This season, Royce' brings out the Maccha or green tea Nama Chocolate.
For a while now, I've had a long, engaging love affair with Royce' Nama Chocolates. It started almost 3 years ago, when they opened their first branch in Rockwell. Initially hesitant after seeing the exorbitant prices, the chocolate aficionado in me would not have forgiven myself had I walked on along, hands bare, after assaying the alluring colored boxes inside the display glass case. It took me a couple more minutes before I said goodbye to Ninoy and Roxas and extended my arm in anticipation of this intriguing delectable. One bite of that White Nama would prove to be expedient, as all concerns about steep prices instantaneously melted along with the chocolate inside my mouth.
Since then, I've had the delectation of engorging on other Royce' confections such as the Pure Chocolate, Prafeuille Chocolat, Bar Chocolate, Petit Truffe and Chocolate Wafers. Though they're all worth their weight in gold, they still can't hold a candle to my ultimate favorite variety, the Nama, which uses fresh cream made from Hokkaido milk. A perennial flavor of choice would be the Champagne and another seasonal favorite is the Strawberry.
Blocks of indubitably the lushest and creamiest of chocolates you can buy in Manila ensconced in a flimsy quadrate plastic container stare brightly at me. The seasonal flavor in focus: Maccha. My heart skips a bit as feelings of desirousness start to consume me. It was a battle of wills, trying to restrain myself from grabbing a piece before I can achieve my perfect shot. A few more seconds and a couple of snaps later, I eagerly jabbed the plastic utensil into a single block of green chocolate enshrouded with equally green powder. I held it up against the light, scrutinizing each angle when I feel my pulse quicken in suspense. A gentle nibble allows me a cascade of velvety sweetness, with a vestige of that amiable green tea. Its silky smooth consistency screams opulence and how. This rich bonne bouche just literally melts in your mouth, intensifying feelings of lust, leaving you coveting for another box.