This box of handmade truffles was sent to us by Ruth at Coco Bean, a small Welsh chocolatier. They come in boxes of six or twelve, and you can choose which individual truffles you want when placing your order.
As you can see, there’s a nice variety, although mine did arrive slightly the worse for having passed through the hands of the Royal Mail. Nothing too bad, but lots of flakes of chocolate in the bottom of the box suggests we probably didn’t get them at their absolute best.
The flavours are: Ginger, Ffion’s Mess, Orange, Hazelnut, Lemon, Banoffee, Coffee, Chilli, Champagne, Coconut, George’s Vanilla and Caramel. The chocolates are made with fresh ingredients and no preservatives, which is great, but means they only have a shelf life of two weeks. That just means you have an excuse to eat them more quickly.
There’s nice mix of dark, milk and white chocolates, so there should be something for everyone here, although in general, I did find them a little too sweet for my liking.
Standouts for me were George’s Vanilla – a fresh cream vanilla truffle that tastes just like a nice vanilla ice cream, and the dark chocolate Ginger Truffle, which wasn’t too sweet and had just the right level of ginger spicyness.
Overall, this is a pleasant box of fresh chocolates. Personally I find them a bit too sweet and a little old fashioned, but I know many people like that. As far as freshness and quality of ingredients go though, I’ve been spoiled by having recently tried the amazing Cocoa Mountain Truffles.
A few tweaks (lighter ganaches and a touch less sugar), and these could be improved significantly. As it is, I don’t know that I would buy them for myself – but I did quite happily scoff them all in the process of writing this review.