“ Brand: Aldi / Type: Truffle „
I received a box of these Specially Selected Luxurious Cocktail Truffles from my Grandad for Christmas this year, and was really pleased. I love chocolate truffles and I can't resist any that look as posh as these ones do! The truffles are from Aldi, the discount supermarket. They are from the 'Specially Selected' range which apparantly uses the best and most exclusive ingredients from all over the globe. The truffles come in a black box with a large cellophane window which allows you to see the lovely looking truffles inside. Both the box and the truffles have quite an expensive look to them and each truffle has decoration in the form of chocolate sprinkles, chocolate shavings or icing patterns. The box describes the truffles in the following way: 'These intensely indulgent truffles combine only the most exquisite ingredients, from smooth French cognac to Jamaican rum, all enrobed in rich, creamy milk, dark and white chocolate from the world's finest cocoa beans.' The box contains the following truffles: Coffee Marocchino, Mascarpone & Chocolate, Coffee Truffle, Advocat Truffle, Capuccino Truffle, Marc de Champagne, French Cognac & Cream Truffle and Rum, Sultana & Hazelnut Truffle. Having tried most of them I can say that they taste lovely and very indulgent. You can really pick out all the individual flavours and the different textures are also really inviting. There's a good mix of the three different types of chocolate and there's also a lot of coffee ones for those of you who are not quite so keen on alcohol. I found these really addictive and could have happily eaten the whole box in one or two sittings! The box contains 16 chocolates which weigh 200 grams. Each 40 gram serving of chocolates, which works out at just over 3 truffles, contains a huge 193 calories, 20.2 grams of sugar, 10.8 grams of fat and 7.0 grams of saturated fat. These should clearly then only be had as a special treat. However the box does say that there are no artificial colours or preservatives so that is good news! The Aldi Christmas catalogue shows these as costing just £2.99. I'm not sure if they are still being sold after Christmas but I hope that if not they will reintroduce them next year. A similar sized box of truffles from Thorntons would cost you over twice the price and I don't think there would be much difference in quality, so I highly recommend getting a box of these either for yourself or as a lovely present for someone you care about next Christmas.