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Luxury Chocs, with fair price tag
Charbonnel Et Walker
Member Name: vintage_laurie
Charbonnel Et Walker
Advantages: Delicious, great quality
Disadvantages: To expensive to eat regularly
Charbonnel Et Walker make so many different types of chocolate that I haven't had a chance to try them all ... however, the rate I go through them, it shouldn't be long....
The chocolates are beautifully packages in sturdy little cardboard boxes, usually in quite feminine colours such a tea rose pink or cream. They're decorated with gold or silver writing in a french style script, and inside, the chocolates are in the usual plastic chocolate tray, surrounded by tissue paper. They look like the luxury product they are and are impressive as a gift.
So far I've tried the assortment box, the champage truffles (pink and vintage) and the rose and violet cremes. The chocolate is delicious - it melts the moment it is in your mouth (even the dark choclate). It is smooth, without any gritty texture (like yorkies) but without being greasy (like galaxy). It seems to fill your mouth with the whole flavour, which reallly lingers.
The rose and violet creams have a very firm centre - they're technically creams, but they have a thicker consitency than any other cream I've tried. They have an extremely strong taste and perfume - some people I know who like rose and violet creams find them too strong. I couldn't eat more than 2 or 3 in a go, but I think that's a good thing. The flavours are powerful without having a hint of artificiality.
The champage truffles - both types - are probably my favourite. They have the flavour of champage without any gloopy, liqeur chocolate stuff being inside - they have a texture somewhere between a mousse and a truffle. The taste isn't overwhelming and lingers. They're one of the few choclates I can have one of and not eat the whole box - I really savour them.
For each of the boxes I've described, I'd expect to pay about £10 and for that you get about 12 champagne truffles or 18 rose and violet cremes. They're not cheap, but for birthdays/christmas/valentines, I guarantee the recipient would be very impressed. I think they're worth the money.
I buy them from Selfridges, however, they sometimes have a small range in boots at Christmas.
Summary: Wonderful, Luxury Chocolates