No, it isn’t a typo, these really are vodka and fig pralines. Well, to be more accurate, they’re pralines that are filled with a fig-infused vodka. (I did say figs had suddenly appeared with surprising regularity, if you’ll pardon the pun)
I picked these up in Hungary, but judging from the blurb on the box they should be available in at least ten countries. Elysberg is a German manufacturer and their slightly eccentric web site is (thankfully) in English. I’m not too sure about the remark regarding sweet fruits softening alcohol so it’s pleasant “even for a sensitive woman’s tongue” mind. There’s also a veritable mine of information about the healthy properties of figs (but very little about the dangers of excessive vodka consumption) and they even include advice on how to grow your own fig tree.
The chocolates themselves come in a plastic tray, presumably to protect them in transit because – joy of joys – these alcoholic little treats have no crunchy sugar interior to keep the booze away from the chocolate. Hooray!
So what do they taste like? Definitely alcoholic for one thing. The fig vodka wastes no time in warming up your tongue, but it’s not harsh in any way (of course, I do not possess a “sensitive woman’s tongue”) and the chocolate is very soft on the palate. At 54% cocoa there’s enough dark bittersweet flavour to blend well with the initial hit of alcohol, and the finish is a pleasing combination of the two tastes. Of course the subtleties of the cocoa flavours do tend to get lost in the alcohol, but I was very happy to be eating a liqueur chocolate which didn’t contain 50% sugar by weight. These were certainly unlike anything I’ve come across before, and I was glad I picked these up.