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Made by Italian company Ferrero. The company began in the 1940s but it was 1982 that Ferrero Rocher came on the market.
Raffaello was introduced in 1989.
These are round ball chocolates similar to the standard Ferrero Rocher.
However these are white, covered in dessicated coconut and with a creamy filling and an almond centre.
In the perspex boxes these sweets come in little white paper cases and are wrapped in clear cellophane, but with a foil base to the wrapper - also has a red band and 'Raffaello' on the wrapping.
Mine came in an assortment box with the dark and milk chocolate versions but they can also be bought in boxes on their own.
£6 for a box of 24 at Tesco.
For years I had only ever bought and eaten the standard milk chocolate Ferrero Rocher, though I had seen the variety boxes of coconut, milk and dark flavours in various locations.
I am not one to buy lots of sweets for myself but was pleased to be given a selection box by Ferrero for my Birthday.
These white balls of coconut would look fantastic on display and would look just like a pile of fluffy snowballs. When you remove the wrapper you have a lovely coconut smell emerge.
One word or warning - there is so much dessicated coconut around these sweets that some comes adrift and may fall all over the place - so be careful when you eat them.
These taste of coconut through and through, and I had forgotten how much I love coconut. The outer shell of coconut covers a ball of wafer, which encloses a creamy filling surrounding an almond.
These are just delicious - but are very much a coconut flavour as they are nearly one quarter made of coconut, so if you love coconut them definitely go for these.
These are not cheap sweets and work out at around 25p each - so not your everyday choice but they are great for a tasty treat occasionally or to give as a surprise gift to someone.
If you are not sure what they would like it is a safe bet to go for the selection box of 16 sweets for £4.29.
===Would I Recommend?===
Dessiccated Coconut 23.5%, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Almond (8%), Skimmed Milk Powder, Whey Powder, Wheat Flour, Flavourings, Emulsifier: Lecithins (Soya), Salt, Raising Agent (Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate).
One of my rare but very favourite treat is Ferrero's Raffaello. I have to admit that I haven't seen in UK since I am here but abroad you can buy it in large supermarkets for about 2 pounds. I think it is a seasonal product and you can find it just before Christmas. I read that large Co-op shops hold them but I really haven't seen it yet.
Raffaello are white coconut covered balls wrapped individually and put into a cardboard box which has two windows so you can see its content. The box weights 200 g and there are 20 Raffaellos in it. They look very appetizing. When you open the transparent packaging of a Raffaello you can feel its sweet coconut scent. It is about 3 cm in diameter so you can put it into your mouth easily. If you decide to bite it in half then you will see the thin wafer shell below the coconut coating then the white cream and the almond sitting in the middle of it. Yummy.
The ingredients of this treat are as follows: Vegetable Oils (Modified Palm, Sunflower and Safflower Oils), Dry Coconut and Dry Coconut Extract, Sugar, Skim Milk Powder, Almond, Wheat Flour, Whey (from Milk), Maltodextrin, Sodium Caseinate (from Milk), Artificial Flavour, Soy Lecithin (an Emulsifier), Rye Flour, Salt, Vanillin (an Artificial Flavour), Sodium Bicarbonate (a Leavening Agent).
The energy content of a single Raffaello is 60 kcal. It contains 4 g of fat, 3 g of sugars and 1 g of protein.
I don't understand why they supermarkets cannot store it. It is really of premium quality and available at a reasonable price. Raffaello are made by Ferrero SpA which is an Italian chocolate and confectionery manufacturer. Its products are available worldwide. They produce for example Kinder Surprise (eggs) Kinder Bars, TicTac, Ferrero Rocher, Pocket Coffee, Mon Chéri, Kinder Happy Hyppo and Nutella. For more information on the manufacturer visit www.ferrero.com
I think this Raffaello is a premium product which is made for ladies according to the advertisement but as I found men like it as well. They are perfectly sweet and have delicious coconut taste with a little almond as well. The coconut actually dominates it. The cream makes it melt in your mouse. It is a very delicious treat that makes you break your diet. It is very difficult to resist to them as they are very appetizing. The packaging makes them even more inviting. Well done Ferrero!
These are my absolute favourite treats at the moment. They are so unique being not your usual milk or dark chocolate but not as sickly sweet as most white chocolates.
Appearances first. The Raffaello's are small spheres, about the size of a ferrero rocher (and are also made by ferrero actually). They are snowy white and coated with coconut. This makes them look fluffy and delicious, and gives them a delicious scent as soon as you open the box. Unfortunately it also means that they're a bit messy as flakes of coconut have a tendency to drop off en route from the box to your mouth.
In terms of taste these are just gorgeous. First you get the tropically coconut taste and then you bite through the thin wafer to the sweet, smooth white praline within. In the very centre is a blanched almond. You can either pop a whole one into your mouth and enjoy all the flavours together, or nibble at in daintily to taste first the coconut, then the praline and then finally the nut. Either way they're delicious!
Because they are separated into the perfect bite size chunks, and the flavour is so rich and well balanced I find that one or at most two is enough in one sitting. They definitely feel decadent enough to be a whole dessert.
Definitely recommend these for a change from your usual boxed chocolates!
Im sure Ive said this before, but I have a fondness for coconut. I dont have much of a sweet tooth, but I am still unable to resist a Bounty bar and have recently been delighted to observe that the dark chocolate one seems to be making something of a comeback and stocked in more places than before. When there were several variants on the Bounty theme about four years ago, I sampled every single one, over and over again and was upset when they vanished. Im such a fan I keep looking at the pots of Lush Creamed Almond and Coconut Smoothie shower soap and thinking how wonderful something like that would taste.
I may never find out exactly how that tastes, but for now Im satisfied with the new sweet from Ferrero, which is likely to be the closest Ill get, being described on the pack as a coconut speciality with a coconut cream and a whole almond. Apparently this Ferrero Raffaello has been available in Europe for some time and they seem to be sold on various websites serving the United States, but its only recently it has been sighted on the shelves in the UK. Unfortunately, Ive only seen it on the shelves of a major sized Co-Op; I cant find them in Sainsburys, Asda or Tesco. It also appears on the Co-Ops Seasonal shelf, which makes me a little concerned that when the New Year comes around, we wont be seeing them again. What this means is that if you shop at the same Co-Op as I do, youll soon discover that theyre out of stock of these because I bought them all.
That can be an expensive process, as a 200g bag containing 20 of these gorgeous sweets retails at £3.49, although Co-Op have offered them for £2.99 recently. Whilst this may seem quite expensive, it stands up quite well against regular Ferrero Rocher chocolates at £2.95 for 200g in Sainsburys and very well compared to the same flavoured Lush shower soap, which is £6.25 for 250g and which wont taste nearly as good, even if it will get you cleaner.
You get a decent smell of coconut when you open the packaging, although as the sweets are individually wrapped, this is slightly dulled. When you tear open one of the little packages, this is when you get a coconut overload. In more than one way, as while the coconut scent comes at you, so do lots of little pieces of dried coconut that are on the outside of each of these little balls. I have already eaten far too many of these little things, but I have yet to successfully eat one without dropping bits of coconut all over the place.
If getting them out of the package is messy, biting into one is pure pleasure. The Raffaellos themselves are made in a pretty similar style to Ferrero Rocher. This means that what you have underneath all that dried coconut is a thin wafer ball, filled with a coconut cream and a whole almond in the middle. It is essentially a Ferrero Rocher with entirely different ingredients and without using any chocolate at all.
When you bite into it, you feel the wafer crunch under your teeth before it gives way into the coconut cream and then the hardness of the almond buried within. The wafer is more of a feel than a taste, so all you can taste is the two separate layers of coconut; the bitty texture, but more natural coconut flavour of the dried coconut on the outside and the much smoother, almost artificially sweet taste of the middle, which feels a little like butterscotch and tastes a little like a sugar mix with a little coconut added. After this, the almond seems to be there as much for texture as for taste, as it doesnt overpower the coconut taste, although once the taste fades, it is the almond that lingers longest, unless you get a piece of the dried coconut caught between your teeth. But its a complete eating experience, with a range of textures keeping things as interesting for your mouth as the flavours.
As much as I love these little sweets, I cant eat too many of them at once. The coconut cream is just a little too sweet for my tastes and does get a little sickly once you eat too many. Generally, once I get to about four or five of them, Im ready to stop eating them for a little while. They taste so good, however, that a little while is usually only as long as I can stop for.
What is interesting is what happens should you store these in the fridge. The cold only really affects the coconut cream and solidifies it, so its more of a coconut layer. This has the effect of making the texture less creamy, so the feel in your mouth isnt quite so varied and exciting. But more importantly from my point of view, it also makes the whole thing less sickly and you get more of the coconut flavour coming out from this layer. Even more importantly, this means than I can eat more of them in one go; which may not be good for me, but cant be bad for profits at either Ferrero or the Co-Op.
There is no dietary advice on the pack, although due to the almond, coconut and sugar content, I would suggest that these would not be suitable for those with nut allergies and that diabetics should be very careful. There are milk ingredients, so these wouldnt be suitable for vegans, although vegetarians may be able to indulge; but as Im not entirely familiar with what ingredients are suitable for a vegetarian diet, I would advise to check first.
Those with a liking for coconut and with a sweet tooth like mine are encouraged to dive in wherever you can find them; except for those who use the same Co-Op as I do, who are encouraged to leave them alone and let me buy them all. They do have a 6 month shelf life, but I have trouble making a pack last 6 days, much less any longer. The only real downside to these is that they are really too expensive to be anything other than a sweet for a special occasion, rather than for every day and the difficulty Ive had in finding them, combined with my concern that they will cease to be available early in the New Year until about this time next year. For now, however, I would urge any and all coconut fans to hunt down their nearest packet and enjoy (or should that word be indulge) while you can.