Holy f***! Everyone’s favourite sweary chef has a range of f***ing chocolates! But are they any f***ing good, or is Gordon Ramsay just cashing in on his f***ing name again? Let’s find out!
And let’s stop the f***ing swearing too. That could get quite irritating…
The box contains 16 milk, white and dark chocolates and my first reaction upon opening it was that it reminded me of a slightly cheaper version of the Lindt Precious Collection.
I guess the only thing for it is to give a quick opinion of each of the 8 chocolates (2 of each) in the box. So here goes…
Ecuadorian Chocolate Truffle
Single origin Ecuadorian Dark chocolate truffle decorated with gold leaf.
A strong, rich, dark chocolate with an equally rich, but soft centre. This is a pure chocolate hit, so definitely one for the real dark chocolate fans. Others might be put off a little by the lack of any other flavours. The gold leaf is a little of pointless and I would not have even noticed it if they hadn’t pointed it out.
White chocolate truffle with lime juice and vodka.
Smooth and creamy with a citrus edge. Not as jarring as some of the white chocolate / citrus combinations I’ve had before. The level of lime is just about right, but I’m not convinced there’s actually any vodka in it.
White chocolate truffle with concentrated strawberry juice and freeze dried strawberry.
I love freeze dried strawberry, and it goes really well with white chocolate. I think this could have had a little more of a “hit” to it, but it was still very nice.
Marc de Champagne Truffle
Belgian milk chocolate with Marc de Champagne truffle centre, coated in icing sugar.
Just the right mix of Champagne and chocolate flavours. Much preferred these over the Charbonnel et Walker Marc de Champagne Truffles ones I tried a while back.
Hazelnut praline & caramelised almond pieces in Belgian milk chocolate.
Creamy, nutty, soft and delicious. The caramelised almond pieces give a satisfying crunch to this delicious knobbly creation.
Salted Honeycomb Fudge
Butter Fudge in Belgian dark chocolate with honeycomb pieces.
I really enjoyed this one. All the flavours – (salt, fudge, honeycomb and dark chocolate) are distinguishable, but the whole thing works particularly well – and the honeycomb pieces give a similar satisfying crunch to the Nut Cluster.
Coffee truffle with Belgian dark chocolate.
My least favourite of the bunch. There’s something very odd about the coffee flavour here – it tastes something like instant coffee mixed with cigarette ash to me (or how I assume that would taste). Ick.
Belgian milk chocolate with white chocolate and pistachio centre.
This one was a little bland. There isn’t much of a pistachio flavour to it, or even much of a white chocolate taste. It’s sweet and soft, but that’s about all there is to say about it.
In summary, these are for the most part, pretty good. The main exception for me is the Cappuccino Bruleé, which didn’t really have any resemblance to any Cappuccino or Bruleé I’ve ever tasted.
Aside from that, they’re well made and well thought out. They’re not up to the quality of the Lindt offering though. The soft centres just aren’t quite soft enough and the flavours aren’t quite as exciting as they could be.
But I know there are many female Gordon Ramsay fans who would appreciate this simply for the name on the box. And while these are pretty decent chocolates, a large part of me thinks that anyone who would want to receive a gift branded “Gordon Ramsay” does not deserve to receive chocolates in the first place.