Monday, November 20, 2006

Caffarel Chocolate Truffle Mushrooms

Early this year I fell in love with guanduia. A friend brought back some Caffarel Guanduia from Torino (a special version to commemorate the Winter Olympics). It was smooth, creamy, nutty and utterly addictive. And of course it’s also long gone.

So I jumped at a handful of samples of another Caffarel product, these are called Chocolate Truffle Mushrooms.

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These cute little chocolates would be excellent, edible motivation in a game of checkers or chess. They’re taller than a Hershey’s Kiss, but weigh about the same (they’re narrow). The little foil wrap on them is cute and detailed. Each one has a little root and grass coming up around the sides and then the mushroom cap is a different color. The milk chocolate shell had a little Caffarel script logo emblazoned on it to match the one printed on the foil wrap. Inside there were two different varieties to go with the four different color combos.

Red Cap with White Speckles and Tan Cap - a light hazelnut cream filling with crunchies (like those bland wafer cookies) and crushed hazelnuts - very sweet, exceptionally smooth with a great caramelized sugar flavor throughout.

Black Cap and Brown Cap - light and sweet milk chocolate on the outside, rich smooth guandujia on the inside. This one was the closest in taste and texture to the Caffarel Gundujia hats from the Olympics early this year.

These puppies are freakishly expensive (as were those Torino ones), but the effect of getting them in a premium holiday basket or you Christmas stocking would be well ... exquisite.

Let me know if you find them anywhere else in smaller quantities, but if you’re looking to do a big buy for your Christmas needs, they’re sold in bulk pack weighing 1kg (2.2 lbs) for $59.50 (that works out to $27.05/lb).

Name: Chocolate Truffle Mushrooms
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Caffarel
Place Purchased: samples from CandyWarehouse.com
Price: $59.50
Size: 1 kg (2.2 lbs)
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Nuts, Cookie, Italy, Caffarel

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Comments
  1. This blog is RIDICULOUSLY informative.  I think I love it.

    Comment by Roonie on 11/20/06 at 8:31 pm #
  2. Hey, those are cute!  I’m going to have to track down some Caffarel sometime (adding it to the long list of things I need to try).

    Comment by william on 11/21/06 at 5:08 am #
  3. Mmmmm, gianduia ... have you had my favorite chocolate lately? Milka Noisette. It’s basically gianduia formed into a bar.
    Let me know if I should send you some (I shop for my German foods at Dittmers).

    Comment by Elkit on 11/21/06 at 8:12 am #
  4. Cybele's avatar

    Elkit - I saw some Milka yesterday, but no noisettes. I’ll keep looking.

    Roonie - thanks! I hope you come back.

    William - I found some at an Italian market in Cleveland a few years back, but only around the holidays.

    Comment by Cybele on 11/23/06 at 7:56 am #
  5. Yumo! I love all the delicious candies on the site and the detailed reviews - so refreshing compared to the other candy blogs! Off to eat some truffles wink

    Comment by Jaynie on 11/26/06 at 9:21 pm #
  6. I live in Italy and have had alot of chocolates by that company and I have never been let down.  Maybe I can find these for you for cheapier than what you found.  I let you know if I have any luck!

    Comment by Megan Ahrens on 12/15/06 at 12:40 am #
  7. I was in Italy last year and I know your chocolate. My daughter loveled for this chocolate, then I want to buy here in Brasil,but I dont finded. There is somewere for I buy ???
      Can you send chocolate for me, in Brasil ???
      Thank for your atention.
      Regards
      Solange Marcos

    Comment by Solange Marcos on 6/30/07 at 10:58 am #
  8. my god, those things look delicious. i want them. are they available in australia?? come to think of it, are caffarel products available around here? hope so.
    milka isn’t available in oz. sucks, because i love milka. especially the noisettes smile
    GREAT review, by the way!

    Comment by isobel on 6/07/09 at 11:02 pm #

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