Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Godiva Shamrock Truffles

Godiva Shamrock TrufflesSaint Patrick’s Day isn’t exactly a big candy holiday. Potato and shamrock flavored candies, thought they exist, aren’t exactly mainstream.

Godiva, who is always good at merchandising, has a limited edition Shamrock Mint Truffle. These dipped bonbons are right up my alley, they’re a a classic mint ganache with Godiva chocolate chips enrobed in a dark chocolate shell and strung with a lucky green shamrock.

Godiva was kind enough to send a box of them to me, you can also get them as singles in the store. A box of 5 retails for $12. (The samples I got came in a box of six ... dunno why that was.)

Godiva Shamrock Truffles

The spheres are beautiful. I’ve mentioned before that I prefer enrobed chocolate over molded pieces, there’s something about the tempering of enrobed chocolate that I think has a better mouthfeel. So these had me right away with their excellent attention to detail. The little clovers in a white chocolate colored light green were cute - the flavoring wasn’t too sweet and didn’t distract from the rest of the confection.

The pieces smelled mostly of minty chocolate. The whole thing reminded me of mint chocolate chip ice cream. The shells were thin and coated the cream filling expertly - none had any cracks or leaks.

The filling was creamy smooth with a light mint touch. They were sweet, but the dark chocolate did a good job of balancing it out. They really were the bonbon version of mint chocolate chip ice cream. The only hesitation I had with them were the colors - I don’t know what the ingredients are but the center looks like it might have a touch of coloring in it, which makes it look like grout, not some sort of decadent peppermint ganache. There’s no reason why this couldn’t be a year round item (though I could see a little peppermint candy candy decoration for Christmas).

I ate the whole box with very little help: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

Johnny also has a review of them.

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Name: Shamrock Mint Truffles
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Godiva
Place Purchased: samples from Godiva
Price: $12.00
Size: 3.33 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Mint, United States, Godiva

Name: Shamrock Mint Truffles
Place Purchased: samples from Godiva
Price: $12.00
Size: 3.33 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: 6-Tempting

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:07 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Just to be “that person” - I worked at a Godiva, and all of their truffles are actually book molded and then enrobed.  If they’re cold enough when you eat them, they’ll snap into the two molded pieces. 

    They truffles are adorable; it sounds like the re-purposed the mint chocolate chip truffles from the ice cream parlor line from summer 2009.  So good smile

    Comment by Chelsea on 3/16/10 at 8:00 pm #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    Chelsea - I was wondering about the centers - thanks for the insider info. In this case you can kind of tell that there is an inner shell, which I wouldn’t be surprised would be molded - you can even see a faint line on the whole truffle there going diagonally.

    The outer shell has little drips at the base and a foot, so I’m pretty sure that it’s enrobed. I can definitely see the tie in with their parlor treats.

    Comment by Cybele on 3/16/10 at 8:10 pm #
  3. Chelsea - I would agree about the comparison to the Mint Chocolate Chip ice-cream parlor truffle from last summer - - and im so glad to see the flavor again—its in my top 5 of all time Godiva flavors and I wish it were permanent (or at least guaranteed to pop up once a year)

    Comment by Minty Fresh on 3/17/10 at 12:42 am #
  4. Wow, those look fantastic.  Mint and Chocolate is like Peanut Butter and Chocolate in my opinion, fantastic flavors that go well together.  I loved the parlor treats from Godiva, so good.

    Comment by Mark D. on 3/17/10 at 10:45 am #
  5. These look lovely - i wish we got them here in the UK lol when i saw the inner truffle I thought exactly the same about it looking like grout! lol Obviously it tastes better than it looked on the inside!

    Comment by Alan on 3/17/10 at 4:28 pm #
  6. I used to work for Godiva (seriously, I dug that job.  It was awesome) at the retail level about five-six years ago, and even then, there was a push to reduce/remove the number of artificial colourants in the chocolate, so that may be why it looks like grout rather than the green of something like, oh, a Shamrock shake.  Still doesn’t explain the wild colours of the G line, but eh.  That wasn’t my job.

    That being said, this may be a product of that sort of thing.

    Comment by Rachel on 3/18/10 at 9:53 pm #
  7. Nice candy! ^^

    Comment by Lux on 7/04/10 at 10:49 am #
  8. I really love the chocolates specially Godiva truffles. They are really delicious. I’ve eaten many kinds of chocolate truffles but this is one of the best truffles.I would recommend others to just give it a try & feel the taste.

    Comment by Truffle Bouquets on 5/16/13 at 3:55 am #
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