Friday, August 17, 2007

Crown Jewels Chocolate Orange Truffles

Crown Jewels TrufflesI was feeling a little restless (and warm) so I went to the 99 Cent Only Store looking for something fun and outside of my normal scope.

I saw a display on the top shelf of the candy aisle of these chocolate truffles from Crown Jewels. They came in three flavors: chocolate, mint and orange.

The box says, Exquisite Milk Chocolate - Individually Wrapped in Beautiful Foil. Wow, real foil? And that’s the biggest selling point, not the flavor or quality ingredients or hand-crafting?

The ingredients didn’t scare me away: Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate Liquor, Whey, Whole Milk Powder, Chocolate, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla, Coconut Oil and Orange Oil. Sure it’s not a truffle made with heavy cream, but at least there weren’t a lot of hydrogenated oils in there. The ingredients list for Frangos was far longer. The foil wasn’t quite as beautiful as promised, but a simple orange mylar pouch. (I was figuring they’d be twisted or something like the Dove Jewels are.)

Crown Jewels Truffles

I was expecting them to be like a Frango, and they are at least in size and shape. But they’re much softer. Not in a creamy sort of way, just in a “how can they be melted at 75 degrees” kind of way. They smell much like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

The chocolate is a little on the fudgy side, not deeply flavored with a slight milky flavor to it. The orange truffle center is soft and melts quickly and even feels a little cool on the tongue. The orange flavor is balanced pretty well except for the candy being so darned sweet.

As a purchase for 99 cents, it’s not disappointing at all. I wouldn’t say that I’m going to buy the rest of the flavors, but they didn’t overpromise or underdeliver. As something to buy and keep in a candy dish, they’re a great alternative to regular mass-produced miniatures. But beware, they don’t do well in even moderate heat conditions (over 85 degrees). The box contains about eight individually wrapped pieces and is made in Salt Lake City, UT. liked the Mint variety.

I just noticed going through the archives at my best 99 Cent Store finds that they’ve all been orange flavored items ... hmmm: Terry’s Chocolate Orange Confection and Queen Anne Chocolate Covered Orange.

This post is dedicated to Meg at the now defunct She used to write little posts every once in a while with her finds from the 99 Cent Only Store (underwear, coffee drinks, etc.) and it actually made me want to visit one of their stores to see if there was anything there that was edible. I’ve been happy to report that they do have good finds.

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Name: Chocolate Orange Truffles
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Crown Jewels
Place Purchased: 99 Cent Only Store (Silverlake)
Price: $ .99
Size: 3.2 ounces
Calories per ounce: 144
Categories: Chocolate, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:13 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Mmmmm….I’m not a huge fan of orange chocolate, but the mint chocolate sounds delicious.  If you ever run out of all the other candy you want to review (not likely), please review the mint as well.

    Comment by Karen on 8/17/07 at 10:07 am #
  2. Foil!!! Cybele May you are so funny!

    Comment by chico on 8/19/07 at 8:23 pm #
  3. I worked at the 99 Cents Only Stores for a while and I have to say they get some very interesting things there. I personally love these Crown Jewels truffles. This time of year they offer all 3 flavors (mint, orange, and cherry) in one box. It’s a nice way to sample their flavors. And I do like all three.

    There are some dud candies at the 99 Cents Stores, like the Palmer line, which are basically fine for stocking stuffers and Easter baskets. But these truffles are among my favorite chocolates. I grew up on Frango mints, which I still like better than almost any other confection. Nonetheless, the Crown Jewels are tasty and a great treat for the price - if you can get them at a dollar store. Amazon sells the same product in the same size for $10.99

    Comment by Drewcifer on 11/20/10 at 11:37 am #
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