When I got a press release about World Cup Widows from Galler and saw their wonderful photo of these Mini Bâtons then I thought I just had to get some of those to try. Marion there was very quick to say yes and here they are, sat in front of me, willing to tried.
Apparently they’re “perfect to share”. I’d say they’re perfect to keep all to yourself. If you’re a man or women that has a partner that really doesn’t like football and has already had enough of the tournament then they’re a perfect gift to say sorry. Or you could play a game where you each colour represents a country and you eat one when they get knocked out – or something like that?
At £14.41 they’re not a bad price for 24 assorted mini batons of white, dark and milk chocolate. But it’s the presentation that I love about these. They were a complete nightmare to photograph because they’re so shiny. But that’s all the better for giving them as a gift. People love shiny things, and if you add colourful chocolates into the equation then you’re on to a real winner – unlike England in the first match. The cunning people have also given us twelve different flavours so that basically means one each too so you shouldn’t be able to argue about who gets what!
It’s this variety I love and you don’t need to be able to speak French to work out what most of them are. OK, sometimes you do. But every one knows what Praline, Oistaches, Lait, Blanc, Vanille are. As you can tell, the colours on each Baton give away, to some degree the flavours you’ll witness.
My particular favourite flavour so far is the Framboise which has a wonderfully sweet raspberry flavour but balance against a reletively mild milk chocolate taste. Whilst the cafè noir had a delightful, if not a touch sweet, coffee flavour.
There are are good number of nutty batons in the shape of the praline, almond and the pistachio. There’s also the noix de coco which is coconut – so make sure you’re aware of that one and don’t think its “nuts with chocolate”.
You could easily spend a lot more than this for a speciaist selection of carré or pavé, but get into the spirit of things. Get a wonderfully presented box of bâtons and try and work out what the names are whilst you hide behind the sofa or England’s next game!