“ Type: Truffle / Brand: Booja Booja / Food quality: Organic food „
I love chocolate, and I always love trying unusual chocolates - the stranger the combination the better. I've been a member of a Chocolate Tasting Club for some time - great fun and highly recommended, and in my time I've eaten chocolates containing everything from cinnamon to chilli, red wine to rose petals, and everything in between.
I still keep a look out for unusual flavours, so when a friend mentioned Booja Booja Chocolates to me, during a discussion about where to find chocolates suitable for Vegans (I'm not vegan, but have many friends who are) I couldn't resist buying myself a box as well as picking up some as a Christmas present for various vegan friends through the Goodness Direct website.
The Flambéed Banana Truffles just appealed to me. I love banana anyway, and the addition of French cognac sounded just the thing for an extra special treat. And costing 4.29 for 80g, they'd better be pretty special.
The first thing that struck be when they arrived was that they came in circular wooden boxes made from renewable cedar wood. I haven't seen many chocolates packaged in this way, and I found it unusual, attractive, and also pretty likely to be memorable.
The other thing that also struck me as unusual, is that ALL the Booja Booja range of chocolates are organic, vegetarian, vegan, and wheat and gluten free - which seems to me to be pretty good , since I have many Vegan friends, and a couple of people I know have gluten allergies.
Now, you don't get many of these in a box, I got 7 in mine, nestled in a creamy gold tissue paper, but they are generously sized, with each chocolate encased in its own brown paper nest. They are rectangular in shape, and dusted with organic cocoa powder.
Biting into them, the rich dark chocolate coating gives way to an immediate cognac kick, followed by rich, moist, banana. and a creamy ganache. It's just yummy, and although the cognac is very clearly present, it doesn't over power the banana at all, but works very well alongside it. The taste lingers on the tongue for quite some time, and is just wonderful. These are definitely not chocs for scoffing, but rather for eating slowly, and savouring. Nor are they overly sweet.
They've available online from a variety of sources, I usually purchase mine from goodnessdirect.co.uk simply because I do other shopping there.
I won't list all the ingredients, but will make mention of the fact that these contain 56% minimum cocoa solids, over 14% banana, and a delicious 7% French cognac. Rest assured there are no shockers on the ingredients list - no e-numbers, colourings, or strange preservatives. These chocolates have a shelf life of a little less than six months, but really, they won't last that long, they'll be long gone!
Overall, I would certainly recommend these as a gift for someone, or even for yourself, whether they are vegan, vegetarian, or not. They're delicious, original, luxuriously smooth and creamy in texture, and although quite expensive, are good value for money.
A delicious Smooth Truffle made with fresh organic Bananas Inebriated with Organic French Cognac.