Chef Michael Antonorisi Collaborates with Godiva

Godiva, well known for its truffles and luxurious chocolates, has decided to mix up the classic treats for which they are so well known. By joining with Venezuelan chocolatier Michael Antonorsi of San Diego area’s Chuao Chocolatier, the company has left plain dark chocolate behind and switched it for flavors like breadcrumbs, wine, and even pop rocks.

The press event, held in the Madison Avenue flagship, featured all of Antonorsi’s limited edition chocolates for Godiva, none which tasted anything like chocolates Godiva has previously offered. These are all about mixing salty, bitter, and spicy with traditional chocolate notes.

Salted Chocolate Crunch – Toasted panko bread crumbs and olive oil ganache with a touch of sea salt in decadent dark chocolate

By far my favorite chocolate of the night. Crisp chocolate surrounding smooth, dark, sweet ganache that finished with a bit of crunch and salt. The ideal mixture of creamy, crunchy, sweet, and salty.  It is like a grown up Nestle Crunch bar, made with higher quality ingredients more subtle shades of flavor.

Nut & Honeylicious – Sweet honey almond hazelnut praline and luscious milk chocolate  and Salted Caramel Spice – Rosemary-infused salt butter caramel in creamy milk chocolate.

While the Nut & Honeylicious chocolate was tasty enough – sweet with notes of honey, and hearty with the toasted praline – the Salted Caramel Spice was just outstanding. Mixed with the creamy milk chocolate was a strong taste of rosemary, heady and piney next to the sugar in the liquidy caramel. If you don’t like rosemary this isn’t for you, but if you do like it, it’s positively eye opening. Rosemary breaks through the sometimes cloying sweetness of milk chocolate, bringing out its savory and grounded notes.

Firecracker Fudge –  Caramel chipotle fudge and a touch of salt exploding with layers of popping candy and dark chocolate

This is interesting. The first taste is pure, pleasantly deep dark chocolate. Them, all at once, it feels like you have swallowed (true to its name) a tiny firecracker.  Crackling and popping all over the inside of your mouth, till you can feel it echoing in your ears. Here is where the heat comes through, the smoky, gentle fire of the chipotle. This is very complex, and – I must admit – not to my liking. I have to admire the ambition of it, though, and could see how others might enjoy it.

The recent collection with Chef Antonorisi is interesting in the best way possible. It is unexpected, it is exciting, and it is delicious. These chocolates are limited edition, so head to Godiva whilst they are still there and treat yourself to some of these unique chocolates!

Of course…a regular old truffle isn’t too bad either!

*I attended a press sponsored event. I was not paid or required to to write about the product, and my opinions are my own and, I feel, unbiased.*