A couple of months ago, I was approached by Thorntons, the chocolate shop, to see if I would like to review any of the products from their luxury chocolates gift collection.
While I don’t often eat straight up chocolate bars, I am rather partial to boxed chocolates and truffles, so my answer was obviously yes – the only problem was that with a trip to Romania looming, I knew I wouldn’t have enough time to eat, review and blog before I went away.
Luckily the lovely team at Thorntons were happy to wait for me to come back, and after the come down of returning to England and returning to work, finding a giant box of chocolates waiting for me was exactly what I needed.
I requested something from the Continental collection, because I thought it would have a nice variety of flavours and no liqueurs – the one type of chocolate I really don’t like.
When I saw the size of the box I thought it would be lots of packaging with a couple boxes of chocolates buried at the bottom, but no – inside was a staggering 1,350g worth of chocolates! Enough to last several months, or to make me very fat in a week…
The Continental Spectacular Collection includes one huge 685g box of assorted chocolates, 3 smaller 150g boxes, four bags of chocolates and three truffle bars, all inspired by flavours from around Europe.
After a thorough sampling of the chocolates over the past two weeks, I would happily recommend it as a gift for any chocolate lover. There is enough variety that pretty much anyone would find something they like, but still keeping to fairly popular flavour combinations that are unlikely to offend.
My personal favourites are the Viennese Truffle (a light and fluffy mouse coated in creamy chocolate and dusted in sugar),the Cappuccino (a coffee mousse coated in white chocolate), and the Sicilian Lemon Mousse (as you’d expect a lemon mousse, coated in milk and white chocolate).
There weren’t really any I disliked, although I think the filling of the Apricot Delice is a tad too sweet, and as I prefer smooth truffle fillings I could have done with a few less of the nutty ones.
In the small boxes out of 13 chocolates there are 8 milk coated and only 2 dark and 3 white coated which is a bit of an imbalance, but with whole bags full of the dark Apricot Delice and Seville Orange and white Vanille Truffle it evens out overall.
At £22, I think this gift collection is excellent value – bought individually the contents would come to more than double that – and I think anyone who received it as a gift would be very impressive. With the amount of chocolate it’s definitely made for sharing and after two weeks I’ve still barely made a dent into it, but that’s certainly not a complaint!
Disclaimer – Thorntons did send me this for free, which was super lovely, but my opinions are 100% honest, as always!