Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Galerie Decorated Chocolate Shoe

Galerie Decorated Chocolate ShoeA weekend trip to the 99.99 Cent Only Store meant a lot of decisions. There’s plenty there that I’m curious to try, and often do, but most of the time it’s my fascination with what may be very bad that gets me to buy something, not the hope that it’s good. (Examples: Beechies Force Chew Candies, Choco-Fudge Mallow Sundae, Skittles Fresh Mint and a roll of LifeSavers that were probably 10 years old.

When I found a little display in the Valentine’s aisle though with some edible body paints and these Decorated Chocolate Shoes I thought that they were actually a good score. The packaging is a little plain, but part of me suspected that these were part of a larger gift package (maybe a basket or box) that were broken up into separate items that could be sold off for a dollar ... and most likely they were from Christmas and still fresh. The expiry date on the shoe was April 2010.

The package is two components: an outer clear plastic box with the label affixed to it with the stretchy silver bow and an inner two part clear plastic “mold” for the shoe. This did a great job of both displaying the candy and protecting it. It was fully taped all around the seam between the two parts, so very well sealed.

Galerie Decorated Chocolate Shoe

There were two things that gave me pause about the purchase. First, it’s made in China. The company that distributes them is called Galerie and is based in Hebron, Kentucky. (They also make gourmet candy corn.) My confidence level in products containing milk from China is admittedly low since the melamine scandal. Second, the ingredients don’t look good. Technically this should not be labeled chocolate, as the milk chocolate contains whey as an ingredient, considered a “filler” by US FDA standards. But I was attracted by the price and size and figured some readers might be as well.

Galerie Decorated Chocolate Shoe

The shoe itself is about four inches long with a 1.75” heel. At 2.7 ounces it’s pretty hefty, so besides that well in the shoe for a foot, it’s solid chocolate. The molding is nice, the chocolate has a good sheen to it and the decorations, though modest at just four pink colored “white chocolate” hearts on each side are precisely painted. (I looked around and didn’t see any other varieties in the store, though I suspect that other versions exist.)

Galerie Decorated Chocolate Shoe

The chocolate smells a bit woodsy, sweet and milky. It’s pretty tough to bite, kind of like eating an Easter rabbit. The texture though is rather smooth. I was pleased with the fact that it wasn’t overly sweet (adding whey actually makes this possible - it helps maintain the texture without adding expensive cocoa butter or cocoa but not sweetness of sugar - in very small amounts it doesn’t influence the flavor).

As a molded novelty item for this price, I’d say it’s excellent. My interest in milk chocolate in the shape of a high-heeled shoe with hearts on it is extremely low, so I can’t say that this is a great gift for me. If you’re looking for a party favor or a little gift where the visual impact is more important than the actual chocolate, this is perfect. Out of the package it can be used for decoration, and as I showed above for scale, filled with M&Ms or Hershey’s Kisses or even a few small chocolate covered strawberries it’s great.

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Name: Decorated Chocolate Shoe
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Galerie
Place Purchased: 99 Cent Only Store (Sunset Junction)
Price: $1.00
Size: 2.7 ounces
Calories per ounce: 149
Categories: Chocolate, United States, Lake Champlain, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:39 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. According to a link on Getcha Nails Did you can buy chocolate shoes for $45 at Gayle’s Chocolates.  It looks as if you got quite a bargain!

    Comment by Jammies on 1/26/10 at 9:58 am #
  2. “My interest in milk chocolate in the shape of a high-heeled shoe with hearts on it is extremely low”

    Hahahahah! Fantastic sentence! :D

    Comment by Richard @ The Bewildered Brit on 1/26/10 at 10:02 am #
  3. It would make an interesting novelty item for a gift basket.

    Comment by Scott on 1/26/10 at 12:57 pm #
  4. Cybele's avatar

    So I popped into two other 99 Cent Only Stores at lunch (they’re around the corner from each other walking distance from my office). They didn’t have the shoes but they did have some other items from this Galerie company like Chocolate Matchbooks (chocolate matches with red chocolate confection tips) and Chocolate Cigars.

    Comment by Cybele on 1/26/10 at 1:00 pm #
  5. Those chocolate shoes! There is a chocolatier in Michigan that makes them too.

    Do you like Vosges? Today founder Katrina Markoff is featured on girl crush. http://girlcrushoftheday.blogspot.com/2010/02/katrina-markoff.html

    Comment by Sonya on 2/02/10 at 6:35 am #

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