Product Type: Ferrero Chocolate
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A bunny shaped box - Ferrero you really are spoiling me!
Member Name: boris04
Advantages: Different tastes and textures, indulgent, bunny shaped box
I have always wondered how such good chocolates, namely the Ferrero Rocher could have such bad adverts, but then perhaps that's the point there really is no need to sell them as they sell themselves. Yes, they really are that good. These chocolates aren't an all year round treat for me, I normally only eat them at Christmas as I try and exert some restraint (although very limited) at other times. Today, I crumbled when I saw an Easter bunny shaped Ferrero Rocher box in Sainsburys (for Easter only I believe). I didn't think it was possible to make the chocolates anymore attractive but then they go and put them in bunny shaped box (believe it or not I'm 33).
Ferrero was founded by Italian confectioner Pietro Ferrero in 1946 and since then Ferrero has become a huge manufacturer of chocolates and other sweet treats. The box I usually get at Christmas is the original 200g one containing 16 delectable chocolates. These days you can get them in boxes all shapes and sizes, including the Easter bunny shaped box I bought today which contains just 13 chocolates and cost me a pricey £4.99. Usually the chocolates cost anywhere from about a £1.00 up to £5.00 and are available in the majority of supermarkets. I just noticed in Sainsburys they have 25% off a 300g box, so it is currently selling at £4.05.
My bunny box is made from the same sturdy clear plastic that the original oblong shaped box is. Off course, my box has big bunny ears, a tail and a nose which I will be tempted to keep once I've eaten the chocs. My Mum could never throw the oblong boxes away, she always had to make use of them in some way. I lost count of the amount of sewing kits she made up with them, think there was one for every room. I like that the box is clear as you can see the Ferrero Rocher in all their glory. The chocolates are covered in gold coloured foil and sit in their own individual dark brown and gold fluted case (very posh). For some, the packaging is all a bit excessive, I'm torn because I know it is excessive but I like it as it adds to the indulgence.
Once the foil has been peeled away you can see the outside of the Ferrero Rocher which is a funny looking thing really, it's round shaped with an outer milk chocolate covering which is nobbled with small pieces of nuts (which get stuck in your teeth), not just any nuts but my favourites ones, hazelnuts. The smell is of smooth cocoa and distinctly nutty hazelnuts. As I take a bite, there is first sweetness from the chocolate, which tastes creamy and indulgent and then a crunch from the hazelnuts which takes some of the sweetness out of the chocolate but in then comes another crunch from the wafer casing that sits under the chocolate. What comes next is my favourite part, under the wafer case is soft silk like chocolate hazelnut cream (some say it's Nutella). Apparently, its official name is nut croquante but whatever, it is divine. Sitting inside the middle of that cream is one whole hazelnut which again takes the edge off the sweetness. I find it's exceptional how a chocolate can have so many different layers and textures, it really does add to enjoyment of eating them. Although the chocolates are a generous size, they really are not that filling and so incredibly addictive I find it easy to eat a whole box (or bunny) in one sitting. I don't find them sickly at all but they probably would be for someone who isn't a massive Nutella fan.
I believe there has been some controversy over whether or not the chocolates are suitable for Vegetarians as Nutella is not. As I couldn't see any information on the cellophane I checked the Ferrero website. The information there states that they are indeed suitable for vegetarians as the whey powder they contain is of microbiological origin as opposed to whey powder of animal origin. Unfortunately the chocolates are not suitable for those suffering from wheat allergies. I'm afraid I don't have any other nutritional information to offer as I didn't want to spoil my enjoyment by looking at the fat and calorie content.
Summary: Go on, spoil yourself with these divine chocolates.