Guest Chocablogger Natasha Faria is back with a selection from South Africa…
Geldhof Chocolatiers are pretty much a mainstay of South African luxury chocolates. They stock a large variety – truffles, ganaches, chocolate bars, chocolate novelties (such as shot glasses and puzzles) and gifting. There are only 5 branches nationwide, and all of them are in Gauteng, so I’ve been aware of them for quite a while. You can check out their website and if you live in Gauteng, they’ll deliver! I dropped into the Cresta branch and being partial to cute little things, this gorgeous box of chocolates was right up my alley. I decided to leave the choice of what I would be reviewing up to the manager, who selected these six as either her choice or as the most popular – I’m not too sure. She didn’t tell me what the selection contained either, so it’ll be guesswork! Communication was not her strong point, but I’m hoping chocolate is.
First off – the butterfly. I should mention that white chocolate is my nemesis. If it’s white, it’s not right.
However, this is quite a nice little chocolate. The white chocolate is crisp and very sweet and creamy – as I suppose all white chocolates are. The centre taste like a milk chocolate ganache – very creamy and extraordinarily, but not sickly, sweet. It could be a caramel ganache in a white chocolate shell, but I may be overly influenced by the shell – which is a little too thick for my liking. Judging by the design and combination of flavours, I would judge this to be something perfect for that lady in your life who likes sweet things but not necessarily chocolatey things.
Next up, the almond surprise. I love the nut and chocolate combination, and this is quite divine. A milk chocolate ganache in a dark chocolate shell with roasted almonds covering it. The almonds set off the creamy ganache perfectly, while the dark chocolate and almonds work in unison to stop this from being too sweet while not taking anything away from the chocolate experience.
The criss-crossing chocolate is a wonderful surprise truffle – coconut fudge in a milk chocolate shell. Although the coconut is not apparent visually, you can begin tasting it from the moment you sink your teeth into the fudge. The fudge is lovely also – dark and decadent overtones give way to light sugary, almost syrupy, taste and it is not so dense that it overpowers the coconut. The shell is a perfect accompaniment, with the white sugar adding a little bit of light sweetness to the dark, fudgy flavour. A real winner.
The cake truffle is another interesting one – a milk chocolate shell covers a milk chocolate ganache on which caramelised sugar is sprinkled. Remember the large-grained sugar that came in different colours that your mom used to sprinkle on cupcakes and occasionally (if you were good) your porridge in the morning? They’re rather like that. I think this is the kind of chocolate meant to be eaten in one bite so that all the flavours can combine, and if eaten in that manner, the enormous white chocolate cap is not too disgusting! I love the combination of chocolate, ganache and sugar – similar in texture relationships to the almond surprise, but sweeter. A lovely stocking filler for aspiring chocolate connoisseurs.
Also in the selection was a truffle very similar to the cake truffle. Milk chocolate shell, milk chocolate ganache, white chocolate drizzle… but, oh wonder of wonders, little pieces of honeycomb interspersed with little pieces of nut. Unidentifiable nut but nut nonetheless. Again with the textures, so I won’t go into that, but quite a sweet chocolate. However, I wouldn’t take this and the cake truffle – they’re too similar and the difference between the caramelised sugar and the honeycomb/nut combination is negligible.
I was saving this last icing sugar coated truffle for last, as I thought it could only hold good things. However, it holds… a white chocolate ganache. Yucky. However, that being said, the ganache is so light that it makes me wonder if raw eggs were beaten into it. It really is the most tasty white ganache I’ve had – sweet and creamy but not completely offensive. Together with the milk chocolate shell and icing sugar dusting, it’s altogether too sweet for my liking, but that’s what you get when someone else picks for you.
Overall, I think that the chocolates are a good buy – and would make a fantastic gift for any woman (or women) in your life. My dislike of white chocolate is not an accurate representation of the quality of their chocolates, and I would recommend that you drop past and allow yourself to be seduced.