I thought I should get into Valentine’s Day mode to see what the local stores had to offer for amorous Canadians. The majority of it was the usual stuff, just repackaged into heart-shaped boxes, but something did catch my eye in Laura Secord – Sex And The City licensed chocolates. After all, who wouldn’t want to eat what Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte eat? Exactly.
I picked the smaller of the two logo-emblazoned pink boxes which had four chocolates, each apparently being the favourite of the four main characters in the show. There is also a larger hatbox-shaped box which combines these signature chocolates with various truffles, but my budget couldn’t stretch that far because these are really rather expensive. The small box comes in at just over ten dollars, and considering that is only for four chocolates, they had better be some pretty memorable chocolates.
The whole thing is nicely packaged, with a very substantial box which is barely half-filled by the plastic tray that holds the four chocolates. The actual chocolates continue the theme with appropriate designs like a cityscape, leopard print and, of course, shoes. So it does well in the looks department at least. But let’s move onto the feature presentation – the chocolates.
Carrie’s favourite is a Milk Chocolate Cosmopolitan, and it really is disappointing. The flavour is hardly there at all and the thick creamy filing just disappears amidst the milk chocolate. Most people would be hard pressed to recognise this as a Cosmopolitan, especially fans of the cocktail.
Miranda’s favourite is a big improvement. It is a Dark Chocolate Caramel Almond, with a runny caramel centre that comes somewhere between marzipan and Amaretto on the taste spectrum. Definitely the most interesting of the foursome.
Samantha’s favourite, a Milk Chocolate Champagne, is not significantly different from Carrie’s, with a thick, sweet cream that at least has a champagne-like taste. The sweetness is almost too much though and it isn’t something I feel the urge to eat again and again.
And finally, there’s Charlotte’s favourite, a Dark Chocolate Lemon Raspberry. The filling is rich and definitely finds a good balance between the two flavours, but when combined with the dark chocolate shell, it gets a little lost because that initial burst of sharpness fades away too quickly. Close, but not quite.
Worth the money? Definitely not. This really is a case of style over substance, making it the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. I guess I’m just a romantic at heart…