:
I have a voucher worth £10 (+ free shipping) for one lucky reader – this will allow you to create two gorgeous bars of your own. The voucher is valid until the 31/12/10 and the free shipping is for UK addresses only.
To enter, leave a comment telling me what you'd put into one of your masterpiece bars and what you'd call it.
The deadline is midnight (GMT) Saturday 23 October and I'll pick a winner from all the (hopefully lovely) ideas then!
One entry per person. Please include an email address so I can contact you if you win.