David Jones is perhaps the poshest of Australia’s department stores, with their food hall nearly as legendary as Harrods’. Brushing aside their specialist butcher, baker, cake selections, delicatessen, greens, sushi and salads are, naturally, their chocolates.
I’ll save their truffles for another less hot and melty day because this time DJs sleekly innocuous gold boxes grabbed my attention. Not because they’re particularly enticing, but because it seemed like a better way to take home chocolates packed snugly rather than rattling around in a paper bag rapidly getting squashed and drippy in my backpack.
The blurb on the back of box emphasises that the white chocolate contains 16% minimum cocoa solids; the milk chocolate has 29% and dear old dark has at least 59%. It was also nice to read that the box is made of break-downable, ‘earth-friendly materials’ and that even the plastic tray inside is made of vege matter that dissolve quickly. So quickly, in fact, that there were huge holes appearing within an hour of us opening up the box.
Look at them – aren’t they lovely with their coloured-chocolate paint
Predictably, my husband Love Chunks and daughter Sapphire chose the moment of opening to stubbornly hang around, insisting on trying their share. Batting them away I managed to try the mint first (the one with the green leaf) which was a pleasant truffle inside but could have been a bit stronger in order to cut through the chocolate. The strawberry chocolate was sensational and it was easy to taste the real fruit inside. The nut-nougat crème (the one with the white swirl) was also very, very nice.
Having had my first three selections as dark ones, the fourth was the milk chocolate coffee-walnut. This was also particularly good and made me note that it would be worth finding out if David Jones do this in dark chocolate as well.
Love Chunks gave top marks to the dark rum-n-raisin and the milk caramel (white top). The orange-topped one was a milk orange chocolate that didn’t seem to create an enormous amount of ecstasy but he was pretty impressed with the milk hazelnut. Sapphire loved the dark cherry which was like an upmarket version of Cadbury’s Cherry Ripe inside but she was so-so about the mini coconut rough. None of us knew why DJ’s had to include a boring plain white disc in the box when they have so many other flavours to choose from and Love Chunks could not even work out what flavour the rectangle milk-chocolate was supposed to be.
So, a bit of a mixed bag of different flavours – and success rates – to try, but we did find some some real winners in there (strawberry, rum-n-raisin, nougat and cherry) that we’d like to buy more of individually.