My daughter has been hassling me to buy these for ages because she loves the look of Ferrero Garden’s gorgeous pastel-and-foil colours which are clearly designed to appeal to the girlie lurking inside in all of us. These pretty little things tend to be more prolific during Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, so that also gives you an idea as to who they’re supposed to appeal to.
Here in Australia in the 1970s, we had our tennis (and Wimbledon) hero, John Newcombe advertising ‘Claytons – the drink you’re having when you’re not having a drink’. It turns out that these Ferreros are the Claytons of the chocolate world. As Simon’s review of the pistachio ones stated the other day, these are, in fact, not chocolates at all, but, according to the description on the back of the box: ‘Crisp crème-filled confections.’ This was borne out when I unwrapped one of each type – no milk chocolate, but what appeared to be white chocolate and coconut on each one.
Hmmm. I wasn’t sure whether to be annoyed at the subterfuge or intrigued, so I dived in and tried all five flavours. These are almond, pistachio, forest fruits, hazelnut and coconut and all of them were superb with a subtle flavour that was easy to distinguish from each other. All of them were creamy and light, with a tiny crunch from the wafer that surrounds the white-chocolate-mousse-like filling. The main ingredients are sugar, vegetable fats, vegetable oil and whey powder. No wonder they tasted buttery… It was also interesting to discover that they contain ‘powdered fruits’ including Prickly Pear. Prickly Pear here in Australia is a noxious weed!
Despite the dodgy ingredients, complete lack of chocolate and the chicky-babe Nanna-in-Sequins appearance, even the man of our house – Love Chunks – enjoyed them and announced he’d be more than proud to be seen eating them in public.
We ate the entire Ferrero Garden box within a sitting, happy to find that eighteen divided into three perfectly. Sadly, there was only two forest fruit ‘crème filled confections’ in there – and they were my favourite – and four each of the others. Perhaps the ingredients (such as that essential pesky powdered Prickly Pear) are more expensive? But if this is not the case, if Simon can get his hands on an entire box devoted to the pistachio flavoured ones, why can’t we also get a whole box of the forest fruits? Please, Ferrero?