I don’t know about you, but I’d never heard of Duc d’O. They may be a premium Belgian chocolatier, but their wares haven’t made it as far as my corner of Finchley – until today.
This little box of “Mini d’O” is a perfectly formed box of chocolates in miniature. Measuring around 10cm square, this box contains 9 perfectly formed milk, dark and white chocolates. According to the obligatory menu we have…
Praline Nougat X3, Crisp Chocolate Truffle Cream, Cream and Vanilla Truffle, Crisp Hazelnutpaste, Mocha Praline Truffle X2, Cream and Pistachio Truffle
Reading that list, I have to say I’m a little disappointed. Despite the fact that all the chocolates look different, many of them have very similar fillings… and they’re all ever so slightly… well, bland.
Now don’t get me wrong, these are beautifully made chocolates and they look amazing. I just wish as much thought had been put into the flavours and textures as had gone into the design. There is a little bit of variation in the consistency of the truffle fillings, but not enough to be able to tell one from another with looking at the box.
Taste-wise, it’s very difficult to get a good idea of quality with chocolates this small. Suffice to say it’s not offensive in any way, but it doesn’t stand out either. All the chocolates are sweet and creamy, and the truffle flavours very quickly overwhelm the chocolate ones.
Now I may be being a little over critical here, simply because my hopes were so high when I opened the box. I’d love to see Duc d’O take the concept of a mini box of chocolates but make them taste as exciting and fun as they look. Until then, I’m sure these miniature chocolates would make a very welcome gift for a miniature friend, but I don’t think I’ll be buying them myself.