It's new, and it's pink
Last week, Barry Callebaut, Zurich-based manufacturer of chocolate and cocoa products, revealed Ruby chocolate, which is made using the Ruby cocoa bean sourced from Ecuador and Brazil. Slated to hit the shelves by early next year, the chocolate has an intrinsic sweet-and-sour berry-like flavour and pink colour derived from the bean's reddish hue. The fourth type of chocolate (others are dark, milk and white) comes 80 years after Nestlé's white chocolate.
Pink pavlova ice cream
Co-founder, Bono Boutique Ice Cream
'I would create a creamy and smooth pink chocolate ice cream. It would be studded with crushed marshmallows and [French] meringue, which would enhance the chocolate's berry-like flavour.
This would go perfectly with a glass of Rose.'
Cardamom and ruby chocolate shahi Tukda
'The idea is to enhance the richness of the Indian Shahi Tukda. I would use brioche bread as the base and instead of traditional custard, I would make crème anglaise with cardamom and Ruby chocolate. The dessert would be presented as a tiered gateau, topped with a crumble of nankhatai, featuring a liquid Ruby chocolate ganache centre that would add texture to it.'
Co-founder, The Omakase Kitchen
'Reports suggest that Ruby chocolate's flavour profile is along the lines of berries. Assuming that, I would pair it with flavours like vanilla and citrus, which go well with tangy taste.
Currently, I am obsessed with trying different versions of mochi, the traditional Japanese dessert that we serve at The Omakase Kitchen. So, I would create a Ruby Mochi, with Ruby chocolate ganache and candied yuzu strips encased within the chewy and sticky rice cake.'
Ruby fraisier cake
Founder and creative head, La Folie India
'On my recent visit to the US, I tried Ruby chocolate with chef Jean-Marie Auboine in his factory. It tastes naturally of berries and has great acidity, so it's less sweet and more premium than white chocolate. I would use it to reinvent the classic Fraisier cake with strawberries. Ruby chocolate's flavour is also more pronounced when paired with cream cheese and fruits. If launched in India by February, I'll create a Valentine's Day special with the chocolate and pair it with champagne.
I already know chefs around the world who are planning to create champagne-flavoured pâte de fruit and coating it with Ruby chocolate. However, consumers will need to shell out more since the chocolate's production is at a nascent stage, with more demand than supply.'