I bought this bag of ten ‘Belgian’ caravels from Bon Bons in Leeds for the princely sum fo £5.95 – which makes them just under 60p each and way below the £2 per truffle I normally aim for when buying quality truffles, caramels and the such like. So surely bon bons at this price couldn’t be all that good?
I’ll give these a quick review, but visually they look very good for that price level. The bag has a solid base, a luxurious label and the ability to see what you’re actually buying inside. They do look a touch ‘factory-made’ rather than handmade and may actually be the case as it looks like the chocolatier Stefan Dumon does retail his chocolates to a wide range of independent stores accross the country and isn’t a chocolatier ‘in residence’. Having not heard of Stefan before I visited the store I thought he made chocolates only for Bon Bons. Nevermind.
The first I tried seemed to be somethig like a crème fraiche with caramel which actually quite nice as the caramel didn’t dominate. The milk chocolate one was too sweet for me, but perfectly acceptable, I would imagine for caramel lovers, whilst the dark chocolate version didn’t offer anything too outstanding and only a slightly different dimension to the milk chocolate variation. The larger milk chocolate caramel in the shape of a rounded triangle was just the same – unfortuantely.
The white chocolate caramel was similarly unadventurous, whilst the circular caramel with a white chocolate dot on the top finally offered a variation of flavour with a fruity edge, but alas, nothing outstanding.
Even though I’m no caramel lover, I am somewhat experienced in tasting caramels. There were two variations from the standard fair, but not enough to get me too excited. There was very little imagination exhibited. I know they were 60p each so I can’t really expect too much. But I feel for people if these were their first introduction to caramels.
As a quick rating, I’d give them 55%. Sorry. Find out more about Bon Bons here.