As much as it seems like I blog about everything, I actually leave many eating adventures out. Case in point, I've had BETA5 treats countless times without actually putting it into text and pictures. Finally, the day had come. I actually went on my own (not a food tour, event nor someone bringing it to a party) and got myself a healthy (ironic description) amount of their cream puffs and some chocolate-covered cherries. Also, I'll throw in some chocolates I've had in the past to make this post complete.
Okay, the whole point of the visit was for their Cream Puffs (which my daughter loves... as with macarons... expensive tastes!). Starting from the top left and clockwise, I got one each of the Vanilla, Coconut & Passionfruit (actually got 2 because I love them), 85% Dark Chocolate & Caramel, Blueberry Yuzu, Milk Chocolate S'More, Black Forest, Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate Praline. They're not cheap at $4.50 each (9 for $35.00), but for me at least, they are well worth it. Why? Well, if they are eaten fresh, the puff themselves are light and crispy on the outside. Furthermore, I find their flavours to be on point and not crazy sweet. One of my favourites is the Salted Caramel as it has just enough salt to enhance the rich sweetness. I tried the Vanilla and it was a little mild custardy with cream. The 85% Dark Chocolate was as we expected with a rich chocolatey hit with only mild sweetness. For me, my absolute favourite is the Coconut & Passionfruit as it has a good balance of flavours where it blends sweetness with a nice tart zing.
Heck, since I got almost all of the flavours (except for Banana Cream), I sampled the rest including the Black Forrest. This one was predictably sweeter due to the cherry glaze and icing on top. Not bad, but not my favourite. The Milk Chocolate S'More was more creamy than smores-like as there was only a modest amount of toasted marshmallow on top. I didn't mind it though as it wasn't sickeningly sweet. Another one in the "meh" category (at least for me) was the Milk Chocolate Praline as it was heavy and sweeter than the rest as there was crunchy praline on top and a chunk of chocolate ganache atop a brownie-like cake. Pretty heavy. However, the last one, being the Blueberry Yuzu, did bring things back to the lighter side. By virtue of the yuzu, the cream was tart and citrusy.
While I was waiting for my order to be filled, I sampled their Sun-dried Okanagan Cherry Pebbles coated with 63% dark chocolate and dusted with cocoa powder. These were good with large, sweet dried cherries covered with rich dark chocolate. Previously, I was able to sample their award-winning Chocolates that included Imperial Stout, Caramelized Banana, Coconut-Lime, Olive Oil, Early Grey, Espresso, Jasmine Tea, Nikka Whiskey, Lemon Verbena, Crispy Prailine, 72% Dark and Tobacco. Definitely interesting flavours and honestly, I'm not going to talk about them all in depth. However, I can say that the flavours were purposeful and identifiable while the chocolate themselves were high quality. The sheen, aroma and silkiness after the initial firm bite made these legit. Very good chocolates. And there are even more products beyond what I sampled. I suggest you pay them a visit to see for yourself.
- Owners obviously care immensely about their product
- Purposeful flavours
- Just plain awesome
- Quality and awesomeness comes at a price
- Interesting, yet awkward location