by Pallavi Purani

Royce India @JWMarriottBLR @RoyceIndia #chocperience

My first reaction to the invite was “Let me google the brand- Royce” the more i read about it, the more the chocolate invited me. I landed on [this newspaper article](http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-07-12/news/40536719_1_royce-food

My first reaction to the invite was “Let me google the brand- Royce” the more i read about it, the more the chocolate invited me. I landed on this newspaper article as well. I did raise a brow but my recent trip to towness was all organic and imported, all I did was a SIGH!!

On reaching the venue, JW Marriot, I was ushered to Bengaluru Baking Company. The wide, open welcoming space was a treat. After delicately picking the wine glass, I landed in heaven.

There was an assortment of chocolate available on a round table with a neat bowl to keep the wrappers in.

Let me list down them all and my comments about each:

Potato Chip Chocolate- Storage Temperature: Below 25°C | Shelf Life: 1 month | Content: 190g {I absolutely LOVED this one. Topped my chart for the day}

Chocolate wafer: Storage Temperature: Below 25°C | Shelf Life: 3 months |Content: 12pcs (This one didn’t catch my fancy much as I am not a fan of wafer chocolate. However the nutty bar was a hit among others who were present}

Nama Chocolate Ghana Bitter: Storage Temperature: 10°C or below | Shelf Life: 1 month | Content: 20pcs (190g) {This was my second favorite among the lot. The delicate pieces of chocolate were melt in the mouth.}

Nama Chocolate Ecuador sweet: Storage Temperature: 10°C or below | Shelf Life: 1 month | Content: 20pcs (190g) { A little sweet for my palette but it had a clean cacao finish as an after taste}

Nama Chocolate Mild Cocoa:  10°C or below | Shelf Life: 1 month | Content: 20pcs (190g) {Unfortunately I didnt get to taste this one as it was over. That definately says a lot 🙂 Must have been a charmer}

Chocolate Education Set- It was a lovely box with information about the Royce chocolates (It was all in Japanese)

Royce Pure chocolate- Creamy Milk and White: Cacao 37% & 37%Storage | Temperature: Below 25°C  | Shelf Life: 3 months | Content: 40pcs (20pcs each) {I am a sucker for white chocolate too, apart from the bitter, oh Good Lord I was in paradise. The milky white chocolate circles of goodness were impeccable and full bodied}

Royce Pure chocolate- Sweet and Classic Milk : Cacao 56% & 43%Storage | Temperature: Below 25°C | Shelf Life: 3 months | Content: 40pcs (20pcs each)

Royce Pure chocolate- Ghana Sweet and Venezuela Bitter: Cacao 60% & 69%Storage |Temperature: Below 25°C | Shelf Life: 3 months | Content: 40pcs (20pcs each) {The first thing that came to my mind when I tasted the Venezuela was, Oh I want to make a gorgeous mousse with this one 😀 The combo box is a bitter sweet harmony}

Criollo Chocolate- Bitter: Cacao 65%Storage | Temperature: Below 25°C | Shelf Life: 3 months | Content: 24pcs {Criollo are rare cocoa beans and Royce has a couple of variety to offer.- Butter and Sweet}

Criollo Chocolate- Sweet: Cacao 52%Storage |Temperature: Below 25°C | Shelf Life: 3 months | Content: 24pcs.

Baton Cookies- hazelnut and cacoa nibs: Storage Temperature: Below 25°C | Shelf Life: 3 months | Content: 25pcs {The cacoa nibs were the winner for me, the batons were of a well made shortbread consistency}

Baton Cookies- Coconut:  Storage Temperature: Below 25°C | Shelf Life: 3 months | Content: 25pcs  {Naah not a fan of coconut in chocolate, excused myself politely}

Nutty Bar chocolate: Storage Temperature: Below 25°C | Shelf Life: 3 months | Content: 18pcs {These gorgeous bars were full of macadamia, almonds, pecans and rice crisps. The kiddo invitees could not stay away from these. I thoroughly enjoyed myself too}

Apart from this I got to interact with Chef Jolly, who jokingly pointed out that he always thought that Royce chocolates were the Rolls Royce of all the chocolates. Well in a way I would say he was kinda right. When the average price is on the higher side, one might believe him to be true.

Source: http://www.verveonline.com/116/life/scapes-food.shtml

He also mentioned that how the proprietor of the Chocolate giant, was at first exporting chocolate making machines to Belgium. Later they started making their own version of chocolates. It was a story of rising above and doing that extra bit.

Chef Jolly lives upto his name and was extremely cordial and welcoming.

What also caught my fancy was the way the delicate chocolates were packed. The Nama especially come with a dry ice bag that maintain the temperature till the time the customer puts them in the fridge/ at a cooler place.

Source: http://tummybliss.blogspot.in/2011/01/royce-chocolate.html

The evening was complete with wine, Chicken on Skewers and Vegetarian Tempura bites. My only complain shall be for the food that was ice cold. Royce made up for the lags in more ways than possible.

Price: Avg 800.

Rating: 4.5/5 (Only for the chocolate and wine)

Where: JW Marriott Bangalore, Bengaluru Baking Company.

24/1, Vittal Mallya Rd, Ashok Nagar,, Bangalore, Karnataka 560001.

Website: www.e-royce.com

Cheers,

Pallavi



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