Another Christmassy offering from Waitrose here – a sibling to the rather yummy truffle boules I reviewed recently. This 100g box is the same size and shape as its sibling, but somehow not quite as pretty.
The same goes for the contents. Inside are 12 rather dull looking caramel chocolates wrapped in equally dull plastic.
Unfortunately, that dullness carries through to the caramels themselves. The 31% milk chocolate coating is bland and barely even tastes of chocolate. There’s no vegetable fat in the chocolate, but it’s mainly sugar, and that’s exactly what it tastes like.
The caramels themselves aren’t much better. They’re hard and chewy and very like the jaw-breaking caramels you get in a Quality Street tin. The flavour is passable, but there’s a slightly odd plasticy aftertaste that I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s certainly not what I would call ‘Waitrose quality’.
According to the ingredients, they’re made from glucose syrup, sugar, condensed milk, butter and vegetable fat, emulsifier, fatty acids and salt. That’s an awful lot of ingredients for some very average caramels.
These are a world apart from the kinds of caramels you’d find in any decent chocolate shop, and I’m a little baffled how they ended up on the shelves of an upmarket supermarket like Waitrose. One to avoid.