I’m a sucker for Cartmel’s products after being introduced to their sticky toffee puddings earlier this year by an aunt. But I also love the fantastic homely and fun brand that they’ve created – I simply don’t know how anyone could resist buying their products if they saw them in the shops! I certainly couldn’t. Whilst shopping for some Scottish chocolates I found these in Dobbies for £3.49 and they somehow found themselves in my basket. I’m glad I had a complete lapse of will-power at that moment as they utterly delightful.
In the fairly large box you’ll get 12 of these little truffle-sized chocolates well-spaced out and ready to pluck from the plastic tray. The appearance of them was fine, but I much prefer the dustiness you get from Charbonnel et Walker truffles, but I’m not going to grumble at a shiny chocolate covering – am I?
The aroma wasn’t what I was expecting. It had the scent of Nestle Easter eggs which was a touch off-putting. But I parked that thought to one-side and dove into the first of bunch. The chocolate coating was actually a lot thicker than I anticipated – there was a welcome crunch to it. But you’d not be thinking off this aspect too long as the fairly salty but sharp, liquid toffee will grab you by the throat and shake you – the toffee is very intense indeed!
Interestingly the toffee does subside and you’re left with the milk chocolate flavour that does occupy a small area of your mouth. I wouldn’t say the chocolate is great, and is a very poor relative to the Paul A Young Salted Caramel Easter Egg which used a much better quality of chocolate. But if you’re simply interested in working your way through the list of Cartmel products and you love plasma-like toffee then you’re on to a winner. I’ve only demolished half the box as I needed a sugar rush after a hectic day. I’d still much prefer a nice box of chocolate brownies instead!