Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Doulton Liqueur Chocolates (Cointreau & Teacher’s)

Cointreau Liqueur ChocolatesContinuing with my theme this week of “Drinks & Chocolate” I have two boxes of Doulton’s Liqueur Chocolates.

I picked them up at the Fancy Food Show in the final hour, which is usually a chaotic grab as the vendors tear down their booths and opportunists & vultures grab at anything and everything that isn’t hot-glued down. Some companies also abandon their booths and leave piles and piles of merchandise for whomever wants it. I wanted these. I took three boxes: two of the Cointreau and one of the Teacher’s Scotch Whisky.

I rarely see these kinds of chocolate except around the holidays at stores like Trader Joe’s (which has a “brandy bean” each year) and Cost Plus World Market.

The box isn’t upscale or fancy, it reminds me of the kind of box you might get a pair of gloves in or a new tie. Inside is a plastic tray that holds the little beans. Four beans wide and six beans long, they’re an impressive sight.

The ingredients aren’t fancy, in fact, some are downright cheap. It goes like this: glucose-fructose syrup, cocoa liquor, sugar, lactose, Cointreau, cocoa butter (contains milk), rectified spirit, milky, soy lecithin & polyglycerol polyricinoleat [PGPR], flavouring.

Cointreau Liqueur Chocolates

I started with the Cointreau Liqueur Chocolates because I think that orange and chocolate are a great combination. Cointreau is made by Remy Cointreau in France. The spirit is made from sugar beets and flavored with a proprietary blend of sweet & bitter orange peels.

The little beans are cute, maybe a bit banana shaped.

The insides are quite syrupy. I liked biting off an end and then sipping the liquor, but eating the thing whole was fun, too.

The chocolate isn’t quite dark, not quite milk. It’s sweet and a little grainy. Though Cointreau has a substantial orange flavor by itself, it was a bit lost in the sweetness and chocolate flavors. Still, there was a little orange essence that lingered after it was all gone.

The second variety (not photographed) is Teacher’s Scotch Whisky. My experience with whisky is a bit more limited than my experience with aperitifs. Whisky is a dark and mysterious liquid, usually very strong with charcoal, tobacco, oak and peat and has a companion flavor called throat searing.

This particular variety, Teacher’s Highland Cream Scotch Whisky, is completely new to me.

The chocolate is rather unappealing, bland and sweet. The liquor center is sweet but definitely alcoholic. There’s a mild burn and some woodsy dark flavors do accompany it, a highlight in the flavor department here, because the chocolate itself wasn’t doing much.

I liked this combination, but the novelty wore off after about three of them, so then the package sat around for a few weeks before I polished them off for this review. I prefer them to the wine ones that I reviewed yesterday, but didn’t really care for the packaging or the ingredients, though they’re a much better value.

A cautionary note to anyone who buys any kind of alcohol infused chocolate - eat it quickly after opening. Alcohol evaporates, even through the chocolate shell and any plastic wrap. They’re best consumed fresh. As the weeks went by, these weren’t nearly as potent as when I opened them.

I haven’t seen this particular brand for sale (though I suspect that the same manufacturer may produce house brands. I believe these retail for about $3 to $4 a box. So they’re not that expensive and kind of a kick in the mouth. They come in other varieties as well: Irish Whiskey & Cream and Grappa. They do have some alcohol in them, so consuming the whole box may give you a buzz (they’re probably 3-5% alcohol).

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Name: Liqueur Chocolates (Cointreau & Teacher's Scotch Whisky)
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Doulton (imported by Euro-American Brands, LLC)
Place Purchased: samples from the Fancy Food Show
Price: retail $3.50
Size: 7 ounces
Calories per ounce: 120
Categories: Chocolate, Germany

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:37 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Oh! Thanks for the tip. My SO brought me liqueurs back from Spain and they had so much bite we could barely eat them, though now they taste fine. I was wondering what the change was, and here you’ve told me.

    Comment by Jackie Joy on 2/17/09 at 1:56 pm #
  2. my favorite liqueur filled chocolates are the Leonidas chocolate covered cherries.  Yum!  Unfortunately, it is illegal to sell liqueur filled chocolates in Connecticut, so they are hard to find here.

    Comment by lynn on 2/18/09 at 4:11 am #
  3. Hi,

    My 1st here.  I’m a big fan of chocolate since I was a kid.  My first trial of choco with liqueur was from my dearest uncle who was also a super fan of choco when I was 7.  I remembered quite clearly that it was Lindt Cointreau Liqueur Chocolates and I was deeply attached ever since.  I used to buy chocolate home for my dearest uncle from every of my trip and Lindt is my favorite brand till now

    Comment by chumpman on 2/20/09 at 6:56 pm #
  4. I have a box of these lying around from Christmas. I suppose I should really eat them before the alcohol goes away…
    I hope they’re nice. Thanks for the review!

    Comment by Jeanette on 2/21/09 at 11:32 am #
  5. My neighbor just gave me a box of Doulton Liquer Chocolates - Cherry Liquer Spirit, she said they had Cognac. I couldn’t belive how straong they were. Ate two and felt like I had a drink. Apparently the box says they’re made in Germany.

    Comment by Crystal on 5/09/13 at 9:34 pm #
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