Friday, February 2, 2007

Hershey’s Cacao Reserve Truffles

I picked up some more of the Cacao Reserve line at the 7-11. I figured it would be interesting to give them a try after my chocolate overload at the Fancy Food Show (and fancy should not always be confused with gourmet or even good).

I’ve already tried two of the Cacao Reserve bars, the Hazelnut in Milk Chocolate and 65% Dark Nibby Bar. And they were pretty good. I know that there are some folks who turn up their nose at Hershey’s attempt at upscale chocolate, but I don’t call this upscale ... it’s simply better quality. If I’m stuck making a chocolate choice at 7-11, I’m going to go for the Cacao Reserve Nibby bar over the waxy Ghirardelli every time.

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The little tin is quite fun. It’s the same size as an Altoids tin. Yes, there are eight truffles in that wee little box. You know how they fit them in there? They’re wee truffles!

They look all homespun and enrobed/dipped but don’t be fooled, these are molded truffles. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Appearance accounts for a lot in candy and these are nice looking little chocolates.

Each is an easy single bite or two very small bites. The chocolate coating is a bit sweet and has a light acidic tang to it. It’s not terribly complex in the flavor area, just smooth and a bit on the smoky side with a mild dry finish. The truffle filling is rather bland, not as creamy as I would like but has a light salt hit in it that sets it apart from the shell.

The tin is a nice idea, an easy way to carry the little truffles without smashing them in some sort of wonky plastic tray. The price was a little steep, however. At $2.99 for the little tin that holds 1.8 ounces, that means a full pound purchased this way is $26.58. (Compare that with See’s selling a little 4 ounce Valentine’s heart for $5.25 a box which would mean the chocolate is going for $21 a pound.) Of course I wouldn’t go into 7-11 and buy things for the price, I’m sure these are available for quite a bit less at drug stores or mega-marts.

Overall, I wasn’t that impressed with this effort into high end chocolates. The centers were not smooth and creamy enough for my tastes when it comes to a truffle indulgence. However, this has not put me off from my curiosity about the other bars in the Cacao Reserve line.

Name: Cacao Reserve Premium Dark Chocolate Truffles
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Cacao Reserve (Hershey's)
Place Purchased: 7-11 (Hollywood)
Price: $2.99
Size: 1.8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 161
Categories: Chocolate, United States, Hershey, Kosher

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Comments
  1. They are that expensive, even in Walmart… in the middle of Illinois.

    Comment by Jennifer on 5/29/07 at 5:28 pm #
  2. I enjoyed these pocket size truffels.  They make a nice little treat for co-workers and emergency chocolate when stressed.  Just eat one or two and share the others.  smile
    I thought they were smoother on the tongue than See’s chocolate.(I think Mrs. See’s is over-rated) They were reminesent of the Belgian chocolates we had in Herentals Belgium.
    I loved them but they are hard to find.  When they first came out it was easy to find them.
    Where can I find them now?
    Sincerely
    Terri in Texas

    Comment by Terri in Texas on 11/20/07 at 9:28 am #
  3. These fabulous bites of dark chocolate are comparable to Belgian chocolate and I don’t say that lightly. They make a wonderful inexpensive gift and the tin is a nice touch.I have shared them with many a friend and they all LOVE them. Don’t tell me they can’t be found, I will be very upset. Where can I buy them again locally?

    D. Jordan

    Comment by denita jordan on 8/26/08 at 8:21 am #
  4. Jack’s 99 Cents Store in NYC has these in one-pound bags for $1.99. I bought them a few weeks back and fell in love with them, went back and they were all gone (at that price, not surprised!). They now have them again, same price. They have plain old kisses for the same price - these are a helluva lot better IMO. So if you live in NYC, go get some.

    Comment by Lisa on 12/06/08 at 11:08 am #

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