Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. – Forrest Gump

Good chocolate is what pure love tastes like. It makes the world a better place; it makes you a better person. Chocolate is an instant serotonin booster, making period days tolerable. Heck, it helps witches and wizards recover from encounters with dementors!

Chocolate is a serious business and is not for everyone to play with. Hence, when I received a box of handmade chocolate from Mano Bakery in Kalanki, I was already skeptical.

Price: Rs. 350 for a box of 9 pieces

Packaging: Full marks for the packaging. The lime green box with the golden emblem looks attractive and luxurious; suitable for gifting purpose. The bite-size chocolates are placed in a sliding box inside — very convenient.

First look: It is a box full of popping colors! I immediately noticed a bright yellow smiley on a heart, the soft pink with swirls, the purple stars and the soft whites. There were nine pieces in the box, and it made an overall good first impression.

Taste Test: Let’s start with a disclaimer that I am no chocolate connoisseur. That being said, I’ve had enough chocolates in my lifetime to know when it doesn’t hit the spot. The box I received had an assortment of colored and flavored white chocolates. White chocolate doesn’t appeal to me as much as the sinfully dark ones, but a good white chocolate is always better than nothing. The plain white chocolate pieces had a sweet and creamy aroma and felt smooth and rich as it melted in the mouth. Sadly, these were the only ones I liked from the box.

The rest of the colored pieces had an overwhelming fruity aroma and taste. The very first nibble of these flavored chocolates tasted like nothing. It took some time for the flavors to release and when it did, it was too powerful. The white chocolate came in slow, late and remained in the background. The flavors crippled the creaminess of the white chocolate rather than help it shine. It is always a shame when the complimenting ingredients overshadow the hero of the dish, and that is why this box of chocolates failed to win me over.

Overall verdict: The chocolates from Mano Bakery needs revision. I sincerely wish the team will work on balancing out the flavors and keep the chocolate at the center. Because at the moment, these are best suited for kids who will eat anything that has sugar in it.

Akriti Shilpakar loves to write, read, and eat. She also occasionally jots down her thoughts on the blog The Chip in my Brain 

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