Well Christmas is over and done with, and the next vaguely-chocolatey-holiday is just around the corner. Yes, handily squeezed in just before Easter comes St Valentine’s day.
This 170g offering from Thorntons is, frankly, part of their old school ‘cheap and chearful’ range, rather than the high quality products we’ve come to love recently. It consists of two hollow chocolate ‘birds’ and a single truffle chocolate. I’m not sure why you just get one – unless Thorntons have a secret plan to get couples everywhere to fight over chocolate on Valentines day.
The chocolate here is… basic. Although its decorated with milk and white chocolate, the birds are predominantly a 30% milk chocolate, which is “acceptable” rather than outstanding. It’s more milky than chocolatey and tastes like generic Easter Egg chocolate that’s been moulded into bird shapes.
The heart shaped truffle was surprisingly nice, Very sweet, but very soft and creamy with a distinctly buttery flavour. Perhaps not surprising, given that “butteroil” and “butter” appear high up on the ingredients list. As does vegetable oil, unfortunately.
So, while all in all this might be a fun and inoffensive little Valentines gift, I do find it a little depressing that Thorntons seem to be being pulled in two totally different directions. While head chocolatier Keith Hurdman continues to create some amazing high quality products, there are clearly elements of the company that want to stick to their cheap and cheerful products made with cheap and not-so-cheerful ingredients.
Frankly, I think that’s an outdated view and there’s no reason why something like this couldn’t be made with quality ingredients and presented in more stylish packaging. It might end up costing a couple of quid more, but this is intended purely as a gift for a loved one and I’m quite certain people would pay that little extra for a gift that’s a little more memorable.