Demochoco had the gourmands in us clawing for these bite-sized powdered cubes. Creator Jialiang Lim began his journey as a student in Paris, taking his love of combining flavours with cocoa to create something innovative. We sampled green tea truffles ($20), made with Marukyu-koyamaen matcha from Kyoto, as well as the Marco Polo ($20) and Earl Grey bites ($20), both created with Mariage Frères teas imported from Paris. A cat mascot sits on the Singapurr Story ($20) box, which hides rich dollops of gula Melaka and coconut.
The soft textures of the truffles belie their intense flavours. The Earl Grey bonbons are hands-down the best of the lot, with a strong perfume of bergamot balanced with dark chocolate. Matcha is also a winner, although it didn’t really taste anything like your typical chocolate, and opinions were split over whether it was better than Royce. We were optimistic about Singapurr Story – because who can resist a cat pun – except it really didn't taste much like chocolate at all but a fancy take on a local dessert. Marco Polo is decadent, with a multi-dimensional flavour that evolves from slightly bitter to a finish that's quite like white chocolate.
Oh, and the chocolates are quick to melt, so don't make plans to hand-deliver them to your girlfriend in Pasir Ris without first packing them in an ice box.