Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Godiva Gems Peppermint Truffles

Godiva Gems Peppermint TrufflesGodiva Chocolatier has been moving into more stores lately - places like Cost Plus World Market and even drug stores like CVS. This holiday was the first time I saw them in my ordinary grocery store (Von’s). The mass-market fare isn’t quite like the stuff in their shops, it’s small bites (Gems) and bars along with their Chocoiste line of little pearls.

They’re still rather expensive, this bag of Godiva Gems Peppermint Truffles was selling for $6.00 before Christmas. Though the bag looks pretty big (similar to the stand up bags from Ghirardelli which holds nearly 3 times as much), it only holds 3.5 ounces. But after Christmas I snagged this for only $2.64 ... a fair price for a real white chocolate product.

The package says: White chocolate with creamy candy cane filling.

Godiva Gems Peppermint Truffles

The package warns that some settling of contents may occur in shipping, and they’re not kidding. There are 10 individually wrapped Gems inside, making two layers - that’s a lot of empty space in the bag. Each sphere is wrapped in a candy cane striped mylar twist.

The truffles are about 1 inch in diameter. They’re not completely spherical, they’re slightly faceted, I’m guessing to go with the Gems part of the name. They remind me of well-used polyhedral dice.

They’re formed from two hemispheres, so there’s a distinct seam in the center. Sometimes with a little gentle pressure on opposite sides of the seam, I can pop the sides apart. They’re each filled with the pink cream and then joined together with some more white chocolate.

Godiva Gems Peppermint Truffles

The pieces are soft, the shell yields easily when bitten. The center is a soft cream made of white chocolate, sugar alcohols, butter and some palm oil along with some red food coloring and peppermint flavor. There’s just a little dash of salt in there. The sorbitol and xylitol are used as sweeteners to good effect. Both of them are lower in calories but they also are less sweet and provide a cooling effect on the tongue. (Some folks cannot tolerate sugar alcohols, but I don’t think there’s much in here.)

They were good quality, I liked that the ganache filling wasn’t greasy and thin tasting like the Lindt Lindor Truffles, which I see these as competing with. But the flavor combo wasn’t really best for me, I wanted a rich, silky dark chocolate shell and the white chocolate, minty ganache center. White chocolate lovers may disagree though. They’re not too sweet, which is also refreshing.

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Name: Gems Peppermint Truffles
Brand: Godiva
Place Purchased: Von's (Glendale)
Price: $2.64 (on clearance)
Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 138
Categories: Candy, Christmas, Godiva, Kosher, Mints, White Chocolate, 6-Tempting, United States, Von's

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:53 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewChristmasGodivaKosherMintsWhite Chocolate6-TemptingUnited StatesVon's

  1. I liked these (but I am a big fan of white chocolate).

    On a semi-related note, one new (?) item I saw during the “50% OFF!!!!” After-Christmas sales was Ghirardelli Milk Choc + Pumpkin Spice Caramel.  Surprisingly tasty!

    Comment by ruffy on 1/04/11 at 1:24 pm #
  2. Not sure if I would purchase this flavor. Maybe for the reduced price. Trying is good. Throughout the 2010-11 holiday season I kept looking everywhere for the GEMS. Wanted to try dark/medium chocolate variety. No luck. Cybele, (& everyone)did you see the adorable GODIVA commercial? It began maybe in late fall 2010. With the adorable gal in various photo-shots. A quick advertisement .... but, profound! At the end, she kinda sorta winks at us!! Ohhhh ... great + very clever PR/marketing! Well, I sure liked it. Sadly, never got to taste the candies. Boo.

    Comment by Marcee/CHICAGO, IL on 1/05/11 at 12:02 pm #
  3. Superb!!!!! Why else would I rate it ten? I’m a sweet lover and I especialy love peppermint and white chocolate together in the same treat! THIS IS JUST SOOO AWESOME. If you want to know what my recommendation for chocolates, I would prefer Godiva. Thanks for peekng at my comment for Godiva chocolates.

    Comment by Starr Lou on 12/18/11 at 7:11 pm #
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