The first thing I noticed about this lovely box of chocolates from Jay and Roopa Rawal’s London shop Devnaa, was the almost Bollywood design. The handle was a visual riff on a classic paisley shape in gold on bright pink, and it was wrapped around a box of green and purple. Just looking at it made me smile. I loved its whimsical presentation, reminiscent of a classic tiffin box (Indian stainless steel lunch carriers), and couldn’t wait to dig in.
I sampled all six of their signature range chocolates.
Chai Masala Truffle is a fantastic concoction of milk chocolate with a lightly salted caramel interior infused with cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. I am partial to intense flavors and this gem delivers. It’s not so spicy that it overwhelms the creaminess of the chocolate, or the incredible soft caramel that urges you to bask in its sensuousness.
Speaking of lingering in nirvana, I also adored the Cardamom and Coconut Truffle in dark chocolate. (Some of these chocolates have quite thick shells. Here, the generous serving of couverture offsets the sweetness of the caramel.)
Cinnamon Crispy Praline is satisfying in a completely different way with its crunchy texture (from the inclusion of crisped rice) and strong cinnamon profile.
Saffron and Ginger Fudge is also unique with its white chocolate fudge highlighted by pieces of crystalized ginger. The center is enrobed in a thinner layer of milk chocolate, allowing the flavors and textures to meld seamlessly.
Saffron Caramel Truffle in white chocolate is sprinkled with a light dusting of pistachios, and is the subtlest piece in the collection. Their excellent caramel, once again, taking center stage.
Rose Cream, a British favorite, has a classic rose-infused fondant center in dark chocolate. Each bite hearkens back to another era, when women wore corsets and felt quite sophisticated eating chocolates infused with flower essences.
By creating unique flavor pairings and eye-catching packaging, Devnaa has carved out a niche for itself in the world wide chocolate scene.