Valrhona launches second blonde chocolate

French chocolatier Valrhona has introduced its second blonde chocolate – Orelys.

Orelys, which the company says has taken four years of research, combines blonde chocolate with Mauritian dark muscovado sugar. The sugar is obtained from natural sugar cane, which is juiced, heated, dried and ground down. This is said to yield a naturally high molasses content, moist texture and a brow hue, which in turn gives the chocolate its natural gold-inflected colour and aromatic liqourice notes.

Orelys is a 35% couverture and can be used in moulded products, bars, mousses, cream mixes, ganaches, ice creams and sorbets. Valrhona says its biscuit liqourice notes means it works well with spices such as cinnamon, vanilla, cloves and paprika, as well as fruits, including banana, lemon zest and kiwi. The company adds that it also complements mint, Champagne and coffee flavours.

Orelys is available from Classic Fine Foods as a 3kg of beans, priced at £48.68.

Valrhona’s first blonde chocolate, Dulcey, was launched in 2012.

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