“ Brand: Bendicks / Type: Orange „
Bendicks Bitter Oranges
I saw these by chance in Morrisons (I only went in for some bread!) and they were on offer at only 99 pence.
Two flavours are available, this one and the other one was Dark Chocolate with Ginger.
The packaging alone spells class: deep chocolate brown with gold lettering, an orange lid and the royal crest at the top " By appointment to Her Majesty The Queen" .
The chocolates are as described on the front: " Tangy orange oil with a hint of chilli in a firm fondant centre enrobed in intense dark chocolate".
Each chocolate is individually wrapped in pretty orange foil, so these are good enough for, say, place settings at a dinner party (or on your pillow in a very nice hotel!),.
Everything about the taste of these is perfect, frankly: the centre is orange fondant, sweet but not sickly, delicate orange with an afterburn brought about by the chilli: nothing you can't handle, just a mild heat. The whole things is wrapped in dark chocolate, not too thick and not too thin: and , as it says on the packaging, it is 95% cocoa solids - no wishy washy milk products here.
Overall, my only complaint is that the packet is not big enough: there are around 10 in each tube and it left me and the friend I shared it with wanting more. However, other than this, Bendicks Bitter Oranges are the perfect confection.
During the run up to Christmas I bought a fair few different varieties of chocolates, nibbles and general nice things to eat! One of the items I decided to treat myself to was a small 100g tube of the Bendicks bitter orange chocolates. These were on offer for just £1 and as orange chocolate is one of my faves I thought it would be a shame to miss out! I really enjoyed these so when after Christmas day I saw the 200g box on offer for just £1.50 which is double the amount you get in the tube but, for only 50p more I simply had to buy them!
What are they?
They are a thick disc shaped piece orange flavoured fondant of which is then covered in a layer of chocolate. They are all individually wrapped in a shiny orange foil and have a very distinctive flavour to them.
When you look at the packaging of these you can tell they expensive chocolates. The packaging is not really over the top or very extravagant but, hat I would call classically elegant! Simple, yet effective. The dark box with the splash of orange catches the eye and anyone looking would pretty much immediately associate the colour with the flavour which, is of course, what Bendicks wanted the consumer to do. The box they come in is an oblong one with a piece that the chocolates sit in and a box that is slightly larger that simply slots over the top of the first. The box carries the famous Bendicks logo n a gold lettering with a picture of one of the wrapped chocolates next to it.
Interestingly, the chocolates are not advertised as merely orange flavoured but, as orange with a hint of chilli. This it seems, is not unusual these days, to have chilli mixed in with chocolate as it actually seems to go well with dark chocolate and adds an extra bit of zing to them too. Upon taking off the foil I guess I was expecting to be able to smell it but, it seemed to be more the orange and cocoa that met my nose!
Upon first bit I thought the combination was odd as I initially could not decide it was nice or not. The orange was certainly there as was the rich dark chocolate flavour but, there was the extra hint of the chilli which didn't really seem like chilli but, was making giving these a slight tingle to them. I kind of ate one really slowly to let the flavours sink in and the more I ate the more it grew on me! The expression 'hint' really was perfect as it was exactly right! The small kick it gave was just spot on and any more would have been too much and any less would have made these just the same as any other orange flavoured chocolate mix.
I was lucky to find these on offer - the usual retails price of a standard box of these is around the £2.50 - £3 mark. Of course it is not bad value for Bendicks at all but, at the same time a 200g box contains only a mere 11 chocolates so these are not one will be able to share with a very large group!
At first I have to admit they were not a treat I was overly sure of after taking the first bite but, after experiencing he next and the one after they really grew on me and so much so that I then bought another box when I saw them on offer. In reality I love chocolate and orange and would definitely buy these again although they would have to be on offer for me to do so as I would not be able to justify spending the full retail price on them when there are so few in what is classed as a large box! I prefer to spend less and get more to be honest so although they are divine they are expensive and for that they lose a bit of their charm for me. On the plus side because they are expensive they tend to last me longer as I only eat one at a time!