Volcanic chocolate has hit Aussie shelves. But what exactly makes this variety so special?
If you're a fan of KitKat chocolates you'll be aware that they'e not afraid to mix it up and try new formulas and flavours. We've seen cookies and cream, strawberry, dark chocolate, green tea matcha and most recently, ruby chocolate KitKats, but the latest offering is truly unique.
KitKat Chocolatory has developed a limited-release chocolate range, KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Volcanic. Made using cocoa sourced from the nutrient-rich soils of volcanic islands including Vanuatu, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, the cocoa is so rare it accounts for less than 0.2 per cent of global production.
Each creation in the range has it's own spin on the dark chocolate flavour, with Vanuatu being robustly earthy and bitter, Papua New Guinea having a fresh and fruity flavour, and the Philippines variety intensely spicy and aromatic.
Intrigued? We are too. So, we asked Connie Yuen, Head Chocolatier at KitKat Chocolatory to explain what to expect from the new volcanic chocolate KitKat:
What is volcanic chocolate?
“Sourced from the nutrient-rich soil of three volcanic islands in Vanuatu (Malekula Island), Papua New Guinea (Kulili Farm Estate from KarKar Island) and The Philippines (close to Davao City on Mindanao Island), Australia is only the second country globally to enjoy this precious range so it really is quite unique,” she says.
What sets it apart from regular dark chocolate?
“KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Volcanic brings three distinct flavours to complement our current dark chocolate offering in boutique and online.
"The cocoa used within the Australian-first collection is so scarce that it accounts for less than 0.2 per cent of global production, but interestingly these islands have been producing cocoa since as early as the 1800s," Connie tells. “The deep, rich volcanic soil and great work of these farmers helps create the incredible flavour.”
What does it taste like?
Connie reveals that each Sublime Volcanic creation is made using 70 per cent cocoa sourced from these lush volcanic islands, giving three very different flavour profiles:
“Vanuatu features cocoa sourced from Malekula Island and is robustly earthy and bitter. While currently a dormant volcano, it gets regular top-ups of volcanic ash from sister islands, and the chocolate made from the cocoa grown here has a strong aromatic aftertaste," she says.
“The volcanic ash from KarKar Island has created a gorgeously fresh and fruity flavour in KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Volcanic Papua New Guinea," Connie tells. "With a strong aroma and a subtly bitter aftertaste, this is the mildest in the collection."
“And finally, The Philippines is the most intense in the range. Biting in, you’ll notice a striking fruitiness and nuttiness that lingers on the palette, alongside a uniquely spicy and aromatic taste,” she says.
You can buy these new flavours online, or inside the KitKat Chocolatory boutique in Melbourne Central.