Thursday, October 2, 2008

Harry & David Chocolate Pinecones

Harry & David Hazelnut PineconesHere’s another attractive little treat I picked up at Harry & David. Like the Fall Leaves Fruit Gels, these are not found on their website, just in the stores. The Belgian Chocolate Hazelnut Pinecones are simply too adorable to resist.

Actually, I did resist. I saw them on a recent trip to the Bay Area and didn’t buy them, then went back to the store before I left town, even though $12.95 seemed a bit steep for 7 ounces of not-Caffarel gianduia.

They’re little pine cone shaped chocolates, some milk chocolate and some white chocolate with a filling of hazelnut paste.

They’re about the size of a walnut in its shell, a full dozen packed into the tall bag.

Belgian Pine Cones

They come in three different varieties:

The dark green one has a milk chocolate shell with a smooth hazelnut & chocolate paste filling. They smell like sweet black walnut flavoring. (My hope was that I’m not actually sensitive to walnut flavor, just actual walnuts.)

It’s rather sweet but the nutty flavors blend nicely with the milky smooth shell and filling.

The white chocolate shell with brown speckles has a filling of hazelnut paste with little rice crunchies. The nutty flavors weren’t as apparent, but the crisps gave a nice salty & cereal texture boost.

The orange white chocolate with the reddish airbrushing has a smooth nut paste with a stronger dairy note to it and less of a cocoa flavor.

I preferred the milk chocolate one far and away, the others, while interesting combinations of textures and flavors were just too sweet. Maybe I wouldn’t have minded if the pieces were smaller.

The biggest selling point is that they are so well crafted. The size, shape, molding and airbrushing of the shadows makes these irresistible as a seasonal treat. I can say that because I was unable to resist buying them, but I’ve been able to subsequently resist eating them. Still, if I’m looking for a hit of hazelnut I’d probably prefer Caffarel, Perugina Baci or Ferrero Rocher (in descending order of price) especially since I’ve been able to get Caffarel for about the same price of $1.00 per piece.

Related Candies

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  2. Lindt Chocolate Carrots
  3. Ritter Sport White Chocolate with Hazelnuts
  4. Caffarel Figs & Chestnuts (Fico & Castagna)
  5. Caffarel Gianduias
  6. Caffarel Chocolate Truffle Mushrooms
Name: Belgian Chocolate Hazelnut Pinecones
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Harry & David
Place Purchased: Harry & David (Emeryville, CA)
Price: $12.95
Size: 7 ounces
Calories per ounce: 153
Categories: Chocolate, Nuts, White Chocolate, Belgium, Harry & David, Lake Champlain, Christmas

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:10 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. Wow these look the part at least, too bad at the no so special taste. Cybele have you tried the Harry & David Moose Munch Bars? I reviewed the milk chocolate version last week, I think it is a bar worthy of you reviewing!

    Jim

    Comment by Jim on 10/04/08 at 12:15 am #
  2. Wow! Those would be lovely as decorations on a Thanksgiving dessert! I need to hunt those down!

    Comment by Natty on 10/05/08 at 7:21 am #
  3. Please can you confirm if its possible for you to send me a bulk quantity of 150 of these pine cones for my wedding?

    Comment by Helen on 9/25/11 at 12:07 pm #

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