Last night I had the incredible opportunity to join 4 other bloggers for a menu tasting at Bar Cocoa, located in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. Upon my arrival I was greeted with a glass of champagne and a tower of maraons. I knew then and there this was going to be a good night indeed.
The extensive varieties of the macarons that can be found at Bar Cocoa is enough to keep visitors coming back again and again. Some of the flavors include Chocolate, Vanilla, Lemon, Pistachio, and Orange Creamsicle just to name a few. Their most popular macaron is red velvet and the newest member to join this already extensive flavor list is blueberry lavender. Obviously, I chose these two flavors to start with and as expected they were both amazing.
Moving right along, we were handed two different gelato flavors: Peach Mango and Honey Pecan. The pecans alone are worthy of a spot on their menu.
Just when I thought the night couldn’t get any better we were each handed our own little plate with an assortment of éclairs. These are not currently on the menu at Bar Cocoa but will be making an appearance very soon. Get excited my friends because these éclairs and the combination of flavors used are simply genius. From front to back we have the Classic, S’mores , Pistachio and Strawberry (my favorite), Raspberry and Rose, and Caramel. Now I know why we were each given our own plate as these delicious treats are not made for sharing.
Next up we have the Ritz-Carlton signature cake with dark chocolate, grand marnier and candid orange. It’s rich and fudgy, just as a chocolate cake should be, and simply worth the visit to any Ritz Carlton property.
Ending the night with three different milkshakes was the right thing to do. These tasty and cool concoctions will be made available this summer. From left to right we have Cookies & Cream, Banana Caramel, and Double Chocolate made with chocolate hazelnut gelato. When in doubt, choose all three.
If you are interested in learning how to make some of these amazing desserts and much more Bar Cocoa offers cooking classes twice a month. For only $75 you get to spend three hours with the talented pastry chefs learning some of their secrets to making and creating these delectable desserts. If you are interested in signing up and would like a partner in crime I will be happy to attend any and all of these classes.
Below is a picture with the other lucky taste testers with Jeanette Payne, the pastry sous chef at Bar Cocoa.
Thank you Bar Cocoa for an incredible tasting experience. I am excited about all the new additions to the menu and I look forward to going back soon to try out some of the items we did not get to. The cupcakes were staring me down as I was leaving, or perhaps it was the other way around.