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**Duc d'O Strawberry Truffles 200 g**
This brand seems to do quite a wide selection of truffles and other boxed chocolates.I received a packet of white truffles with strawberry pieces in with my Christmas hamper.
**Packaging and presentation**
These come in a white cardboard box with the name and a wee picture on the front. The truffles themselves come in a plastic tray which is sealed and you get a leaflet about the product.As a gift this does look nice and like its expensive/high quality.
I dont like truffles that much however i like these.I think that's because this is white chocolate instead of the more normal darker chocolate. The centre of these is a bit like a white chocolate mousse with tiny bits of dried strawberry through it and a white chocolate flake coating. The taste is of a nice white creamy chocolate taste with a hint of strawberry.The taste it leaves you with makes you want more.The smell you get from this is of strawberry's and white chocolate mixed together.If this smell came in body butter form i would gladly buy it.
**Price and where to buy/is it worth it?**
Two packets of these cost £15.17 from amazon.So £7.60 for 8 truffles/.95p a truffle. This is pretty standard when you think of the prices in a chocolate shop.I dont think i would pay this,for myself anyway. Maybe as a gift if a friend really wanted it.
This currently costs £4.70 from the following but im not sure if there would be a postage charge
http:// www.chocolatebuttons.co.uk/ duc-d-o-natural-truffles-strawberry-200g-gift-box.html. This makes it under 50p a truffle and i would consider buying at this price.
An ex-colleague and good friend of mine brought in some Duc d'O chocolate truffles the other day to mark the end of his time at the company I work for. I'd never really seen these in the shops so was quite intrigued.. According to the box they're Belgian chocolates of the finest quality. This figures as my friend is Belgian and during his stay in the UK one of his main light-hearted complaints was that 'The English don't know how to make chocolate'. We actually wound him up even more by giving him a huge bar of Dairy Milk as part of his leaving present!
So back to the chocolate... These come in a square white box with a brown logo in the middle and pictures of the chocolates on the lid. To look at these look pretty appetising!
The chocolates themselves look like small logs that are around 4cm long. They look quite rustic as they've been sprinkled with milk chocolate flakes and as we found, eating them can be quite messy! This however I thought added to their charm and made them look quite expensive - in fact they're the kind of chocolate you'd expect to buy by weight in a posh department store. The inside of the log contains a light brown chocolate mousse which is very smooth and has a nutty taste. This I thought was a nice contrast to the crispiness of the chocolate coating. The whole thing was extremely sweet and the mousse quite rich so one log was more than enough in one go!
The box contains no nutritional information and actually I don't really want to think about it! I believe things like this should be enjoyed in moderation without getting hung up about how many calories they contain. The front of the box states that the product has a 100% cocoa guarantee. Each box contains 20 chocolate pieces but as I've not seen them in shops I'm not quite sure how much they cost. A quick google search indicates they sell between the £3-4 mark.
Sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, vegetable fat (palm kernel and palm oil), cocoa mass, anhydrous milk fat, emulsifier, soya lecithin (GMO free), flavour: vanilla
Allergy advice - may contain traces of nuts and gluten.
Overall I was quite impressed with these chocolates. They had a lovely taste and it was nice that you could feel satisfied with just one piece. Having a couple of chocoholics at home it means that the box will go a long time in my house! They'd make a lovely gift as they look different to the standard box of chocolates on the market. They can get a bit messy though so you'll need to keep the vacuum on standby!
Duc d'O Milk Chocolate Truffles are an old favourite in our house, and I polished off the remaining half a layer from our Christmas box just last week. The price of these seems to vary quite drastically from one store to another. Some small local confectioners put luxury chocolate price tags on them, while supermarkets knock them out for Quality Street prices. As a general rule, you're looking at paying between £3 and £4 for a small twin layered box that contains around 24 of these truffles.
Each truffle is the size of two regular chocolates and is an oblong shape. They're essentially soft, mouse-like truffle chocolate centres, which are coated in a thin layer of creamy milke chocolate, and then dusted with good quality chocolate flakes. I really like the way that these are layered up, as it gives them a really unique texture. You bite hard, then just sink into the soft, creamy centre.
These have got a rich taste that is more cocoa and cream than sugar, which is what makes these taste a lot more like Belgian chocolate than supermarket chocolate to me. They've got a rich after taste as well, so a little of these does feel like it goes a long way. I like that these are all about the quality and not the quantity, which is unusual for chocolates within this price range.
If you're looking for an affordable treat that's got a luxurious feel to it, or you're just looking for a present alternative to a box of Roses, then give these a try. They're affordable, well made, tasty, rich and have a really unique texture to them. The only downside is that the flaky bits can sometimes go astray when you bite into them, but it's a small price to pay.
Duc d'o truffles are a really tasty sausage shaped chocolate truffles in lovely flaky chocolate coating. I find these chocolate big enough to take at least 2 bites, the large amount of soft, light truffle centre sits well inside the solid chocolate shell. There is also a dark chocolate variety of the duc d'o, which is my favourite chocolate ever. The dark chocolate coating is not at all bitter and the milk chocolate inside means it is not too rich. However, it is very rare in shops, so you will be lucky to have the opportunity to buy them unless you search online.
You can by this 250g box of milk chocolate truffles from many supermarkets, garden centres, garages and in duty free shops. Price varies between shops, but is comparable with other mid range boxes of chocolates. The milk chocolate duc d'os can also be found in smaller 65g boxes, which only have 5 chocolates, I don't think its good value, but a great way to try them before buying a large box. Every time I go on holiday I find myself stocking up on my favourite chocolate truffles in in the airport or ferry only to find I've eaten them all before I make it back home!
Our family have traditionally bought duc do's for special occasions, Christmas for example (where we have nicknamed them 'duck doings'!, not a pleasant comparison, but it produces a laugh and never put anyone off) . These chocolates are great for those situations, because they are all the same, you ,don't end up with the few chocolates left over that no one like (marzipan in our house), or fighting over the favourites. Every chocolate is guaranteed to be yummy, and the chocolate truffle is free from liqueur and other ingredients that some people dislike, especially the kids.
Disadvantages (for some people)
If you have a box to yourself, there is the disadvantage of not be able to browse the leaflet and choose a chocolate. But this does not matter to me as I find the lack of disappointment in poor tasting chocolates more than makes up. The only other disadvantage I can think of (apart from the obvious health issues), is that the flaky chocolate coating is prone to partly disintegrate in your hand, resulting in quite a mess if a young child has got hold of a few. So great for more informal and family occasions, but probably not the best thing to put out after a posh dinner party. More solid chocolates may avoid a stain on an expense dress.
I definitely recommend these chocolates for all but the fanciest occasions, to treat yourself, or as a present - don't know anyone who likes chocolate but won't enjoy an unadulterated chocolate truffle.
I was first bought a small box of these truffles about 3 years ago for my birthday and I absolutely loved them!
The chocolate seemed to be so creamy and just melted in your mouth! There was only about 6 in a small box so they went very quickly and I decided I would have to have some more!
So for Christmas my boyfriend decided to buy me a huge box of Duc d'O chocolates which consisted of about 4 differents boxes in one. I was so excited when I saw them but when I opened them and tried them later I was a little disappointed.
The truffles were nice, but didn't seem as nice as they had been previously - they tasted a little bland. The white chocolate truffles were delicious really melted in your mouth.
The liquers were not too nice. The chocolate didn't taste of much really!
So I was more disappointed with the large box.
I was bought another small box of these truffles for Valentines day and was unsure of what they would be like, but they were delicious again!!
So I would say, go for the normal sized or smaller boxes. I wouldn't recommend the large boxes (the chocolate may not have tasted as nice as it was left for longer being a bigger box).
If you like truffles then try them out! Can find them on offer in supermarkets, similar prices to Cadbury's Milk Tray and other boxes of nice chocolates.
I do not normally review food products but I thought I would make an exception just this once for my favourite truffles. I treated myself to a small slim box containing five of these truffles in Tesco last week because they were clearing this small gift size box for only 47p instead of the usual 99p. Larger boxes of these truffles remain on sale for a few pounds a box, no more than you would expect to pay for a box of Milk Tray for example.
The reason I love these chocolates more than any others is the amazing texture they have. You bite into a firm, thick milk chocolate outer layer that is covered in smooth flakes and then hit a rich milky chocolate mousse layer on the inside. The two textures compliment each other perfectly and there is a real Belgium taste to the chocolate thanks to the rich, creamy, milky chocolate that they use.
There is a strong chocolate smell to these truffles that hits you as soon as you remove the lid and the airtight plastic wrapping from these. I find it really draws me in as it is what makes these a really special treat rather than just another chocolate. I also find that these are quite large individual chocolates and that they are very thick and heavy so I only need to eat two or three to feel like I have had a real treat.
These chocolates are available in a choice of milk only or milk and dark. There is a white chocolate version of this kind of flaked truffle available from other makers but sadly not from this specific brand. As sad as that is, I am happy to get on with the milk ones alone myself and I highly recommend them to chocolate lovers everywhere.
I am always wanting to find new chocolates to eat as it can get boring with the same old Cadburys Roses, Celebrations tins etc. So, I was in my local Tesco and was looking for some sweets when I was noticing the Thorntons chocolate selections, I then scanned the prices and noticed 99p and no, it wasnt some cheap old saver box but in fact something nice.
DucdO Truffles are in fact Belgian chocolates and judging by the box they looked pretty nice. It was 99p for the 65g box and it looked like it would just be enough so I went to the til and paid. Normally Belgian chocolates are quite expensive so this made me wonder if they maybe wouldnt be up to the usual quality Id expect, there was only one way to find out.
The box is quite nice, its all wrapped in cellophane, opening it however seemed to me to be a lengthy task. Cutting the cellophane from the side, youd think it would all just peel off leaving me with a box but no, its never that easy. The box is like a lid on top so you have double cellophane underneath, 3 layers of it seem to be stuck together so you are shredding through it all with scissors eventually prising the lid off and getting top the good stuff.
Now re-attempting the unpeeling process I have figured out if you rip off the outer cellophane and rip it off the line it is stuck to underneath, the lid will come off easy. You are then left with an open box which is cover with cellophane to keep the chocolates preserved. This is quite good I suppose so that nothing gets into the chocolates while being sent over here.
So the box design, well on the surface we have all of the ingredients and company information written in many languages. The actual lid is much more interesting. The design if very plain is still sophisticated and classy. The cream coloured box has a dark brown square in the centre which has DucdO written in gold text which works as an even contrast. Above and below this square is one truffle each. The nice thing is the truffle is 3D and seems a little more punched out and textured making it quite interesting,
So the truffles in my box, I got 5 which seemed to be alright. They are all quite nicely positioned into their own little slots. They are quite unusual truffles because my interpretation of a truffle is a circular ball but here we have an oval shape truffle which is covered in milk chocolate flakes. Just because it is not like my version of a truffle does not make it any less truffley.
These truffles it tells you to keep stored somewhere no hotter than 20 degrees Celsius but of course with the hot weather weve had mine were lying out and one just got a bit too hot and now it has taken on a shape of its own, so thats one lost. They seem to melt quite easy so I have been keeping mine in the fridge so the other four have been saved and look very inviting.
Being covered in chocolate flakes they can get a bit crumbly and messy. Biting through they taste very light, inside there is a light mousse filling which doesnt feel too heavy and taste just right. Now, I said earlier I thought their price might have the customer wondering if their quality is less than most Belgian chocolates. My verdict is no, they definitely taste rich and creamy as a chocolate should, especially Belgian chocolates and do not be put off by their low price.
They are very addictive though so Im glad they only come in fives to encourage people not to over indulge.
The good thing is, I had never heard of this company as Im sure most of you havent as their chocolates I havent actually seen before. Tesco is the first place I noticed them so I hope more supermarkets start getting them in.
On the box they list their website http://www.ducdo.com which I have been on. You firstly choose what language you want to view the site in, English obviously then a window opens up. They have an about us section which explains a little about the companys history, they then have a section talking about what they use to get their chocolate just right.
The products list they have shows all of the chocolates that they do and I was shocked to see that there were loads; you can see a picture of the truffles there too. If I ever see any of their other selections I will definitely give them a try. For anyone who loves chocolates next time in Tesco go down your chocolate aisle and have a look for these, they are not even that expensive that you will feel bad for indulging.
Duc d'O Chocolatier NV is known all over the world for the famous Belgian confections. Quality begins with a careful selection of the finest ingredients. Cocoa butter, hazelnuts, well-known liqueurs, and almonds are only a small selection of the large array of materials used in the creation of elegant Ducd'O products, never deviating from the traditional time-honored recipes. Self-designed production lines allow a unique confectionary range, thus creating exclusive offerings. Duc d'Os concept allows for direct packaging, thus ensuring freshness, good taste, and a high-quality chocolate product.