This Valentine’s Day, enjoy chocolate without the guilt with Aneesh Popat’s signature selection of water-based ganache. His revolutionary approach to chocolate-making has resulted in a ganache which contains 40-50% less calories than standard truffles, and boasts an immediate high impact flavour and then a fresh clean palate. What’s not to love?
Voted amongst the 1000 most influential Londoners 2013, award winning chocolatier Aneesh Popat has showcased his creations at Michelin starred restaurants and to Royalty. Born in Britain and Indian by heritage, Aneesh has fused his mastery of Eastern spices with Western influences, as reflected in his chocolate creations which range from rose and cinnamon ganache to his famous chilli and lime truffle. His love for science has led him to apply both his mathematical and scientific backgrounds to create the most unique and experimental flavour combinations with utmost precision and creativity by studying flavour components on a chemical level.
Passion for exploration leads Aneesh to continually push boundaries with his adventurous flavours but his chocolate making techniques are also just as advanced.
“Chocolate + Water = Chocolate. In the pursuit of pure flavour, all of my chocolate ganaches are water based”.
Aneesh’s chocolate truffles are made with water and are completely void of cream and butter. Water having no real taste of its own allows for the chocolate to do all the speaking. Pairing fine chocolates with water, fruit purées, spices, nuts and herbs means this is all there is to taste. There is no thick cream masking any flavour. There is no butter coating your palate. The result? A beautifully smooth chocolate which melts luxuriously but does not leave a sticky residue in the mouth.
A convenient coincidence of his methods is that his truffles, titled “the truffle that cuts calories” by The Times, contain 40-50% less calories than standard truffles. There is no surprise over the popularity of a truffle designed for flavour having half the calories.
Inspired by the technique discovered by French chemist Dr. Hervé This, Aneesh has gone on to deliver an astonishing transparency and honesty in flavour. He has been able to create remarkable flavour profiles based on meticulous studies on aromas. Note his chocolates by their signature: immediate high impact flavour and then a fresh clean palate.