Two Henley companies Gorvett & Stone and Mr Hobbs Gin have joined together to create a new gin chocolate truffle which are flying off the shelves this Christmas.
The new partnership was initiated by Suzy Hobbs who said, “I was looking for something else to take to some Christmas events I was planning with different price points. I love chocolate and I thought how good would it be to create a gin truffle. I approached Matt at Gorvett & Stone as I like to support everything local and he loved the idea as much as I did.”
The truffle is made up of a milk chocolate ganache and fresh cream plus of course Mr Hobbs Gin and orange oil. Matt said, “We gave Suzy lots of samples to try but the one she chose was the one with orange in and orange peel on the top as orange is the recommended fruit to serve with Mr Hobbs Gin. The idea seemed such a lovely idea when we were approached. It is great to work with a local supplier – it is the perfect thing to do. The sales are fabulous for a brand new product.”
Mr Hobbs Gin was launched in May this year and is named after Mr Harry Hobbs founder of Hobbs and Son in 1870 and publican of The Ship Hotel who was often seen in his punt enjoying his home-distilled gin. The secret recipe was recently discovered on the back of an old framed photograph of himself, along with step by step instructions to make it. The gin brings together popular botanicals such as angelica and marshmallow, with added lemon peel, juniper, orris root and lime leaf oil for a modern twist.
The truffles are sold in 100g bags (12 truffles) priced £7.95 and 200g boxes (24 truffles) priced £18.95 and are available at Gorvett & Stone in Duke Street or from Hobbs of Henley boatyard in Station Road.