Thursday, October 27, 2005

Terry’s Chocolate Orange

Name: Terry’s Chocolate Orange
Brand: Terry’s (Kraft)
Place Purchased: Sainsbury Deli (West Los Angeles)
Price: $1.29
Size: 40 grams
Calories per ounce: ~150
Type: Chocolate

When I was a kid, Santa used to bring Chocolate Oranges to us in our stockings. This bar is like that, but not sectioned and spherical, but a heck of a lot easy to stow in your handbag or backpack.

Like many holiday products, it’s the packaging and associations of the season that make them special. Most chocolate Easter bunnies I ate as a child were horrible waxy chocolate but as big as my arm; they were part of the holiday and any holiday that had a large container of candy involved was obviously good. Easter, as the last candy holiday of the year meant that all jelly beans and peeps must be eaten, because there will be no more candy until Halloween. I pretty much feel the same way about chocolate oranges, they’re not necessarily good when you look at them with the analytical eye of sophisticated adult tastes, but nostalgia makes up for a lot of that.

Here are the ingredients: Sugar, skimmed milk powder, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, butterfat, emulsifier (Soya lecithin), flavorings (orange oil, vanillin). See ... it’s sugar and some powdered milk ... then you get to the chocolate part. Terry’s is very sweet, very milky chocolate, and not milk in the sense of that deliciously smooth and creamy stuff, I’m talking that powdered stuff. You know, the stuff you drank when you couldn’t afford real milk. The stuff that reminds you of not being able to afford milk, let alone candy.

All that said, the taste of this is Christmas. It’s sweet and has the wonderful essence of orange (which is a really good complement to chocolate). The bar is delightfully shaped like a bunch of orange sections in a row and you can snap them off almost like the round orange. So just like I can’t help but gnaw on the waxy ears of chocolate rabbits, I can’t help but eat this whole bar even if it did make my teeth hurt.

Rating - 7 out of 10

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:59 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewKraftChocolate7-Worth ItUnited Kingdom

Comments
  1. Made your teeth hurt? That’s not good.

    I thought those orange-chocolate balls that you smash open were a new thing, in the last five years or so! I guess I missed a very good Christmas treat, but my grandma always made sure we had ribbon candy.

    Comment by russ on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. Maybe it’s nostalgia getting to me too - but I LOVE the chocolate orange ball things. Lol. Now I’m going to have to hunt for those - I forgot about them!

    And I have to say - Cadbury Creme Eggs are an Easter obsession of mine wink I totally agree about the holiday candy syndrome!

    Comment by Rebecca on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  3. I love smashing those chocolate orange balls even more than I love eating them.

    Comment by :: jozjozjoz :: on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  4. There are several Terry’s flavours: dark chocolate raspberry, white chocolate lime, mint.  They all come in the traditional ball shape; the bars have only been out a couple of years.

    N

    Comment by Anonymous on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  5. Mm, Chocolate orange.  You know that the orange sphere makers also make raspberry? (Still in an orange shape though…O_O)

    Comment by Tindy on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  6. I recently noticed in a UK supermarket that Terry’s has brought out a mint shaped chocolate ball - the same shape and size as their orange.

    Comment by Anonymous on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  7. Cybele's avatar

    I don’t remember if the chocolate oranges I used to get as a child were the Terry’s brand ... and yes, I am a grown woman and I still get a Christmas stocking. (Last year I got Droste in it, not a chocolate orange.)

    When more Christmas candy comes in, I’ll do a fruit basket review!

    Comment by Cybele on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  8. It seems to me that the chocolate orange used to be really hard to find in the US, even as recently as 10 years ago. Now that Kraft owns & distributes it, it’s in many major retail outlets - sort of like Toblerone, for that matter! The history section of their web site doesn’t state when it became a Kraft product, though, so I don’t know if this explains everything. I do so love the dark chocolate orange, though. (Did you know they had a chocolate apple before the orange? Wacky!)

    Comment by Tricia on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  9. Cybele's avatar

    Tricia - I think I remember getting chocolate apples as a kid, but they weren’t apple flavored (and might have been dark chocolate). We did also get Toblerones too ... and Droste sometimes or Baci and of course Torrones.

    This of course was all mixed in with kisses and hard candies and of course Santa always gave us nuts and an orange or pomegranate in the toe.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  10. Hi, my name is Colton Whitman, as you may already know. I have joined this site simply becuase I have noticed that the comercials for the candy have been the same for quite a while ( no offence ). However, I have a salution. I have been thinking and I have thought of a great comercials that represents that ” Good things happen when you smash a Teyy’s Chocolate Orange “.If someone could give me a contact to talk to about this that would be great. Thank -You

    Comment by Colton Whitman on 11/28/05 at 5:17 pm #
  11. i loooove Terry’s chocolate orange!
    its handsome!
    i eat 2 bars everyday!
    (im young) so it dont matter heheh lol
    im going up the road to buy one now.

    Comment by paris on 4/26/06 at 2:28 pm #
  12. why is this chocolate SO good!
    i miss the English terry’s, im from Australia and you can get them over here but they are made over here
    (Australian chocolate is yuck)
    its not the same as the English Terry’s!

    hmm if only i could have 1more tast!

    Comment by Emily on 4/26/06 at 2:32 pm #
  13. I had to throw in my two cents:  The chocolate orange has been around for a long long time, and it DID used to be hard to find in the US.  That’s because it was made by Droste.  It was really high quality delicious chocolate.  Now the only ones you can get are Terry’s (Kraft) and they are AWFUL.

    Comment by Jennifer on 7/27/06 at 11:39 am #
  14. Does anybody know where I could find the Terry’s chocolate raspberry in the Ft. Myers, Fl area?
    Thanks!!!

    Comment by Janice on 12/21/06 at 8:01 am #
  15. I keep hearing that the chocolate oranges are not hard to find anymore, BUT i cant find one to save my life. All the stores around here only have them at christmas time and just the orange. Is there a certain place i should check?

    Comment by Hollowtear on 1/10/07 at 4:56 pm #
  16. Anyway at all to buy the orange chocolates that was made in the UK?

    I feel like I’m missing out on something that tasted much better than before.

    Also, are you sure it can be found even in the US? I can hardly find it here in Chicago.

    Comment by Ari on 2/13/07 at 11:48 am #
  17. I am trying to find a wholesale distributer of Terry’s Chocolate Oranges.  Does anyone know of any?  Otherwise, if anyone knows of any stores that sell them, other than Cost Plus World Market, that would be great!

    Thanks!

    Comment by Camille on 9/18/07 at 7:19 am #
  18. Try the dollar store.  I have good luck with them.  Also try the grocery outlet. Hope you get what you are looking. The dollar store changes their stock frequently.  If yo don’t find it the first time, go back and check again.

    Comment by carol rogers on 1/28/09 at 1:20 am #
  19. the uk chocolate oranges have always been made by Terrys, since the early 20th century.

    Comment by alan on 7/12/09 at 4:53 am #
  20. We used to get Droste Chocolate Oranges when I was a kid. I remember when I could no longer find them. Now, I settle for the Terry’s for stockings, though I might just try those Florida Tropic ones you reviewed recently. They have a coconut flavoured one that just sounds nummy.

    Comment by RR on 12/14/09 at 6:06 pm #
  21. “Terry’s Chocolate Orange Dark” is not dark chocolate at all, contains milk ingredients, and artificial flavor. One good ingredient is the orange oil.
    When I contacted Terry’s on their toll-free number (on box of product), they would not give me the cocoa content of this product.
    The chocablog website stated that this product has only 40 % cocoa solids.
      Chocolate is health-promoting only from 70 % cocoa content on.

    Comment by Hanni on 1/18/10 at 10:46 am #
  22. Seems to me that the English version of the Chocolate Orange tastes different now to when I was a kid. I know, I know, you could say it’s *my* taste that’s changed, but then why haven’t I noticed any difference in the taste of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk since then? I reckon the Chocolate Orange used to have a richer orange flavour and was darker chocolate, probably containing more cocoa. Has anyone else noticed this?

    Comment by Jerome on 10/17/10 at 2:06 pm #
  23. @Jerome it’s probable that the recipe has been tweaked over the years. I imagine that when you had it as a Kid it was still made by Terry’s as an independent chocolate company, whereas Terry’s was taken over by Kraft a few years ago so, even though Terry’s name still exists, it’s really in name only now :( There is the Milk and Dark version aswell, so it’s possible you’re thinking of the dark version. I don’t recall any difference in the milk version being lighter/darker but i could be wrong lol

    Comment by Alan on 10/17/10 at 2:35 pm #
  24. @Alan,
    I’m talking mid 70s so it was definitely made by Terry’s then. I dont *think* there was a milk/dark version then but I may be wrong. The milk chocolate version just seems incredibly bland now compared to then - like there’s more fat and less chocolate. I’ll look out for the dark one anyway - ta for the tip!

    Comment by Jerome on 10/17/10 at 3:56 pm #
  25. @Jerome yeah it was def still Terry’s then..I wish it still was lol. When they were launched in 1932 they were apparently called Desert Chocolate Oranges which seems to indicate the dark version predated the milk, but that might be an inaccurate interpretation! I have a book with a pic of an original ad in it which calls them the above and the chocolate looks very dark indeed so it seems a safe assumption lol

    Comment by Alan on 10/17/10 at 4:36 pm #
  26. Wow - you know your chocolate Sir! Had no idea they were that old. I bet the originals tasted better than any of the versions I’ve had anyway. Thanks for the feedback.

    Comment by Jerome on 10/17/10 at 4:47 pm #
  27. Where can I find the chocolate orange where you whack it and it splits into pieces in my area?

    Comment by Barbara on 10/28/12 at 8:41 pm #

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