Made by Italian company Ferrero. The company began in the 1940s but surprisingly it was as late as 1982 that Ferrero Rocher came on the market.
Round balls wrapped in dark brown paper and sitting in a small brown paper case.
These are almonds wrapped in dark chocolate, then surrounded with creamy chocolate filling, a layer of wafer and then dark chocolate covered in little nobbly bits of chocolate.
Individually wrapped these come in boxes of just one variety or as a selection with the milk chocolate and coconut versions.
May contain traces of hazelnut.
Suitable for vegetarians.
No added preservatives.
No hydrogenated fats.
£4.29 for the 16 pack box at Tesco.
The milk chocolate Ferrero Rocher are the most common and widely available variety but over the last few years you have been able to buy these dark chocolate varieties and a white version covered in dessicated coconut.
I must admit I had not tried these other versions until I was given a selection box of the three varieties for my Birthday. The cost of this box is the same as the standard milk chocolate version.
These are in dark paper and have a strong dark chocolate taste, so are not for everyone and I know my son would not like them. For all those who like the bitter taste of stronger dark chocolate these are quite appealing, though the sweetness of the filling does mean they are not as strong and bitter as just normal dark chocolate. This has a layer of wafer under the chocolate and then the gooey filling similar to the jars of Nutella spread. Inside these chocolates you will find an almond, as opposed to the milk chocolate ones which have a hazelnut. I quite enjoy these dark Ferreros but I think if I was buying a box of a single variety I would go fr the milk version, through as a selection box they are quite pleasant to eat in moderation as they are still quite sweet and sickly so I can only eat one or two at a time.
These are a nice change and the selection box makes a good alternative but if buying a gift I would stick to the milk chocolate version - though I received mine as a gift and was pleased with them!
Did you know? Over 373 million individual Ferrero Rondnoir are sold around the world in a year. That means more than 10 every second!
===Would I Recommend?===
Fine chocolate 33.5% (sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, fat-reduced cocoa, emulsifier: lecithins (soya); vanillin), sugar, vegetable oil, whey powder, fat-reduced cocoa (7%), wheat flour, almond (4.5%), starches (wheat), milk proteins, emulsifier: lecithins (soya), raising agents (ammonium carbonate, sodium hydrogen carbonate), vanillin, salt.
Review of Ferrero Rondnoir.
These chocolates were a late Christmas present- to myself!
Wandering around my local Sainsbury's supermarket a couple of days ago, I spotted these on the reduced Christmas lines display, at £1.25 per box instead of the normal shelf price of around £4, and decided to treat myself.
Basically this is a box of dark chocolates from the makers of Ferrero Rocher. The chocolates are presented in a dark brown and cream coloured, rather grown up looking square box. All company and nutritional values can be found on the reverse of the pack.
As the name implies, these are round shaped, dark chocolates. On opening the outer packaging, the individual chocolates are wrapped in brown foil wrapper which sits in a little paper case.
Each chocolate is generously coated in chocolate vermicelli which is very tasty, but be warned it flies everywhere as you bite into the chocolate. Stupidly, I ate one whilst using my laptop and had to spend ages picking little bits of chocolate out of the keyboard!
The wafer coated chocolates are quite crisp on first bite, the crispy outer shell gives way to an incredibly rich filling. This filling is similar to a chocolate truffle in texture. It is very rich and absolutely delicious. Hidden away inside the bitter chocolate truffle is a little surprise, a nugget of almond.
The chocolates smell divine, almost like a very strong hot chocolatey drink. There is a definite sweet after-taste which lingers for quite a while. The mix of bitter chocolate and the sweet wafer is a lovely combination, but one definitely more suited to an adult palate.
I am not going to discuss ingredients or nutritional values in this review, these are chocolates after all and as such, are not going to be a healthy option. In my opinion, calories and chocolate should not be mentioned in the same sentence!
As one might expect, these chocolates contain nuts, sugars, milk and also soya, so obviously anyone sensitive to these, should beware. Ferrero Rondnoir are suitable for vegetarians.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
Ferrero Rondnoir are delicious!
I couldn't eat more than 2 or 3 of these in one go as they are extremely rich, but they are totally gorgeous. I like dark chocolate, but I prefer a good quality one, as the cheaper dark chocolates are just plain nasty in my view. Ferrero Rondnoir are made with a very good quality dark chocolate, they have a good flavour and do taste slightly bitter, but it is that bitter/sweet flavour you expect with confectionery of this type.
I didn't eat all the chocolates myself, but shared them with my other half. As a point of interest, he said that he did not like them as much as the traditional Ferrero Rocher, which he finds much more sweet. Naturally it is down to individual taste, but I would recommend these chocolates to anyone who enjoys dark chocolate.
The only drawback is the fact that there are only 12 chocolates in the box, making them rather pricey if bought at full price.
Thank you for reading my first review of 2012!
©brittle1906 January 2012
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Ferrero Rondnoir is an intense dark chocolate take on Ferrero Rocher. It does not have any hazelnuts, like Ferrero Rocher but it does have a slight nutty taste in the chocolate cream. You can even smell the cocoa and dark chocolate aroma from the wrapping.
The dark chocolate coating is quite crumbly as its made of chocolate sprinkles, that are nice to eat but they fall off easily, and once you open the chocolate you tend to find a few bits of chocolate have fallen off into the wrapper. The chocolate cream is not as intense as the chocolate coating, and it more like Ferrero Rocher milk chocolate as it has a slight taste of nuttiness. Overall, the dark chocolate flavour is the strongest.This creamy coholcate encases a ball of dark chocolate that has an intense cocoa taste that will linger on your palette after eating.
I found that the occasional ferrero Rondnoir chocolate had a soggy wafer that was not at all crispy. This might be true of other Ferrero chocolates as well, although in my past experience, I have not found many wafers that soggy and not crisp. In most of the Ferrero Rondnoir chocolates the wafer is crisp and much the same as the Ferrero Rocher milk chocolate version. The wafer does provide a break from the intense chocolatiness,
Ferrero Rondoir come in a warm dark brown foil with 'Ferrero Rondoir' written on the foil in a shiny dark brown colour. They look good on display in a stand or a bowl.
I love chocolate, particularly Ferrero Rocher. However for the price I just occasionally buy them. Last Christmas when I visited my local Sainsbury's one 75% off offer for Ferrero Rondnoir attracted me. Although I had never tried it before, bearing the Ferrero name and the price I picked a box which contains 12 Ferrero Rondnoir and was just 81p.
Ferrero is an Italian manufacturer of chocolate and other confectionery products. It was founded by confectioner Pietro Ferrero in 1946. As a family business it is based in Italy, but has high reputation around the world. Their most famous and popular products are Nutella and Ferrero Rocher. Ferrero Rondnoir is a name for the dark chocolate version which contains a pearl of dark chocolate in the centre instead of a hazelnut, chocolate cream instead of Nutella and crunchy chocolate bits instead of crushed hazelnuts.
The box looks very appealing. It has lots of dark colours as background. The name of Ferrero Rondnoir is displayed in white colour. Underneath there is a bigger Ferrero Rondnoir name in chocolate colour. A raised chocolate is noticeable on the front that shows you what the inside chocolate looks like. The number 12 tells how many you can get. The back of the box has same colour but simpler design. Mainly it delivers the information about ingredients of the chocolate and best date to eat.
There is a brief information about the product. It is a fine chocolate covered speciality with a smooth dark chocolate centre in which there are fine chocolate (41%), sugar, vegetable oil, whey powder, wheat flour, fat-reduced cocoa (5.5%), whole milk powder, starch, emulsifier, milk proteins, raising agents (ammonium hydrogen carbonate, sodium hydrogen carbonate), skimmed milk powder, vanillin, salt. May contain traces of hazelnuts.
Opening the box you can see 12 chocolates that is individually wrapped in a dark brown coloured foil and set inside a little paper tray with four rows. Unwrapping the chocolate you can see they are covered in lots of tiny pieces of dark chocolate. Once biting in one you will firstly notice it is crispy crunchy. The little ball of dark chocolate is smooth, but not bitter. In opposite you can taste strong sweet from the chocolate cream.
Compared to my experience with Ferrero Rocher I felt a little upset with Ferrero Rondnoir. As a Ferrero product it is packed in eye-appealing way. The chocolate is similar with Rocher ones in size and appearance. However the taste is not as great as them. If I didn't buy it in a supermarket, I would think it's a quality knockoff of Ferrero products. The outside chocolate pieces taste like sand without any taste. Also some of which flake off and make a mess everywhere. The inside chocolate ball is so small which you would hardly notice. Most importantly the tastes of the outer coatings and the chocolate ball can not be mixed. I feel more like eating plain and dry chocolate pieces and sweet cream separately, bland with little taste.
My conclusion is I would not buy it as a high quality chocolate especially in the original price. However for 81p it is by all means a lot better than many ordinary candy.
When I spotted these at 75% off in the Christmas section at my local Sainsburys I just had to pick some up as a box of 12 Ferrero Rondnoir was just 81p and I actually picked up 6 boxes and gave a couple out for presents for people (nice to save a bit of money and still treat people!) and then we kept three boxes for ourselves which have slowly been being eaten two at a time!
The box has quite a classy look to it as it has lots of dark colours and then a kind of raised chocolate on the front and it sh ows you the inside of the chocolate and the most important aspect for me is that it shows you that this Ferrero Rocher does not have a nut in the centre which is a plus for me as I really find that spoils the Ferrero Rocher for me. There is lots of raised parts on this box and it really does look like effort has been put in to give it a slightly luxurious feel and look.
The first thing I noticed about this box is that there is nutritional information, only ingredients, and while I don't mind as what I don't know doesn't hurt me with regards to chocolate I am sure some people would be interested to know this.
Ingredients: Fine chocolate 38% (cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, emulsifier: soy lecithin; flavourings), sugar, vegetable oil, whey powder, wheat flour, fat-reduced cocoa (6.5%), whole milk powder, starch, cocoa butter, milk proteins, emulsifier (soy lecithin), raising agents (sodium hydrogen carbonate), skimmed milk powder, vanillin, salt.
May contain traces of hazelnuts.
Once the box is opened there are twelve chocolates in a copper coloured plastic tray and they are set out all wonderful and all very uniform in size and appearance. The chocolates are individually wrapped in a dark brown/copper coloured foil and then they sit inside a little frilly paper tray. Once the chocolates are unwrapped they look delicious and they are covered in lots of tiny pieces of chocolate, some of which flake away and make a mess everywhere to be honest.
Once the chocolate is bit in too it has a delicious crispy crunchy outer layer, a smooth praline Nutella style second smaller layer and then in the centre is a ball of delicious dark chocolate which is lovely to bite in to. The whole thing works deliciously well and makes my mouth water so much. The chocolate ball in the centre is the best part and the least favourite part is the little chocolate bits on the outside as they do go everywhere and it started to drive me crazy after a few days. The crispy outer layer is made up of a couple of wafer layers which break up deliciously and melt in the mouth, the second inner layer is kind of like Nutella but even more flavourful and it has a lovely thick praline consistency to it. For me these are far superior to the standard Ferrero Rocher and I love the fact that there is no nut in the middle. The whole sweet has a luxurious taste and feel to it and they look very appetising in their individual little wrappers and in their paper frilly cases. These are the kind of sweets that I would feel happy to serve to family and friends after a nice meal and I would know that this is something they don't get to enjoy every day.
These are not as widely available as the standard Ferrero Rocher but they are sold in all the big supermarkets near by as well as a fair few petrol stations and things like that and recently I saw these priced at £5.99 in a local petrol station so I was very pleased with the 81p I had paid and I only wish they had more stock in when I was purchasing them but as I was a little late in the day I was lucky to find what I did.
I don't like Ferrero Rocher (and therefore always buy them for my family, not because I'm mean but because it's a guaranteed gift I won't then help myself to) but I do like Nutella, which is also made by them, so I keep an open mind when it comes to new products bearing the Ferrero name. I had been seeing these everywhere for months, but only in large boxes which I couldn't justify buying merely to satisfy my curiosity. Recently, however, I found them on sale in small tube boxes, and decided for 35 pesos, or £1.75, I could finally try them.
Rondnoir chocolates look a bit like the Rocher ones, in that they are small balls, individually wrapped and each seated in a mini paper case. I checked the description before buying and found "a dark chocolate cream surrounding a dark pearl within a delicate crisp wafer topped with dark chocolate morsels". I don't dislike dark chocolate, though I prefer milk, but I did at least know what I was letting myself in for. What I was looking for in the description was what I received: a promise of no crunchy nuts, since they're the part that puts me off Ferrero Rocher (though ironically the smooth hazelnutty taste is what attracts me to Nutella).
The box I had was a tall tube that stacked the 4 chocolates one on top of the other. It was seal wrapped with plastic over the cardboard tube, and so tight it was hard to get in - I tried nails, scissors and, eventually, teeth just to crack the plastic. I don't generally like to work this hard for my chocolate, though I suppose frustration must have burnt a few calories. On the flip side, the crinkly plastic and the cardboard box and the little paper 'skirts' and the paper covers give you lots of stuff to play with afterwards, if you're the sort of person whose fingers always like to model random animals and aliens and suchlike with any materials right in front of you. I made a pig, but then I did have Swine Flu on the brain. They're still not a patch on those brilliant clear plastic boxes the originals come in though - I used to keep pencil sharpenings in mine in Year 5 when keeping a box full of pencil sharpenings seemed the cool thing to do.
Once unwrapped, the chocolates don't look all that attractive. They are small balls but the vermicelli coating is far from even as in the picture on box, and it starts to flake off even as you unwrap the foil, making them not one you'd want to eat on a white sofa or near a computer. Added to their messiness is the fact that, unless you have a massive gob, they're simply too big to eat in one go, so you have to bite into them. When I did this, I ended up biting off the shell, since this splintered from the central core with little effort. You can see why they sell them in fancy wrappers because if you served these up to guests without the paper case, they'd be pretty underwhelmed by what looks like a rather hand-made product, with no two sporting exactly the same look.
Inside the chocolates I found the rather bitter chocolate cream. When I do eat dark chocolate, I like the top quality stuff, like Lindt or Green and Blacks, that has all sorts of subtle flavours to it, but this had nothing and was just plain and bitter. The wafer was crisp, but like most wafers has little in the way of flavour. If you imagine that it probably takes a little bit of the bitterness away, I wouldn't want to know what these would taste like without said wafer part. The chocolate pearl centre they rave about is what I would simply call a smooth truffle. Though this is dark chocolate too, I found it less bitter than its coating, though it had a funny after taste.
Overall, I was not impressed by these, and think that even massive fans of dark chocolate might not find them wonderful. The messiness put me off immediately, and unfortunately they did not redeem themselves in terms of taste. I found them so bitter, 3 was my limit. Unfortunately, here they come in tubes of 4 (which weight 40g, not an excessive amount in terms of chocolate). They might be nice to serve individually with coffee like a petit four, but to sit and eat them several at a time as if they were an ordinary bar or box of chocolates is not something I would recommend.
These were launched in the UK for Christmas 2008. They are available all over, and you can expect to pay about £2 or up in the UK.
For an appetising picture of what they should look like, see:
I ate my first Ferrero Rondnoir about 56 min and 47 seconds ago, and it was heavenly!
Could it have been the lack of food in the last five hours, or are these the best thing to ever have been packed up in a box and sealed with plastic?
Well maybe my hunger has made me a little biased, but I was in chocolate heaven, when I bit into this scrumptious dark treat.
Packaged in a smart little box, there are 12 chocolates in the tray, they are wrapped in an elegant brown foil and sit in the typical Rocher fluted cups, looking as elegant as the queen.
For those of you who think that these may be similar to the Rocher well then I would have to disappoint you because they are in a whole different sphere of taste and even texture.
So here is what they taste like, (start drooling)
Instead of the nuts that the original boasted, this chocolate is covered in little chocolate balls/crumble. They taste like dark chocolate, but it is not as heavy. But more cookie like.
The typical wafer shell, firm yet oh so easy to break through, and tastes divine.
Daringly delicious dark chocolate cream, its just a fantastic truffle that is light and creamy, without being heavy and overwhelmingly "dark chocolaty"
Nope its not a nut this time it's a little dark chocolate ball, it doesn't taste like typical dark chocolate but more like a soft buttery rich dark chocolate ball. It's very soft and melts very easily in your mouth, but has more texture then the creamy coating.
This combination creates an incredible sensation, as the different textures mingle.
The crispy coating, combined with the creamy center and then the final chocolate ball burst is just too much for a simple human to resist.
This chocolate cost me 2 euros and can be found for about 2-4 euros in most stores, each piece contains 52.5 calories and 3.5 grams of fat.
I am still a fan of the original Ferrero Rocher but this one is great if you like dark chocolate and are open to trying a spin off of the original.
Yes the original will always be the best, but it can get boring eating the same "best" chocolate all the time.
So if you like the original give this one a go, it might be a winner for you as well!
Don't mess with perfection, that's what I say. Ferrero Rocher to me are pretty much one of the best chocolates around what with their lovely mix of chocolate, hazelnut and wafer. I know they are not to everyone's taste but the texture and the fun gold wrapper to me all add to the beautiful chocolate experience. And who can forget the classic ambassador's reception advertising used back in the 80's with the line, "Monsieur, with these Rocher you are really spoiling us!!
Ferrero Rocher are the upper class chocolate, meant for only people worthy of going to an Ambassador's reception. Ferrero Rocher was a brand that people were meant to aspire to, the consumer was getting a treat if they bought this chocolate and it gave them a certain status in the world.
So I was a bit dubious when they brought out a new range of Rocher's, the same look but a different taste in the name of Rondnoir. On their website they describe Rondnoir as creamy, rich chocolate filling, surrounding a "black pearl" of fine dark chocolate, all encased in a delicate crisp wafer and enveloped in dark chocolate and crunchy dark chocolate morsels. They are definitely the same quality of chocolate, very well presented with good quality chocolate etc. However, I firstly don't like dark chocolate so this could probably one reason why I don't like them as much. Also I just felt like they were missing something. They were a bit bland for my liking. The hazelnut in the original chocolates really give them a unique taste but these didn't really have an exceptional taste other than dark chocolate and to me it was all a bit too much.
With these chocolates though they are in keeping with the tradition of quality, unique products and a sophisticated and indulgent dark chocolate. Like I said, the Rondnoir look exactly like the original chocolates. They have an outer layer of dark chocolate which has little bumps all over it. These are the chocolate morsels. Then there is the wafer layer which is still very thin and crispy and has a really nice texture. This surrounds the dark chocolate filling but again is a bit too much for me. If you do like dark chocolate though I would definitely say this is a product for you as the whole sweet has just a really nice rich, multi taste/ingredient make up to it which I think makes it a great product.
Ferrero Rocher and Rondnoir are probably most popular in the box sets. They now do a box set with some of the original, some of the Rondnoir and some of the Ferrero Garden (creamy-coconut-almond filled) in called Ferrero Collection. The Rondnoir in the pack are wrapped in dark brown wrappers so you know which is which.
Each sweet is approximately 10g and has 55 calories in it. This is about 20 calories less than the original which probably has something to do with the fact that it has dark chocolate in it.
So, like I said not one for me but if you love dark chocolate then definitely try these out!
I came upon these chocolates in an Asda Supermarket at Christmas time when I was looking for Ferrero Rocher. I could not find the Ferrero Rocher which I buy often as a treat, so I thought that I would try Ferrero Rondnoir. Well, they are made by Ferrero, therefore I thought that they were bound to be good .
However, these chocolates are dark chocolates and on the back of the dark brown and gold box they are described as "Fine Chocolate Covered Speciality With A Smooth Dark Chocolate Centre". The box is square with a picture of the chocolates on the front, back and sides of the box. Inside the box, is a gold tray, that contains twelve Ferrero Rondnoir chocolates with each one sitting dressed in luxurious paper foil, and in a paper cup, with the Rondnoir sticker on top. They are contained in their own separate compartments.
On the outside of each chocolate Ferrero Rondnoir, its shell is covered in dark crumbly chocolate bits, and inside, although I was expecting to find a nut, it was surprising to find, that there was a nut shaped piece of dark chocolate.
I do not like dark chocolate usually, because I find it very bitter and difficult to eat, however, I really liked Ferrero Rondnoir.
To sum up, I have to say well done to Ferrero because they seem to have got it just right, and produced a nice box of dark chocolates for people who enjoy dark chocolates. Also, people like me, who dislike dark chocolate,
may like these chocolates as I did not find them bitter like the usual dark chocolate. I would buy these chocolates again because I really liked them.
I am the world's biggest chocaholic and a big fan of Ferrero Rocher in particular so it came as something as a surprise to me recently when I discovered Ferrero make other products as well. Browsing at our local market on Tuesday I came across a product called Ferrero Rondnoir at the very attractive price of £2. Obviously I had to buy them.
Looking at the box it appeared that the chocolates were similar to a Ferrero Rocher, only using dark chocolate. The back of the box gave the information that it held a "fine chocolate covered speciality with a smooth dark chocolate centre" which was a little bit ambiguous and didn't really tell me what to expect, but the picture looked pretty much like a darker version of the Rocher chocolate. Yum!
On opening the box I discovered twelve chocolates inside, wrapped in dark coloured foil, sitting in little paper cases with the familiar sticker on the top. So far, so good! Upon opening the foil I noticed the first difference. On the outside of the chocolate, rather than the nutty chocolate shell, the Rondnoir was coated in dark chocolate strands, which scattered messily everywhere as I bit into the chocolate.
Inside was the familiar wafer shell, encasing the soft dark chocolate. Then I ame to the nut, or so I thought. On biting into it, I discovered it was just a smooth round lump of dark chocolate, which was a bit disappointing as I feel it's really the nuts that make Ferrero Rocher as scrumptious as they are.
On the whole I wasn't overly impressed by the chocolates. They were ok, they certainly all still got eaten but there wasn't enough difference in taste and texture for me. Also I like to nibble at my chocolate, eating first the chocolate-y outer coating then the wafer before sucking away at the chocolate to find the nut inside - disgusting, but that's the way I like to do it - and the Ferrero Rondnoir was far to messy to be able to do that.
On investigating further on the internet it appears that this is a new product, created for Christmas 2008 and intended for people who enjoy dark chocolate or dislike nuts. I suppose if you are one of these people then this may be the product for you but I will definitely be sticking with the original version.
I would like to tell you where to buy these but I've only ever seen them on our local market and I can't seem to find any available to buy from online sources either, so they might just be one to watch out for. I would also suggest that the normal price will be more than I paid as the market sells sweets for far less than their recommended price (although often they're close to their sell by date).
In conclusion, although they weren't exactly horrible, they weren't special enough for me to buy again, even at a bargain price, although if you love dark chocolate they might be worth a try.