Nothing says Christmas quite like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange stuffed into your stocking. Well, not if you’re my Dad at least. Either me or my sister have bought him one every year since about 1980. It started off as a serious gift, but now it’s more of a joke. My Dad hates Chocolate Oranges.
In my mind, the Chocolate Orange falls into a similar category to After Eight mints. Back in the 70s, they were the height of sophistication, but these days they don’t quite cut it.
If you’ve never had one before, Terry’s Chocolate Orange is a 175g ball of solid chocolate, flavoured with orange oil and divided into segments. The segments are attached to each other in the centre, and traditionally you ‘tap’ it on the table to separate them.
In reality, a gentle tap isn’t usually enough, which is probably why Kraft – the makers of Chocolate Orange – have recently launched a ‘Whack It‘ online promotion.
The chocolate itself is actually quite nice, although at 40% cocoa solids, it’s not what I’d call ‘dark’. The chocolate is quite glossy in appearance and the orange flavour is quite subtle and not too overpowering.
The Chocolate Orange does have a slightly artificial quality to it, but I can’t quite put my finger on why. I think it’s a combination of the low cocoa content and the glossy texture, but it probably also has something to do with having given them away as joke Christmas gifts for most of my life.
Still. I like.