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Marc de Champagne – did you know…?

You might think that Marc de Champagne truffles contain Champagne.

In fact, Marc de Champagne is a spirit, usually clear, produced by distilling the ‘waste’ seeds and skins from the Champagne or indeed any wine-making process.

Generically called a ‘pomace’ spirit or brandy, pomace meaning ‘by-product’ in French, the creation of a liquor from the waste pressings of wine-making is a common practice in many countries.

Of course, it is the Critical Ingredient in the famous truffle, one of the most popular types in the world, bringing a gentle aroma and distinctive creaminess to the party. But it’s also a drink to be savoured - you might know versions of it such as Orujo in Spain, Bagaco in Portugal and most famously perhaps, Grappa in Italy. Marc de Champagne is of course the variety from the Champagne region in France, where the predominant grape is the white Chardonnay.

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Decadent Marc de Champagne Milk Chocolate Truffles Gift Box 160g

Net Weight: 160g

£20.00
Decadent Marc de Champagne Milk Chocolate Truffles [16] featuring velvety Marc de Champagne ganache within a creamy milk chocolate shell, finished with a delicate dusting of icing sugar.

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Let them know you're thinking of them with the most romantic chocolate of all. Sixteen Decadent Marc de Champagne Milk Chocolate Truffles featuring velvety Marc de Champagne ganache within a creamy milk chocolate shell, finished with a delicate dusting of icing sugar. Made in England and lovingly hand packed in to a luxury gift box finished with a limited edition Valentine's sleeve.

Open your heart and personalise the gift card with your special message.

Also available for an ideal birthday, anniversary, or house warming gift, just add a note for the occasion at checkout.
Our finest East India Company chocolates and truffles have a unique couverture perfected with careful consideration of cacao percentage to express the sweetness and intensity of the chocolate flavour and make the luscious ingredients even better.

Couvertures are single origin from the Cote d’Ivoire and the cacao is traceable to plantation and purchased directly from the farmers’ consortium.
Every product sold by the East India Company contains an element that is the very finest the world has to offer. We call it our "Critical Ingredient".

It may be an ingredient.
It may be a technique.
It may be the skill of the maker.
It may be a small constituent, but it is always the essential one.

It is our dedication to sourcing and selecting these critical ingredients that make our products unique, valuable, and extraordinary.

Our range of chocolates are built upon these critical ingredients – only the highest quality, natural ingredients combined with traditional recipes and innovative artisan skills to create unique tastes. This gives our chocolates their exquisite flavour and sets them apart.

Ingredients

White Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Milk Powder, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin, Natural Vanilla Flavour), Dark Chocolate (Cocoa Mass, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin), Sea Salt Caramel (Whipping Cream (Milk), Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Water, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Preservative: Sorbic Acid), Caramelised Hazelnuts (Hazelnuts, Sugar, Salt ), Cocoa Powder, Light Hazelnut Paste (Sugar, Hazelnuts, Cocoa Butter), Freeze Dried Strawberry, Cocoa Butter, Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin). Dark chocolate cocoa solids minimum 62%. Milk chocolate cocoa solids minimum 38%. Milk solids minimum 24%.

Allergens

May contain traces of other tree nuts, wheat, and barley. Not Suitable for nut, wheat, and gluten allergy sufferers.

Contains soya, milk, hazelnut



Nutrition

Typical values 100g – Energy: 2240kj/535kcal | Fat: 35.5g, of which saturates: 14.5g | Carbohydrate: 46.2g, of which sugars: 41.1g | Protein: 7.2g | Salt 0.30g



Storage

Store in a cool dry place. Avoid direct sunlight. 15°C to 18°C. Once opened consume within 30 days.

Stories

The London Chocolate Houses

London arrived rather late to the chocolate party... Cocoa was used as a beverage over 2000 years ago by the Mayans, who, like the later Aztecs, used cocoa as a special occasion beverage, to reward brave warriors and as an aphrodisiac. Both empires also used cocoa beans as currency.

Columbus first brought cocoa back to Spain in 1502 to little acclaim but after Cortes conquered Montezuma and the Aztecs, he successfully introduced cocoa, transformed from bitterness with sugar or honey, to the Spanish court, saying “One of this precious drink allows a man to walk a whole day without taking nourishment.”

Chocolate soon arrived in Britain, being first sold in 1657 in The Coffee Mill & Tobacco Roll. It was all things to all people: to some, as with the Aztecs, it was the viagra of the day; to others including Samuel Pepys, a hangover cure.

London Chocolate Houses also became the fashionable meeting places for the elite of London society, as well as being dens of iniquity for the colourful characters of London. The surviving White’s Chocolate House was like all, an all-male establishment, charging a penny for entrance, whilst The Cocoa Tree in Pall Mall saw Tory strategy developed over cups of chocolate.

The East India Company did trade in cocoa, paying 2 shillings in tax per pound of cocoa imported by 1760, the equivalent to one day’s wages, for these beguiling cargoes of cocoa from far off lands, but in truth was more engaged in tea than chocolate. And industrialisation made chocolate a food for the masses around this time and Chocolate Houses soon fell out of fashion.

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  • FAQ

    Does the Marc de Champagne truffle contain alcohol, and if so, how much?
    Yes, our Marc de Champagne truffle does contain alcohol, but only a very small amount - too much will spoil the experience completely. In fact, it’s about 2% of the total ingredient, each truffle weighing 10g – so just enough to flavour it delightfully.

    Is Marc de Champagne a type of Champagne?
    No, although many assume it is. In fact, Marc de Champagne is a spirit, usually clear, produced by distilling the ‘waste’ seeds and skins from the Champagne or indeed any wine-making process. If you would like to find our more, look ‘Behind the Craft’ [click on the sidebar at the top of the page!]

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