Every day seems more summery so why not try some chocolate treats to match the glorious weather? Up here the sun is shining and am in the mood to sit in the garden with some Champagne and munch away on some similarly boozy kirsch cherries. And thankfully that’s exactly what I’ve got in front of me.
I bought some from Montezuma’s as the weather started to heat up and thought it’d be a refreshing break from some of the beasty chocolate I regularly review. And it’s another great move on my part (if I do say so myself). The thing is that when I review chocolates in packets I usually pour them out and count them up so I can work out the value for money for you – but I tried the one and then didn’t stop until I’d eaten most of them. At a rough guess I’d say you’d get about 30 so for £6.49 I’d say they’re pretty good value for money.
Strangely they look at touch like Hershey’s Kisses with their bulbous base and chocolate swirl hanging off. This actually helps greatly as you dunk two fingers into the packet to grasp another delightful kirsch liqueur-soaked cherry. You can most definitely taste the booze on it – even though each is only 8% booze.
It seems they’ve got the balance between alcohol, cherry and the dark chocolate coating absolutely spot on. That dark chocolate is made with 73% cocoa solids and is a lovely, mild dark chocolate at that. Of course, any sort of highly acidic dark chocolate would be too similar to the cherry flavour to be too enjoyable. The balance of those mild, smooth flavours with that of the sharp, sweet just combine so beautifully.
What I’ve also learned is that cherries contain anthocyanins which apparently help reduce inflammation and contain antioxidants and may actually help reduce weight – but when you consider that information came from the Cherry Marketing Institute then I’d take it with a pinch of salt. Also if you’re a vegan then they’re apparently suitable for you too and perhaps one of the most decadent chocolate treats on the market that is clearly labelled as ‘suitable for vegans’? What’s more, they’re also gluten and soya free as well as free from colouring and preservatives.
Damn, these are so good! I’m taking the left overs out into the garden! I’d love to know if you guys can recommend any others?