The visual aesthetic impressed me. Seeing them on Facebook was one thing, but in front of me they more than met my expectations. Seeing the culinary skills of a young African-American male before my eyes, I had an immediate sense of pride. Phillip just turned 35, so to me he's a "young in". Luke and I stood looking at the chocolates and reading the descriptions before we reached for one. We were both fascinated by the sheer beauty and all the exotic flavors.
I reached for my first chocolate to see if taste matched the sheer beauty, and as the chocolate melted in my mouth and the ganache serenaded my taste buds, selfishness consumed me and I told Luke, "You can have ONE!" LOL
They are divine! Now, you know how you get a box of chocolates and while they look good, half of the box is ... umm ... nasty? Well, you won't have that problem. Of course there were a few that didn't sit well with my taste buds, I tend to not like savory and sugar mixed. Overall, I really enjoyed the box that Phillip sent me. Each chocolate is an exotic experience that is worth the try.
Most of you know that I have altered my diet and I'm only eating refined sugar in very limited amounts. Each night I would have me a cup of tea and a few Phillip Ashley Chocolates. It only took a week for me to max that box. Luke went home the next day and I told him to get his own chocolates. By the way, Earl Grey goes well with chocolate. Earl Grey is a black tea with a bergamot flavor which complements chocolate no matter the flavor and a great pick me up after dinner.
Let me be honest, they are a tad pricey, but so is Godiva, and I think these are equal to other fine chocolates. I'm happy that Phillip has agreed to give my readers a 15% off discount. The coupon code at check out is DIVA2014. It will show up after the subtotal. Remember, Valentine's is coming!! Shoot, treat yourself.
Lastly, I'm really impressed with Phillip Ashley Rix. He is award winning chocolatier who began, self-trained in the art of chocolate. I can relate because that's how beading has been for me. He left corporate American to follow his dream in 2012. It took a lot of guts to say, I want to make chocolates. Like huh? But in two short years, he has opened a shop in Memphis, Tennessee and is following his dream. This deserves to be supported.
Do me a favor, he is in the running for a small business grant at Federal Express. Take a second and vote for him. VOTE HERE! Voting ends February 23, 2014.