It didn’t take me long to decide I wanted to buy these Lime, Chilli and Tequila dark chocolate truffles from Montezuma’s when I saw them on their website – I didn’t even look twice at the price. And for £4.79 you get ten regular truffles which I’d say is a particularly good price for what you get.
I haven’t reviewed anything from Montezuma’s for well over a year since I had a look at their organic cinnamon bar which I didn’t get on too well with. These truffles are a different matter altogether. The truffles I had looked somewhat forlorn compared to the picture of them they offer, but it’s probably for the bette – they had a handful of truffles liberally sprinkled with chilli flakes, where as the ones I had almost none – there may have been a few at the bottom of the bag, but that’s about it.
These truffles had a fairly thick shell that was harder than most I’ve tried, but still a great deal easier to eat than the Charbonnel et Walker ones. The shell is not as bitter as I expected it to be. At only 60% cacao it’s fairly light and works incredibly well against the very earthy truffle centre. And this is where the fun begins. I can actually pick out all three of the constituent flavours. The lime serves to act as a flavour that surrounds the others, it’s there from the moment it starts to melt in your mouth right until the end.
The Tequila flavour lasts a shorter amount of time. It seems to start half-way through the melt and then tails off at which point the chilli kicks in with vengeance. It may not be as hot as the Pleasure and Pain Easter egg I reviewed last year, but it does leave a fairly intense heat on your lips and at the back of your mouth which I found incredibly pleasant.
So often I’ve had truffles that are delicate, perhaps they’ve got rose petals in, or very soft flavours and it’s very nice to try something that aims to knock your socks off. And although they don’t leave me gasping for a pale of water in a way reminiscent of the old Tom & Jerry cartoons, there is enough kick for most people.
I might like to try them with a much softer centre to see how the experience differs, but I do think they’re pretty damn good – a must buy for chili and chocolate lovers!