Sadly, I haven't visited the premises of Gabriel Chocolate myself, on account of their location in Yallingup, about 3 hours south of Perth. My parents alerted me to their existence when they brought me back chocolate from their recent mini-trip south.
My mother said that she spent some time picking my block, trying to work out what I might like best. I am hugely impressed by this because the truth is, I don't know what type of single origin chocolate I like best. I've always viewed single origin as simultaneously fancy and risky. If you like the cacao beans from the region in question, and the resulting chocolate product, then you're in luck. If you don't, then there are no other flavours or 'bits' to hide behind. I haven't tried enough single origin bars to know which regions I like best, so it's always a bit of a lottery trying new products.
I can now say that I love chocolate using cacao from Ghana. This 65% cocoa block drew its origins from the Forestero Ghana region, and it won me over from first bite. The packet refers to hints of berries and currants, and I also found caramel and toffee. It's not often you get berry notes and caramel notes in one bar, but this block pulls it off wonderfully.
I also like Gabriel Chocolate's packaging. The box opens four ways, and then there is glitter! gold! pretty! - and then, of course, the chocolate itself.
The company makes a limited number (250) of each block variety, which means you can't stick to one favourite forever. This is a little sad, but having got off to such a great start, I'm prepared to trust that I'll love their other flavours just as much as this one.
I know most of you won't have a chance to visit Gabriel Chocolate yourself, but if you ever come across their blocks...buy them. I don't think you'll regret it!
Gabriel Chocolate is located at the corner of Caves Road and Quininup Road, Yallingup, Western Australia. They have a website and are highly reviewed on Trip Advisor too, for their chocolate blocks and their on-site cafe.
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