My daughter and I were perusing the plethora of Mothers’ Day chocolates on sale at our local K-Mart the other day when this rather attractive Chinese-style box caught our eye. It had been marked down from $20 to $5 and yet was nowhere near its use-by-date.
Now, the Chinese manufacturing industry (toys in particular) hasn’t been enjoying particularly good publicity of late and the shoddy little ‘Lucky Chocolates 200g’ sticker hastily stuck on the lower right of the box probably didn’t fill any of my fellow choco-shoppers with confidence. However, at 75% discount, we thought they were worth a try and if not, my daughter would at least have found herself a nice trinket box.
We got a rather nice surprise when we saw just how attractive they were, and hoped that the lettering on each chocolate wasn’t saying anything untoward. They also smelled delicious and reminded me of the delectable odor of warm chocolate during my recent tour of the Haigh’s factory.
At 30% cocoa solids, these adorable little squares tasted like a creamy blend of milk and dark chocolate and had a delicious sprinkling of finely chopped almonds throughout. They melted in the mouth easily and lingered on the palate afterwards. Not too sweet but not bitter – just moreish, with my daughter eating four and wanting four more. They would be an ideal ‘introduction’ to the world of dark, darker, darkest chocolates for those still wavering on the milky side.
It was comforting to read the remaining ingredients listed and not see anything other than the usual elements found in good chocolate: cocoa butter, full cream milk powder, cocoa mass, sugar, almonds and vanilla flavouring.
The table stuck underneath the box tells us they were manufactured in China, but distributed here in Australia by Evans Confectionery, ‘Quality Confectionery since 1939.’ Never heard of ‘em. No website for Evans was found, just listings in business directories. No other mention of who made them in China and, perhaps, we’re better off not knowing. A little bonus buy.