A little while ago, I received a box of chocolate in the mail:
Chupon Chocolate! Chupon Chocolate is made by infusing imported Swiss Neuchâtel chocolate with natural ingredients, like green tea or chipotle and cinnamon.
Besides the two varieties of drinking chocolate, the little white boxes were samples of various chocolate squares. I tried the Mayan Drinking Chocolate, which I found delicious, but slightly too hot for me. It’s got a pleasant slow burn, but it’s just a shade too much for the level of heat I like (which, I’ll be honest, I’m a wimp, so while I like heat and spice, I can’t handle too much). I was planning on making brownies using this as well, but I just haven’t had the chance yet.
The three of us also tried the Green Tea White Chocolate squares–The bambino LOVED these. As in he ate two of the three, leaving Jay and I to split the last one. I thought these were interesting, in a good way. They taste exactly like tea-flavored white chocolate. It’s a little weird, but it works. I also made some cupcakes they have featured on their website:
Green Tea White Chocolate Cupcakes topped with Cream Cheese Frosting, using the Green Tea Drinking Chocolate.
I did notice right off the bat when melting the chocolate, it was much smoother than white chocolate I’ve gotten in the store (I won’t name names–Not this time, anyway!). Usually, I’ve found that white chocolate is rather fussy and it ends up grainy. Not so with Chupon, which makes me wish they offered non-green-tea-infused white chocolate.
The cupcakes were delicious–The flavoring is present, but not overwhelming. And the cake is perfect–Delicate crumb and (yes, I’m going to say it) moist. Already half of them are gone, which means I’m going to need to make them again soon.
I will admit, when I made the frosting, I omitted the melted white chocolate, both from sheer laziness, as well as greed. I wanted to keep enough to make the cupcakes again…Probably this weekend!
DISCLOSURE: I was provided products from Chupon Chocolate but no other compensation. All opinions and thoughts are my own.