I really do try not to be a chocolate snob but sometimes it is hard, and while I’m more than happy to eat an unfeasible number of Flake bars every now and again, I’m getting to the point where it is hard to eat low quality chocolate. And make no mistake, the President’s Choice Swiss Praline Collection uses low quality chocolate.
I’m not a fan of the use of palm oil in chocolate, but sometimes it is more noticeable. In the case of this box, the chocolates feel greasy when you pick them up. Not a positive sign. And as the chocolate melts in your mouth, it becomes even more obvious and not in a good way. Nevertheless, I worked my way through the three different varieties.
The Almond Mousse Praline has a decent almondy flavour, but it struggles against the milk chocolate because of its oily texture and strange aftertaste. It isn’t really light enough to be a mousse either.
The Double Dark Chocolate Praline is good in theory and has the best flavour of the trio because there’s no clash between the two components. It isn’t a very dark chocolate though and lacks the big chocolate taste that its name suggests.
The Stracciatella Praline at least has a bit of texture to it because of the little bits of chocolate nibs mixed into the praline, but it still isn’t very tasty.
It is as simple as this – when the chocolate isn’t very good, it doesn’t matter what might be hidden on the inside because it isn’t going to taste good. And this oily chocolate doesn’t taste good. Definitely my least favourite of this batch of President’s Choice boxed chocolates and one that I can’t recommend at all.