Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Anthon Berg Filled Chocolates

Come on, half the fun of this candy is the packaging! They’re eensy-weensy liquor bottles made out of chocolate! They’re even smaller than those little bottles you find in the honor bar or on airplanes.

After those awesome martini cordials I had from K Chocolatier that were so freakishly expensive, I was hoping to find something similar at a fraction of the price. While these don’t quite measure up, they’re still pretty good. The unique selling proposition here is that they don’t have that sugar shell inside like the K Chocolatier Martinis did.

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I didn’t eat all of them, but I did try quite a few. The first one I started with was the Drambuie. I’m not that fond of Drambuie, I find it a tad sweet and so was this.

The second one I tried was the one I was most curious about - Ricard, which is an anise flavored liquor. I’ve never had straight Ricard, so again, it’s hard to judge. What I found was that it was rather sweet and not at all anisey. It’s definitely alcoholic, but not as strong as I’d expect for a liquer.

Next was the Stoli Oranj, but unfortunately this one ruptured somewhere along the way and there was a little bit of sugary crust at the bottom of the bottle and a smidge of the liquid missing. I ate it anyway. It was okay. The chocolate was fine, but the alcoholic bite was pretty much gone.

The Stoli Vanil was also very nice, without much of a flavorful bite, but the chocolate shines through effectively. The last one I had was Cointreau, which I think was my favorite. A little touch of orange, not quite as sweet as the others and still with a subtle alcoholic bite.

They’re very nice and certainly far cheaper (and probably more widely available) than other real alcohol filled chocolates. The filling was a little syrupy, but I’m guessing you can’t put true alcohol without some sugar stabilizer in there or else they’ll dissolve the chocolate.

It’s kind of hard to peel the little bottles sometimes and of course if you hold them in your hand for any length of time you risk softening the chocolate to the point of an accident when unwrapping.

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So if the liqueur chocolates are an evening things, maybe the coffee chocolates should be considered a morning one.

These flavored coffees are cloaked in the same dark chocolate and again, have no sugar crust in them. This is a big difference over the Pocket Coffee that I reviewed before.

I tasted a few of the varieties, though I think there are more. You can only buy them in the assortments, so there’s no point in wishing you could buy only one kind.

Cappuccino - a nice sweet coffee inside chocolate, but it didn’t seem to have much of a dairy component to it, no milkiness at all.

Toffee Macchiato - this one confused me, but I have to admit that I’ve never had a macchiato. It tasted like coconut and coffee, which is not a bad thing, but it certainly doesn’t seem at all like toffee.

Espresso - this is the money shot. Very much like the Pocket Coffee, not as sweet as the others. It was a bit tangy and rich.

Vanilla Frappe - that’s the one pictured unwrapped and tipped out ... so you can see I didn’t get to taste it completely. Sometimes I have to sacrifice for the art.

Irish Cream Coffee - this one was sweet as well and had a pretty mellow minty quality, but very little coffee flavor in the mix.

I’ve never seen these at the store, but I’m sure they’ll be more prevalent as the holidays get closer. They’re a pretty nice hostess gift for the right person and if CandyWarehouse’s price is any indication, they’re not even that expensive.

Name: Chocolate Liqueur Bottles & Chocolate Coffee Dreams
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Lake Champlain
Place Purchased: Anthon Berg
Price: All Candy Expo samples
Size: varies
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Coffee, Denmark

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Comments
  1. I’ve had the liqueur bottles before.  They were made by Very Especial, but looked exactly the same.  My favorite is Jack Daniels - I don’t think that flavor is as sweet, but contrasts nicely with the chocolate.  Of course, I’m a big fan of bourbon balls too.

    Comment by April on 7/26/06 at 6:01 am #
  2. These seem to make a big appearance around christmas time due to their tartiness and potential giftability.

    I was never that fond of any of them to be honest, the liqours inside never seem to taste of any recognisable, just alcoholic syrup. I swear they fill them all with the same thing.

    Comment by GTO on 7/26/06 at 8:02 am #
  3. Just wanted to give you some props. I love your blog. It’s so pretty and makes me happy everytime I visit. Your photography is gorgeous, too. Keep up the fabulous work!

    Comment by Nanette on 7/26/06 at 9:35 am #
  4. I agree with Nanette.  This stuff doesn’t sound up my alley, but your pictures are always pretty and usually very creative.  I liked the little bottles in the glasses.

    Comment by Dave on 7/26/06 at 4:18 pm #
  5. I think someone needs to make a chocolate shot glass.

    Comment by Marvo on 7/26/06 at 7:55 pm #
  6. Marvo - they have made chocolate shot glasses!  And they are AWESOME.  I can’t remember the brand but I have seen them at Ingles grocery and at World Market.

    Comment by April on 7/27/06 at 7:04 am #
  7. http://www.chocolatetradingco.com has a set of chocolate spoons which look pretty cool.

    Comment by GTO on 7/27/06 at 10:39 am #
  8. I’ve had the chocolate coffee things.  I think Costco has them.  They are pretty tasty.

    Comment by Scott on 7/28/06 at 3:13 am #
  9. Cybele's avatar

    April - dang! I gave the Jack Daniels to my husband.

    GTO - you may be right on the syrupiness - I suspect there’s something they have to do to keep the alcohol from dissolving the chocolate and it’s either a sugar shell or a higher sugar content in the syrup.

    Nanette & Dave - thanks so much! I really had fun playing with these bunch of candy, as you can tell!

    Marvo - April’s right, I have had chocolate shot glasses before! Though I think they call them cordial cups or something. I remember that someone gave them to my mother as a hostess gift when I was a teen and I found them in the liquor cabinet and ate the whole box eventually (no, I didn’t touch the liquor).

    Scott - I need to go to Costco and take a look at their current candy selection. It’s always so overwhelming.

    Comment by Cybele on 7/31/06 at 9:30 am #
  10. Hello,I want the liquor and coffee filled chocolates. is this product vegetarian? Free from egg and other animal origin source? Milk is fine.
    If yes, how long would it take to ship to India and the cost of shipping please? Thank you.

    Comment by Pradeepkumar Ramanathan on 3/01/11 at 8:25 pm #

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