HotChoc Spoon Luxe

HotChoc Spoon Luxe

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These were a surprise find in a Hong Kong supermarket, although they appear to be made in The Netherlands. The idea seemed very interesting, with a cube of chocolate moulded round a bamboo spoon and a squeezy vial of alcohol embedded alongside. Ay HK$35, they were temptingly good value and looked like they might make a tasty nightcap.

Such instructions as there are consisted of simple line drawings – heat milk, stir in the chocolate until it melts, and squeeze in the alcohol attached. I decided to try both the Grand Marnier and the lime vodka versions (not at the same time, obviously…)

In practise, the chocolate proved difficult to melt, and no amount of stirring could take away the grainy texture that eventually resulted. I also found there was nowhere near enough chocolate or alcohol for my taste, and had to spice it up a bit with a generous dollop of my homemade chocolate orange vodka.

Next time I fancy something like this I will make it from scratch with cocoa powder so I can get the taste just right.

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Absolut India

Category : Food

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Absolut has to be one of the world’s most popular and well recognised vodkas, with a wonderful range of different flavours from raspberry and mango to hibiscus, cilantro and wild tea. What I have only just realised, however, is that they also have a limited edition of country, state and city themed vodkas.

Some investigation reveals that special recipe vodkas with colourful and artistic labels are available for Chicago (olive and rosemary), Brooklyn (apple and ginger), Korea (coffee, almond, chili) and others, including Texas, Mexico and Buenos Aires.

I found the India version at Duty Free in Mumbai’s Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, and could not wait to try it out. Mango and black pepper flavour, fruity and spicy at the same time, which is a fair summation of India. The label is a riot of everything Indian, from elephants and tigers to auto rickshaws, dhol drums and landmark monuments.

It was designed by Mumbai artist Shaheen Baig, who won a crowd-sourced competition to produce a design representing India in a fresh and creative way. She says: “My design is synonymous with all things Indian; rich heritage, diversity, liveliness, warmth and colour.”

The only problem I foresee is… I might have to track down the rest of the collection!