Admittedly, chocolate is probably not on the list of things that immediately comes to mind when speaking of Hungary. Sooner or later however, that particular list will eventually have to be updated as there is a new generation of Hungarian chocolatiers who started to make a name for themselves. They work hard to learn the secrets of this mystical trade from the very best chocolatiers worldwide. Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé definitely belongs to this group of rising stars (Rózsavölgyi means from the valley of the roses and csokoládé stands for chocolate in Hungarian).
Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé is a chocolate manufactory founded by Zsolt Szabad and Katalin Csiszar (husband and wife) in 2004, shortly after the birth of their eldest son. As the legend goes, up until today the couple still does not have a logical explanation to the question “Why of all things chocolate?” – as they have just followed their natural instincts and their quest for perfection. It could have been any other sector – so they say. The rest is history . . .
The chocolate manufactory is located in a former mill building in Soroksar, a Southern suburb of Budapest. Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé follows the ‘bean to bar’ principle and prides itself to source its cocoa beans directly from the farmers in Venezuela and Madagascar who they regularly visit and the benefits of which are multisided: farmers get the full price for their product as there are no middle men, while the chocolatiers are also able to source rare cocoa beans that otherwise are extremely hard to find on the market, which again supports the farmers’ vision to save rare cocoa bean species and fight against monocultures. Other – strictly organic – ingredients of the chocolate creations by Rózsavölgyi come from certified Hungarian farmers. As with everything in any sector: it is all about the ingredients.
Rózsavölgyi operates a lovely confectionary store downtown Budapest where they showcase their ever growing chocolate assortment and just as importantly shop owners and chocolatiers can directly talk to their customers and educate them about the various tastes, cocoa beans, production process and other topics that customers are interested in – resulting in a rewarding experience for both parties.
Hard work of the past nine years is being paid off to Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé as shortly after the start they began to win prestigious awards and prizes with their chocolates as well as with the artistically designed packaging: we all know ‘the sizzle sells the steak’, i.e. packaging is just as important. The wonderful artistic work of the wrapping is Katalin Csiszar’s merit, who graduated in Graphic Design and Animation. The UK based Academy of Chocolate awarded Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé with the following medals so far:
2009 – silver medal in the category ‘Best Ganache filled chocolate – flavoured or plain’ for their ‘Ancho Chilli And Lemon Oil’ and bronze medal for their ‘Raspberry & Cherry Palinka’ chocolate in the same category.
. . . and this is truly amazing for a young, emerging chocolate manufactory. In addition to winning several awards and receiving the highly deserved acknowledgement from the industry, chocolates by Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé are available at select, fine food stores worldwide carrying only the best of the best to demanding culinary aficionados. Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé is yet another perfect example that determination, perseverance and the personal quest for perfection do pay off on the long run – even if it was not the métier that one learnt from day one.
For more information about Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé, please visit their website, and if you got hungry for some great chocolate, have a look if a gourmet store near you carries Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé in their assortment.
Source of images: courtesy of Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé.