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TASTEMAKERS

 

Something
Sweet...

The season of love is upon us, and how better to celebrate it than with something that’s close to our hearts: chocolate!

Meet Isabelle, a chocolate maverick who’s been whipping up delicious and unexpected flavour combinations in her shop in South London for nearly 7 years. From coffee and aniseed, to basil and lemon, Isabelle has created a flavour lover’s paradise, and this month’s TasteMaker edition is your golden ticket!

 

TAKE IT AWAY ISABELLE

 

We all love chocolate, but working with it is something totally different. What made you become a chocolatier?

At the start of my 40s, I decided it was time for a career change. I had a real think about what profession would make me happy for the next 20 years; I’ve always loved chocolate so decided to go on a chocolatier course. I’ve never looked back.

You have an amazing range of flavours, where do you get your inspiration from?

I often start with a flavour I really enjoy, I’ll spend time thinking about what it is I like about it. Then I’ll pull out my spices and pair it in my mind with each of them. Once I think I’ve got something I’ll mix a little of the flavours together and taste it. I’ve got to say, it’s surprising how many times my first hunch for a new flavour works.

 

What’s your favourite type of chocolate?

That’s a tough one. I love them all really. They all suit different times of the day and moods: sometimes you really want something comforting and familiar, and other times you want something different and unusual.

LUNGO INTENSO
What’s a day in the life of a Chocolatier?

First thing when I wake up, a cup of NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Lungo Intenso. After breakfast it’s time to open the shop and start on the first batch of chocolate bars alongside special requests like truffles and gifts. I’ll also shop for new ingredients including spices and essential oils. Occasionally I’ll be running one of my chocolate workshops – which I love! That’s the fun side – there’s also admin to be done, emails to be answered and customers to keep happy!

 

TRY ME

 

SPICE UP
YOUR MOCHA

Put a spin on your post-date coffee with a Spiced Mocha. Make a NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Mocha the way you normally would, then stir in a quarter of a teaspoon of cardamom powder. It’s a surprising addition that’s unexpectedly delicious.

MOCHA- BUY NOW

 

MAKE YOUR OWN

 

Chocolate
and coffee
Truffle

Stuck for an idea of what to get someone this Valentine’s day, or looking for a date with a difference? Why not try and make some of Isabelle’s amazing decadent Coffee Chocolate Truffles. Trust us, they’ll be impressed.



INGREDIENTS (Makes 5 servings)



40ml double cream
65g milk chocolate
5g unsalted butter at room temperature
10g spoon dark cocoa powder for rolling
10ml Espresso Intenso
Crushed nuts or cocoa powder (optional decoration)



RECIPE

1. Put the cream in a pan over a medium heat and
bring it to the boil.
2. Break the chocolate into a bowl and pour over
the hot cream. Leave it for 30 seconds then stir
until all the chocolate is melted*. Add the coffee. Add the butter after mixing the coffee.
3. Keep stirring the mixture until all is well incorporated.
4. Place the mixture in the fridge for four to five
hours.
5. Take the mixture out of the fridge and scoop a
walnut-sized amount into your hands. Roll into a ball
shape. Do this as fast as you can, you don’t want the
chocolate to melt.
6. Finally roll the ball into crushed nuts, cocoa
powder, or whatever decoration takes your fancy.


*If the chocolate doesn’t fully melt, put the mixture in a large, shallow
pan of water over a gentle heat for a few minutes. Stir. Then follow
from step 4.
Lasts for 10 days refrigerated or your cream’s expiry date.

ESPRESSO INTENSO
 
Win

A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

Fancy trying some of Isabelle’s delicious chocolates for yourself? Enter our competition and you could win yourself a selection of Isabelle’s handmade chocolates and some NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® pods to enjoy with them.

T&C’s apply. Ends 03.03.15

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