Calling all you praline and chocolate lovers out there! Come and be seduced by the irresistible range of Pralus Barre Infernale chocolates. These melty sensations are so damn fine they are sold out in a flash on the Hello Chocolate website. But, if you are patient, a delicious fat bar of Pralus Barre Infernale is worth the wait.
I recently started a new video series called My Chocolate Journey to share my passion for quality bean-to-bar chocolates. In the last instalment, I indulged in some decadent white chocolate bars. This time, I am succumbing to unearthly temptation by sampling four different Pralus Barre Infernale chocolates. Watch the video or keep scrolling to find out more!
What is Pralus Barre Infernale?
Pralus Barre Infernale are a series of decadent chocolate bars from Pralus House. These bean-to-bar choccies are made from Madagascan cocoa beans and possess an intense and fruity flavour. But, it is the gooey praline fillings that make these sweet treats truly exceptional.
You know when a chocolate is serious by its size and weight. Each bar of Pralus is around half an inch thick and is heavy in the hand. They are beautifully packaged in gold foil encased in waxed paper and tied with straw. When I rip open a bar of Pralus I am entranced by the metallic cackle and dazzling sparkle of the underlying foil. I feel like a little fat kid in a Willy Wonka movie who has just unwrapped a golden ticket.
The devotion behind these chocolatey sensations is François Pralus. He is so dedicated to single origin chocolate that he bought an entire cocoa plantation in Madagascar. Pralus House is located in Roanne in France and also produce wonderful pastries that are filled with more dreamy praline.
I recently sampled four popular Pralus Barre Infernale: Noir (Hazelnut), Orange, Pistache (Pistachio), and the Brut de Plantation. They cost around S$35 a bar and are absolutely worth it.
Pralus Barre Infernale Noir
This is François Pralus’ signature chocolate. This bar is made from Madagascan cocoa beans and possesses a rich and fruity flavour. The chocolate is firm, even when left out of the fridge for several hours, but quickly becomes melty when placed on the tongue. However, it is the praline that makes this bar so decadent. The rich praline, with its mousse-like consistency, is chock full of crushed hazelnuts. A bar of the Pralus Barre Infernale Noir is what heaven on earth truly means.
Pralus Barre Infernale Orange
Not many people are fond of orange in chocolate. That was me once upon a time. However, during my pregnancy last year, I began to crave marmalade. Ever since I have embraced a newfound fondness for orange desserts. The Pralus Barre Infernale Orange contains a thicker type of praline than the Noir and is flavoured with Grand Marnier liquor. Generous chunks of candied orange (fruit and peel) are wedged in the middle. The overall chocolate with filling has a firm yet slightly chewy texture. Wash it down with a mug of hot tea for the ultimate afternoon indulgence.
Pralus Barre Infernale Pistache
Of all the Pralus chocolates this one is my favourite. Words escape me. I mean, this bar is nothing short of amazing. It is better than heaven on earth. The Pralus Barre Infernale Pistache is unworldly. The chocolate is filled with a gooey pistachio paste that tastes like the real deal. There is no artificial sweetness here, baby! Even better, there are real nuggets of pistachio in there too. Both the flavour and the nutty texture remind me of my youth spent in Leichhardt, which is an Italian suburb of Sydney in Australia. On weekends we would go to Bar Italia and order a cup of deliciously crunchy pistachio gelato. Life just doesn’t get much better than this.
Pralus Barre Infernale Brut de Plantation
This bar is different from all the others and is reserved for hardcore dark chocolate lovers. The cocoa beans are sourced from the Sao Tome plantation of Claudiou Corallo. It pretty much is just a slab of your finest quality, dark chocolate with an exotic berry flavour and spicy afternotes. There is a smattering of cocoa nibs throughout which give this bar a unique texture that fragments with each bite. I didn’t like this chocolate as much as the others. While I like dark chocolate to a degree, I do not love it. I needed something creamy, such as a cup of milky coffee, to enjoy this chocolate to its maximum.
I purchase all my choccies from Hello Chocolate. You don’t need to be based in Singapore to order from here as they do international delivery. Stay tuned for more delicious reviews and vlogs coming up!