BETA5 Chocolates recently hosted another event for Easter, which features a few limited edition cream puffs and a magnificent hollow chocolate egg. To be transparent, I would like to say that these were complimentary, due to an order mix-up from an earlier visit, but my thoughts and opinions are my own and I try to be as honest and accurate as possible in my reviews regardless.
The best cream puff flavour is the Strawberry Cheesecake Puff. The cream puff is essentially like a cream cheese parfait, with layers of strawberry mousse, graham cracker crumbs, caramelized white chocolate “hay”, and a strawberry-almond mini egg.
Everything about this cream puff was light and well-composed. No flavour outshone the other, but instead blended together perfectly into one cohesive dish. It really felt like I was eating a super fluffy strawberry cheesecake! The puff pastry shell, graham cracker crumbs, and chocolate hay were delicate and brittle, and the mousse tasted like strawberries and cream. It wasn’t as rich and heavy as I had expected, which was awesome, and the mini egg on top is so cute and dense, with classic flavours, though uniquely different from the average milk chocolate egg.
The Peanut Butter Bunny Puff is composed of peanut butter, banana mousse, a thin layer of chocolate cake, and milk chocolate mousse. It looks adorable, like a bunny sticking its cute little butt from a rabbit hole!
The pastry, itself, is light, airy, and filled with decadent mousse. This cream puff was the heaviest one in the box, with a richer, more savoury profile overall due to the peanut butter. I wasn’t expecting this, but I think they used salted peanut butter inside, which I thought made the entire dessert taste a little too savoury. Don’t get me wrong, I love peanut butter like crazy, and I do enjoy salted desserts, but the seasoning was a bit heavy-handed and overpowered the other great flavours.
Next up is the Lychee Rose Cream Puff. This one was one of the more beautiful cream puffs I’ve seen, and looked like something out of a fairy-tale or from Alice in Wonderland!
Piped to the brim with lychee mousse, and overflowing with rose petal chantilly cream, this is a dessert to behold. Raspberry jelly is both scattered inside the dessert and decorated on top, to enhance its sweetness and to help cut the richness of the cream. Like the others, the cream puff is lighter than I had expected, and not too rich at all. You may want to reach for a cup of tea or coffee to match the sweetness of the jam and raspberry macaron cookie. To my disappoint, the amount of raspberry jam greatly overshadowed everything else, so I did not get much lychee. I did, however, love the aesthetics and the raspberry-forward flavour!
To finish up the box of cream puffs is the Malted Chocolate Cream Puff. This cutie is made with malted dark chocolate cremeux, vanilla bean custard, and dark chocolate.
Surprisingly, this was yet another light dessert, contrary to the amount of chocolate and cream inside! What would be otherwise too sweet is smartly countered by the usage of bitter dark chocolate. I thought it tasted like a smooth, cool chocolate pudding. Really easy to eat and nice for any chocolate lover!
Unfortunately, the Peanut Butter Bunny Puff and the Strawberry Cheesecake Puff are only available for Easter this year, but there are still plenty of opportunities to eat your way through their regular menu. The other two featured puffs – the Lychee Rose Cream Puff and the Malted Chocolate Cream Puff – seem to be consistent flavour offerings, so you can likely grab these any time of the year.
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