Chocolate is both pleasure and vital energy. Black or white, sweet or bitter, it nourishes body and spirit and is a millenary healthy ingredient. When enjoyed in the right proportion, it stimulates the production of endorphins, those substances released by the pituitary gland and controlled by the hypothalamus which are responsible, among other things, of producing that all-too-familiar sensation of well-being and excitement.
At Mugaritz, we are well aware of chocolate’s intoxicating and appealing effect, so we decided it was time to tackle the challenge of using this ingredient in new recipes and desserts. Of course, we felt compelled to develop a new dimension to this exercise; something that arose desire and curiosity in dinners at the table. We have designed a playful ending for the new menu, offering very special gifts that have been covered in chocolate. The 7 capital sins covered in chocolate.
The chocolates have been created in collaboration with the world famous chocolatier Oriol Balaguer from Catalunia, who has spent several months working on capturing different shapes, textures and flavors in a delicate mouthful full of intentions.
An aphrodisiac version of The Tower of Babel made in natural oak wood, like the cornerstone tree which gives name to Mugaritz. A tower that requires dexterity, skills and eagerness to those attempting to put it together once the pieces have been separated. The design of the tower was carried out by GR Industrial Design in Barcelona, a group of designers who have given our ideas a stunning construction in both shape and heart.
The use of chocolate is not common in our cooking. It is for this reason, that defying the stablished standards and escaping the common uses and acceptance of this great ingredient, has been an amazing challenge. We are happy to present chocolate in is most innovative version; one full of playfulness and surprise.