Thorntons Continental Cappuccino

Posted by in Chocolate Reviews on July 18 2006 | Leave A Comment

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.


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Comments On This Post

  1. michelle

    i think these are absaloutly georgeous i could eat them all day. they are my fravriot chocolate ever lol.

  2. Laura-Ann Thornton

    I work in Thorntons, and I think you will find the cappuccino from the continental range is actually one of the most popular that we sell. Never before have I heard anyone complain about the strength of the coffee filling. Being a coffee hater myself, I was plesantly surprised at the taste. I believe the filling to be creamy in texture and don’t think believe it to be overpowering.

  3. Chrriss

    These are absolutely scrummylicious. Caffeine rush granulated topping mmmmmmm do not change one little thing about these absolutyely orgasmic chocolates

    World number one fan!

  4. Amy

    Just finished a bag of these, they have got more of a coffee taste than before, and I am sure there are less in a bag, oh and not be a perfectionist, but the topping is cocoa powered.

    I would try the bar form as well, as it works out cheaper, as 1 bar = around 2/3 chocolates

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