Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Royce' Champagne Nama Chocolate

*sigh* Honestly, I really don't know how to start this. My mind cannot actually come up with any ideas on what will be my first blog entry. So, to make my brain cells up and running, I decided to grab some chocolates while ransacking my documents... I used to eat a lot of sweets, especially dark chocolates, when I was in college (well, until today). Why? I do it for several reasons: (1) science says that chocolates can enhance memory; (2) aside from being a fuel for thought and good taste, chocolates can put us on good mood and even bring up happy memories; lastly (3) I have the worst case of having a sweet tooth. Being aware of my addiction, I suddenly remembered my search for the well-known Nama Chocolate - a perfect treat to kick off this blog entry.

It was Friday afternoon when my good friend, Cj and I went to the newly opened Greenbelt 5 to check out some stuffs. To my surprise, after months of searching and dreaming to taste one, I finally get to experience the famous Nama Chocolate. We accidentally bumped into a Royce' stall while strolling (damn! I'm so lucky! haha!). I am a sucker for dark chocolates so I kept on trying their Bitter Nama but it was the Champagne Nama which really caught my attention. Without any second thoughts, I purchased the latter and immediately convened with my very dear friend, Yedy, to share this great discovery.

The chocolate will be wrapped in an aluminum bag when you purchase it from the store in order to keep it at a low temperature and prevent it from melting (it actually looks like a silver purse, very chic.. haha!). A dry ice (which can last about 3-5 hours depending on the outside temperature) will be also provided... nice... :D

Upon unwrapping the box you can find a booklet about other Royce' products (in Japanese characters). A small plastic "knife" is also provided. Inside the box, chocolate is yet again wrapped with another layer of plastic with Royce' logos all over it. Once you have opened this plastic, there is yet another clear plastic covering which will snap in place. I really admire the packaging... (they really know how to excite chocoholics like me... haha!)

Royce Champagne Nama Chocolate. 580Php

Finally, we get to my favorite part, the chocolate. They are beautifully arranged and partitioned in small cubes. Light cocoa powder are spread on top of the blocks to prevent them from sticking to the plastic surface (in case you shake the box too much while carrying it). Very thoughtful of Royce, such delicate delight needs a very careful handling. :D

Also, I've learned that the name of these chocolate squares came from the word "nama" meaning raw or fresh. This famous Asian confection is actually made up of 20-25% fresh cream. I can describe the taste as if I am eating cubed pieces of chocolate ganache due to the high cream content compared to other traditional chocolates. What also makes it really unique is the combination of textures and flavors - from the bitter cocoa powder to an instant, melt-in-your-mouth sensation to the mild and creamy taste - it's such an experience that every chocoholic shouldn't miss!

Savoring Nama Chocolate really made me all hyped up. I was supposed to buy a new shirt but I traded it for this new baby instead - and I have no regrets for doing so... hahaha! I have truly satisfied my cravings and upon tasting it, you'll look forward to taste the other flavors. I heard that they already have the Strawberry Nama! Waaahhh! That's what I have to try the next time! :D


  1. Bravo on this entry! What a way to start a great food blog but a wonderful feature with one of the most sinful things created on the planet...Chocolates!

    Believe it or not, I haven't tried Royce. [insert gasp here] I'll give it a shot one of these days. Hopefully I will remember to get me some the next time I stumbled upon one.

    Looking forward to more posts from you. Congratulations! Hope to see you again in one of the food trips.

    Cheers to more food and coffee! :D

  2. awwww! thanks so much b'ley! i am actually out of words... thanks a lot for inspiring and pushing me hard... see you soon. can't wait for our next laugh and food trip! cheers! :D