What’s the first thing that comes into your head when you hear ‘Thorntons’? For me, it’s “last minute Christmas prezzie for Gran” or “I’ve been having an affair but my wife will never notice if I bring her some nice chocolates”.
Basically, the kind of gift you give if you have no imagination, you’re feeling guilty or you’ve left your Christmas shopping until 5pm on Christmas Eve.
Is it just me, or do Thorntons have an image problem?
Anyway, I was out shopping with a friend today who decided to stop at Thorntons for an ice cream. I wasn’t really in an ice cream mood, but I can never just walk past a chocolate shop, so I picked something randomly off the shelf.
At £2.75 for a 125g bag, they’re quite expensive, but then people don’t usually buy Thorntons chocolates for themselves, do they? £2.75 is a snip for a little guilt-relief after cheating on the wife. I expect.
The chocolates themselves are white chocolates with a thick cream & coffee centre, dusted with ground coffee. There’s a lot of coffee here. I’d go so far as to say, the coffee flavour is even more overwhelming than the Ritter Sport Cappuccino I reviewed a while back.
Personally, I think they’ve over-done the coffee here. I had a serious caffeine rush after eating just a couple. Annoyingly, the ground coffee sprinkles are also more granular than ground, giving them a slightly gritty texture. Almost like the chocs have been dipped into a jar of Nescafe. I think they would have been a whole lot nicer if they’d just dusted them with cocoa powder.
The centres (double cream and coffee) are OK, but not especially creamy. I would have liked a little more cream and a little less coffee I think. As it is, it’s almost impossible to taste the chocolate because the coffee is so strong. If I’m buying expensive white chocolate, I’d quite like to be able to taste the chocolate!
This is also the first time I’ve not been able to eat more than a few chocolates. After the first couple, I had what I can only describe as an extreme caffeine rush. Coupled with the slightly bitter coffee aftertaste, that’s all I could manage.
That said, these aren’t bad in small doses. But at the price, I don’t think I’ll be buying them again.