Mothers Day is one of those holidays that it’s all too easy to forget. And if you have forgotten, then you’d better get your skates on because it’s this Sunday! Luckily, we’re here to remind you with the help of this little selection from Liverpool’s Chocolate Cellar.
What we have is a hessian tray with a large “Happy Mothers Day” milk chocolate bar and some dark, milk and white mini chocolate buttons, a small assortment box, a milk chocolate shoe and a dark chocolate… handbag, I think!
Oh – and a little book of Quotations for Chocolate Lovers – “There is no love more sincere than the love of chocolate”. Quite.
Unfortunately, that little book also contains less flattering quotations like “Destiny shapes our ends, calories shape our middles” and “Some people grow up and spread cheer. Chocoholics just grow up and spread”.
I’m not sure why a chocolate company would send me (or anyone) that. It’s not really the kind of thing I’d want to read along with my gift of chocolate. And unfortunately, it’s representative of this little selection as a whole. First impressions are favourable, but things go down hill a bit when you look beneath the surface.
As this is intended as a Mothers Day gift, I wanted a female opinion of this little selection, so I took them over to our friend Jennifer Earle to get her impressions. Jen runs London’s Chocolate Ecstasy Tours and definitely knows her chocolate.
Her first impressions were similar to mine. They’re pretty enough if you’re going for the home-made look, but they’re more arts-and-crafts than artisan. Nothing wrong with that though.
We then started tasting and were immediately disappointed. The chocolate was universally too sweet and lacked any real flavour. That wasn’t as much of a problem for the milk and white chocolate, but the dark chocolate pieces tasted of nothing much at all.
The little box of six assorted chocs looked rather appealing, but again, the chocolate lacked any real flavour the shells were too thick. Neither of us were fond of any of the overly sweet fillings either. There was a nice pecan filling, but the rest tasted a little artificial. Unfortunately, we had no way of confirming that as there were no ingredients listed anywhere, but that could just have been our review samples.
So as chocolate lovers, we were both a little disappointed by this selection. The average mum who doesn’t eat chocolate every day might not notice some of the shortcomings, but that doesn’t change the fact that there are higher quality alternatives available on most High Streets. I know The Chocolate Cellar can do much better than this.