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Ferrero and Away the Best!
Member Name: IainWear
Advantages: Lots of gorgeous coconut
Disadvantages: Too sickly to eat the whole packet
Iím sure Iíve said this before, but I have a fondness for coconut. I donít 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. Iím such a fan I keep looking at the pots of Lush ďCreamed Almond and Coconut SmoothieĒ shower soap and thinking how wonderful something like that would taste.
I may never find out exactly how that tastes, but for now Iím satisfied with the new sweet from Ferrero, which is likely to be the closest Iíll get, being described on the pack as ďa coconut speciality with a coconut cream and a whole almondĒ. 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 itís only recently it has been sighted on the shelves in the UK. Unfortunately, Iíve only seen it on the shelves of a major sized Co-Op; I canít find them in Sainsburyís, Asda or Tesco. It also appears on the Co-Opís ďSeasonalĒ shelf, which makes me a little concerned that when the New Year comes around, we wonít be seeing them again. What this means is that if you shop at the same Co-Op as I do, youíll soon discover that theyíre 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 Sainsburyís and very well compared to the same flavoured Lush shower soap, which is £6.25 for 250g and which wonít 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 doesnít 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 itís 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 canít 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, Iím 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 itís more of a coconut layer. This has the effect of making the texture less creamy, so the feel in your mouth isnít 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 canít 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 wouldnít be suitable for vegans, although vegetarians may be able to indulge; but as Iím 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 Iíve 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.
Summary: Ferrero copy the Rocher, only with coconut
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