There are so many sayings about chocolate. But I like this one:
“Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies.” – John Q. Tullius
I don’t know many people who don’t like chocolate, but to be honest, I once met a girl who was allergic to it. I remember being in awe when I heard that she couldn’t eat chocolate. This post wouldn’t be for her, but for you chocolate lovers out there, read on!
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, these lightly flavoured Earl Grey Nama Chocolates would make the perfect gift for the chocoholic in your life.
Imagine a small piece of rich, velvety, smooth creamy chocolate that melts in your mouth… doesn’t that sound divine? If you’ve had ROYCE Nama chocolate or Melty Kiss from Japan, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
If you haven’t, well I’m here to tell you that you can recreate nama chocolate in your own home, with only 4 simple ingredients.
What is nama chocolate? Basically, nama chocolate is a super thick ganache — think truffles, but in tiny square form. Made with high quality chocolate, melted in heavy cream, chilled until it’s firm, cut and dusted with cocoa powder.
It’s that simple! Typically, nama chocolates do contain liqueur to enhance the chocolate flavour, but I’ve kept it simple by not opting to use liqueur.
For this flavour combination, I picked earl grey and chocolate since I love the pairing of fragrant tea with chocolate. The best way to do this is to infuse the heavy cream with the earl grey tea. Be sure to use a good quality earl grey tea and choose a high quality bittersweet chocolate. You can switch up the flavour to whatever you like. And if you like your chocolate milder, switch it up to a semi-sweet chocolate.
Easy, yet luxurious enough for an occasion such as Valentine’s Day. And who doesn’t like handmade gifts from the heart? You’ll be sure to impress your significant other when you surprise him or her with a box of these delicious homemade earl grey nama chocolates. If you love Earl Grey as much as I do, check out my Earl Grey Milk Jam Spread, or if you’re feeling a little more ambitious, this Japanese Cotton Cheesecake would be the perfect dessert for your Valentine’s Day dinner.
Earl Grey Nama Chocolate
Yield: 24 small pieces
1/4 C heavy cream
100g bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
1 Earl Grey tea bag (I used one from Trader Joe’s)
1 tsp cocoa powder, sifted
Prepare a small 4″ by 3″ container and line it with parchment paper. (You can use a smaller container if you have one on hand; just keep in mind your chocolates will be more thicker, and conversely, if you have a larger container, your chocolates will be thinner).
Pour the heavy cream into a small sauce pan and place the earl grey tea bag in it. Bring the cream to a simmer over low heat. Press down on the tea bag gently with a silicone spatula to help infuse the tea into the cream.
When the cream has come to a simmer, remove the tea bag and discard. Take the sauce pan off the heat and whisk the chopped chocolate into the heavy cream. Stir until the mixture is smooth.
Pour into the prepared container and tap it to release any trapped air bubbles. Smooth out the top with a spatula, cover, and place into the refrigerator for at least 4-5 hours.
Remove from refrigerator and using a serrated knife, cut into small pieces. Dust the top with cocoa powder. Serve nama chocolate chilled.
May be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in a clean, airtight container.