I had Victoria from Charbonnel et Walker ask if I’d like to try their new Banoffee Truffles and seeing as I’m possibly the biggest fan of chocolate truffles there is and I love banana tasting food then it really didn’t take me long to think about it.
Not only did I receive a fantastic box of 8 truffles from them but they also sent a fantastic press pack which outlines some of the fantastic chocolate gifts they’ve got lined up for Christmas. I’m going to divert onto these for a second as they look very imaginative and enticing. First off they’ve teamed up with Ettinger and created a pink leather chocolate and jewel box – a crazy idea if you ask me ;-). They’ve also created a “Christmas Coffret” which has a wide range of delicious looking chocolate gifts in a “hamper”. But one of the items that really stands out for me is the Charbonnel et Walker Port & Cranberry truffles – if no-one sends me any, I’ll be buying myself some of those! For the kids they’ve got a whole load of chocolate shapes and other chocolate goodies. I know its too early to talk about Christmas as the sun is shining, but I thought I’d let all those Charbonnel et Walker fans out their know that they’ve got some interesting chocolate gifts coming up for the Winter season.
Back on to the truffles. The round box containing the Banoffee Truffles is very striking with the yellow and gold stripes and indicates without question that the contents are going to be rich, creamy and utterly fascinating. But, I don’t know if its because I’m colour-blind (to a degree), but I couldn’t make out the writing all that easily – I’m just glad I’ve got fully working taste-buds! However, anyone that has trouble fully tasting food can have no doubt they’ll manage to get a taste sensation with these truffles.
You get eight of these wonderful truffles in a box which has a retail price of £10.95, however, the Charbonnel et Walker website is offering an introductory 10% off. So get your order in quickly as I’m not sure when the price will go back up again.
When you open the box you’ll notice a very intoxicating and overwhelming banana aroma. You certainly know they’re going to be very sweet and knock your socks off. Personally I prefer the look of their Pink Champagne Truffles, but these Banoffee ones still do look very appetising.
When you bite into each individual truffle the natural banana extract with the white chocolate come through beautifully. I didn’t know it had caramel in it before I read the imformation, however the caramel flavour works exceptionally well with the other very prominent flavours. And as you gently consume them you’ll notice a beautiful opera taking place in your mouth with flavours moving around quickly, punching out the high notes with aplomb.
I’d be very surprised if anyone could work their way through all eight without taking a break as your taste buds will be adequately occupied even minutes after the truffle has disappeared from your mouth.
I definitely don’t think this is a chocolate treat you’d enjoy with any other powerful alcoholic drink, instead I’d probably suggest it went with a dry white wine to balance the flavours. Or even a very nice cup of tea (as I am!)
Taste: 78% – if you’re in the mood for a powerful, sweet chocolate experience then this is the perfect one for you!
Texture: 85% – the milk chocolate coating was nice and soft with the truffle in the centre melting easily and effortlessly in your mouth.
Appearance: 80% – the packaging was very unique and striking, the truffles themselves sat beautifully in the small cases. Very good indeed.
Nutritional Information: 75% – you’re eating truffles, why look? Even though many won’t read it, there was a good amount of information available.
Price: 70% – I’m a tight northerner. But if I was buying a chocolate gift then I think the price is wholly suitable for the uniqueness and quality of the truffles.
Overall: 77.6% – unusual but still keeping to the ethos of truffles: to offer indulgence in a handy form. Try them for yourself.
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