This is one of those times where I missed the boat when photographing a selection of chocolates. This eentsy-weentsy box holds 1.76 ounces of chocolate. The box itself is about 3 1/2 inches square. There are nine pieces of molded Belgian chocolates.
So for the same calorie count that you’re used to with a candy bar, you can indulge in these cute little bon bons. They’re a perfect little stocking stuffer, especially when you see that the price is $1.99.
There’s even a little guide to each of the pieces (I’ll go kinda clockwise starting at the top with the biggest piece):
Cream and Vanilla Truffle - a milk chocolate shell with a stiff white chocolate truffle cream filling. Sweet but super-smooth.
White Chocolate Praline - The white chocolate coating has a little dab of dark on the top and a dark chocolate base. The inside is a hazelnut praline paste, a little crunchy with crystallized sugar bits in it.
Dark Chocolate Mocha Praline Tuffle - a sweet hazelnut and coffee praline center with the nice offset of a bittersweet shell. One of the true winners in this box.
White Chocolate Mocha Praline Truffle - what a difference the shell makes, this one was far sweeter overall and the coffee notes lost in the milkiness of the white chocolate.
Milk Chocolate Crisp Hazelnut Paste - this is a lovely little heart-shaped piece with a hazelnut on the top. A nice, well rounded hazelnut flavor, not really that much crisp to the praline, but tasty.
Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate Nougat - pretty much the same thing as the above hazelnut paste but with half a white chocolate shell. Again, making it kind of sweet, but adding a milky quality to it.
Milk Chocolate Crisp Chocolate Truffle Cream - a little triangle with a buttery milk chocolate truffle center with a light caramelized sugar crisp to it.
Milk Chocolate Praline - little roses are embossed on the top of this in dark chocolate, but the rest is milk chocolate with a hazelnut paste center. The simple ones, as usual, are the best.
Dark Chocolate Cream and Pistachio Truffle - a very buttery white creme center with a strong pistachio flavor to it. The texture is wonderful, the flavor rather floral and slightly medicinal.
Though you could just pop each piece into your mouth whole, I bit each in half while eating them, so there are 18 bites total ... a nice way to slow down and enjoy such a small portion.
The selection is a little sweet and hazelnut-focused for an assortment for me. I wanted a bit more dark chocolate (and the dark ones were good). As a change from the normal Toblerone or tube of Droste as a stocking stuffer, party favor or office gift, these are pretty spectacular. As something I’d grab to satisfy me, they don’t quite make it.
Update 1/10/2008: It looks like these may be made by Duc d’O, check out Chocablog’s review.
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