I love this time of year. Valentine’s Day and Easter mean only one thing for me – vast quantities of chocolate. But more often than not, that quantity comes at the expense of quality. I have so many experiences of cheap seasonal chocolate, or mundane Easter Eggs that turn out to be completely hollow, that I don’t often hold out a lot of hope for seasonal chocolate treats.
And that’s why this little creation from Betty’s deserves a special mention.
As you can see, it’s a chocolate heart. But it’s a gorgeous chocolate heart. Embossed with a flower motif and brushed with gold powder, it not only looks special, but when you remove the cellophane, it feels special too. The chocolate has a weight and a quality to it that almost makes it a shame to break into it.
Inside, there are eight rather inviting pink champagne truffles, simply packed with paper to stop them moving around. The packing seems to have done the job perfectly, as they survived the rigours of the postal system in perfect condition.
When removed from the packaging, you can see just how pretty the truffles are. But more of them in a moment. First I want to talk about the chocolate heart they come in.
It not only looks good, but it’s made from quality chocolate too. It’s a 65% cocoa solids Venezuelan dark chocolate made by Felchlin, a well known quality Swiss chocolate maker.
I think it’s the perfect choice to accompany these truffles. There’s quite a lot of it, so you wouldn’t want a bitter chocolate, and a 70% might just be a little too dark. As it is, it’s sweet and smooth, and very easy to eat. It’s not a particularly complex flavour, but it’s pleasant nonetheless.
But the real stars are the Champagne truffles. They’re dusted in pink icing sugar, so you instantly get a burst of sweetness, before the chocolate comes to the front. The ganache is very smooth and fresh, and the Champagne flavour balance is just right. It’s quite a gentle flavour, rather than a full on alcoholic kick, which is just the way I like it. They are very difficult to stop eating once you get going…
At £18.95, I think this is a great value handmade Valentine’s gift, that’s a bit different from the mass market alternatives. If you’re going to give a Valentine’s gift at all, I think it’s worth choosing something that looks like you’ve put a bit of thought into it, and this fits the bill nicely.