Christmas and chocolate truffles go together like ... umm ... Easter and chocolate eggs ! And a company who makes exceedingly good chocolate truffles is The Alresford Chocolate Company. I first discovered this luxury brand of delicious handmade chocolate treats a couple of months ago when they sent me a pouch of their exquisite Christmas pudding truffles to try out.
And I was lucky enough to receive another delicious offering to sample, this time their Dark Chocolate Grand Marnier & Orange Truffles. Visually, they look almost identical to the Christmas pudding truffles, until you bite them in half and see the little nuggets of natural orange pieces studding the chocolate like little gems.
The texture of the truffle is divine - it offers slight resistance to the teeth then just oozes creaminess and smoothness as it melts delectably in your mouth. The delicate flavours of orange and chocolate mingle and enhance one another, striking the perfect balance to tickle your tastebuds.
I was asked to compare the two types of truffles that I've tried and I have to say, that's a tough call ! The Grand Marnier and Orange truffles are absolutely delicious, but I have to say that the flavour isn't quite as mindblowingly original and different as the Christmas pudding ones. However, I'd quite happily eat these ones all year round, whereas the Christmas pudding ones are a festive treat that I'd like to reserve for this time of year.
Pricewise, either flavour will cost you £5.50 for a 70g pouch containing six truffles. And tastewise, you'll be blown away whichever flavour you pick ! If you need extra proof of this, they recently exhibited at the Taste of Christmas show and both of these products topped their sales charts, followed by their ever popular, premium 'Hot Chocolate Twiddlers', which sound fabulous too !
star rating : 5/5
RRP : £5.50
for more information : http://www.chocolatecraft.co.uk
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