According to the press release that came with these, today – January 18th – is the most depressing day of the year. And that, apparently, is why Thorntons are giving away a million of them to people like you. Yes, you! All you need to do is pop along to a Thorntons store today and beg – assuming they haven’t run out by the time you read this. That would be depressing.
Whether free chocolate will help cure your depression or simply serve as a reminder of the futility of life and push you further toward your inevitable suicide remains to be seen. But that probably has more to do with you than the chocolate.
So what are melts?
Well as you can see from the photos, they’re little balls of milk chocolate, and as you can probably tell from the name, that chocolate conceals a hazelnut praline centre. They’re very reminiscent of Lindt Lindor truffles.
They taste pretty good too.
The milk chocolate is a pleasing 35% cocoa solids, and although there’s no mention of where the beans came from, it’s smooth, creamy and chocolatey with just the right level of sweetness. The chocolate is nice and thick and melts away slowly to a soft, smooth praline filling. Although I’m not a particular fan of praline, I did enjoy this. As the name suggests, it’s soft enough to melt in the mouth, but it’s also quite tasty with a pleasant level nuttiness and a hint of butteriness.
Overall, Melts are very nice, but they don’t quite match the quality of a Lindor ball. Thorntons are launching these at an introductory price of £2.99 for a 200g pouch, which I think is reasonable value. Share them around the office and I don’t think you’ll get too many complaints from your suicidal workmates.