Years ago I loved Marie Brizard Chocolate Royale (I think it was “Royale” back in the day), then it was no longer available in my market, and apparently disappeared completely. What a joy to find it again, although it has had a re-branding and was brought out as new product about a year ago. I can’t taste the old and the new side by side so I can’t tell you exactly what has changed, if anything, but as I said, I loved it then and I love it now. This is beautiful chocolate, smooth and silky and deeply, deeply chocolate without being cloyingly rich. And yes, it is a product of Bordeaux. See and UPDATE below.
From the label:
An elegant French dark chocolate liqueur for true gourmet lovers.
Cocktail aficionados and chocolate connoisseurs will delight in the newest offering from Marie Brizard Liqueurs, world renowned French purveyor of spirits and liqueurs since 1755, as they introduce Chocolat Royal Liqueur. Made with the world’s best cocoa beans, Chocolat Royal is the only super-premium dark chocolate liqueur and combines delicate aromatic notes of vanilla and caramel with sweet intense chocolate to create a liqueur that enriches the senses. Impeccable on the rocks, in coffee or over dessert, Chocolat Royal is as versatile as it is flavorful.
Marie Brizard Chocolat Royal is lovely served over just a little shaved ice, but it stands on it own as divine chocolate in liquid form, all by itself – no ice, just chocolate. Hubby likes it better on-the-rocks, I like it best straight but admit, a little shaved ice with my Chocolat Royal will be nice on the patio, if it ever warms up. A perfect dessert drizzled on quality very rich vanilla ice cream. (Remember to give the bottle a good shake before pouring.)
There was a real Marie Brizard in Bordeaux. She nursed a sailor back to health, and to show his appreciation, he shared his recipe for what would become the foundation for world-renowned liqueurs, Marie Brizard Anisette. Ms. Brizard and her nephew Jean Baptiste Roger formed the company in 1755. There are several product categories, Anisette (shared with no other product), the Essence Range, the Relaxing Range, the Syrups, and the Savour Range, which includes Chocolat Royal and Grand’Orange (which I’m on the hunt for). Read a little more history on Marie Brizard at Good Spirit News.
Today, everyone wants to make a cocktail out of all things alcohol, and cocktails made with chocolate are a big thing, so if you prefer to shake it up, find some chocolate-based cocktails here. Bahama Bob’s Rumstyles has three recipes developed in his Rum Lab. Chocolat Royal is 17% alcohol by volume (34 proof). I see a wide-spread in prices, but generally, at $25 or slightly under for a .750ml. Imperial Brands is the U.S. importer. Marie Brizard has a fund Facebook page, check it out here – more recipes.
UPDATE: A commenter on this article has made a liquid Mounds candy bar. Since I love Mounds, I think I’ll try it. Here’s how you can do it too:
“Another great way to use this is to mix equal parts Sobieski Coconut and Chocolat Royal. It tastes just like a Mounds candy bar!!”
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