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I received a box of these mints for Christmas off an old friend and they have been sitting in the cupboard for a few months until today when I was having a clearout and came across them.
They come in a stylish box and have a green background with the words Elizabeth Shaws written clearly on them.
Inside the box which was easy to open I discovered individual mints which are also individually wrapped, singlely. The Chocolates are Dark Chocolate and have a rather gooey textured centre inside which I absolutely love, they are mint fondant and are just that little bit different.
I would say that they make a difference to the usual Chocolates that I have tried before, but I must also say that if you over indulge in them they are a bit sickly to be fair.
I have found these to be not too fattening with there only being 30 Calories per Chocolate and that makes a nice change for any sort of Chocolate to be low in calories.
The Box I find does tend to look a little bit stylish and they are ones that I did receive in a resturant with a cup of coffee, I had recently.
I do like these and I think they would make a suitable present for anyone.
They contain Protein at 0.3grams.
Carbs at 3.7gs.
Fat at 1.6gs.
Fibre at 0.3grams.
May contain traces of nuts.
Eggs. Milk and Gluten.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.
One of the things I've been finding very hard to find is some nice chocolates that don't have dairy in them. Most special "free from" food I find to also be free from taste and a nice texture as well. So imagine my surprise when I found that at least two types of Elizabeth Shaw chocolates had no dairy in the ingredients.
In the New Year sales, the special Christmas box was reduced to £1.99 for a 150g box, with the regular price about a pound more. So still not the cheapest type of chocolate out there, but it won't break the bank either.
The mint cream variety comes in a box shaped like a hexagonal prism. Each chocolate in the box is individually wrapped in an overly large wrapper, which means a lot of excess packaging, but also makes them great for serving individually with a cup of coffee. I have seen these in restaurants as well for this very purpose, so I figure they are good enough to serve to my guests.
The chocolates themselves are like an octagonally shaped coin, about 3cm by 3cm by 0.5cm and are embossed with the initials E S for Elizabeth Shaw. The chocolate is dark and very crisp, with a gooey mint fondant interior. It is exceedingly sweet, in a slightly crystalline way, and although it is dark chocolate, it is not particularly bitter. This is unusual for a chocolate that has no dairy in it.
The chocolate does not have a particularly "posh" taste to it, as you can tell from the relatively low percentage cocoa - it is only 30% cocoa. But I find it nice enough and it makes a nice change from the 70% cocoa that I usually get, which is too dark for my taste. The low percentage cocoa means that it is a lot more melt in the mouth and less brittle than the 70% variety too. I prefer the Elizabeth Shaw crisp chocolates to the fondant ones because the fondant is a little bit sickly for me after only one or two chocolates, so I've removed a star for that.
The chocolates are pretty good for the diet as well, provided you only eat a few of them of course! Each chocolate has 30kcal and means that I get my chocolate fix for the day. It also has 0.3g protein, 3.7g of carbohydrates, 1.6g fat, 0.9g saturated fat, 0.3g fibre and a trace of sodium. The ingredients are various types of sugars, cocoa mass and butter, emulsifier and flavourings. The allergy warnings say that it has soya in and may have traces of nuts, milk, gluten and egg.
In summary, these are pretty nice as chocolates go. Plus having no dairy in is a big benefit. They have a feel of being upmarket in the packaging, but are reasonably priced. Anyone wanting to send me a box of these next Christmas is most welcome.
I have always preferred milk chocolate as opposed to dark chocolate, as I am not too fond of the bitter aftertaste, with only 1 exception up to now: 'After Eights', which I find irresistible. Last week my husband spotted 'Elizabeth Shaw Mint Cream Chocolates' and we decided to try them instead of my usual 'After Eights'.
The verdict: I loved them! After Eights remain my favourites, but the Elizabeth Shaw Mint Cream Chocolates are delicious.
Each chocolate is individually wrapped and has a hexagonal shape. The initials ES is on the top of each elegant looking chocolate. In the centre of each chocolate is a thin layer of mint cream (similar to After Eights, but with a slightly stronger mint flavour and thicker chocolate)
Elizabeth Shaw Mint Cream Chocolates comes in various packaging and I think I might have got a box specially designed for Christmas as I have not been able to find an example of this exact box anywhere on the internet (not even on Tesco's website, which is where I bought the box in the first place). The 150g box that I bought is hexagonal in shape with a lovely dark green colour decorated with lighter green leaves. This box was on special at Tesco for £1,50.
As far as nutritional values are concerned these chocolates are not too sinful: each chocolate consists of 30 calories, with 3.4g sugar, 1.6g fat (of which 0.9 is saturates).