I met up with one of my good friends today as our birthday's our only a few days apart so we decided to meet up for lunch. We always make it a good tradition to trade birthday gifts and she was really nice to give me a Marks & Spencer voucher and a box of these Guylian chocolate sea shell chocolates which I am currently munching off as I lounge on the sofa!
They come in a white cardboard box with a small window so you can see inside at a small section that you are getting. The packing isn't overly fancy but is quite nicely designed and not that of a basic looking box of chocolates.
Inside the box is a black tray, containing 22 delicious belgian chocolates. They are individually seated in little cases with 4 across and 2 rows of 5 and 2 rows of 6 vertically. They come in different shapes like seashells, small and long and some in the shape of a seahorse. They smell very rich and chocolatey and are presented well in the box.
The chocolates themselves are absolutely DELICIOUS! They are swirly mixture of white and milk chocolate on the outer coating, and filled inside with praline and and belgian chocolate. The consistency is quite smooth but when bitten into, it has a slightly nutty texture which is a little bit bitty but it is really enjoyable to munch on. I eat them in different ways, sometimes biting into them and then nibbling them, or just popping them in whole, to even sucking them lol!
I really like these chocolates, but the only downside is they are extremely sweet! I really enjoy eating them, but I have had to pace myself, as I can eat about 3 maximum then my wisdom tooth (which is currently aching) really regrets the decision and I have to take a break! My daughter has eaten one and decided to quit too, so the sweetness is not for the faint hearted!
A box of these from Tesco will cost £4 which I think is actually quite expensive and normally the price of a box of ferrero rocher or even slightly more expensive! They are really nice and I would recommend them to any chocolate fans who have a particular sweet tooth as they are very addictive and taste lovely, just I can't eat too many of them in one go!
I received a small 65g box of these chocolates as a 'Thank you' present from a friend. I am a praline fiend and would have all my chocolate indulgences be made of praline if it was at all possible so I feel I am qualified enough to judge the quality of these enchanting Belgian chocolate sea shells and I owe it to you, the dooyoo public to fully research these delightfully boxed chocolate marvels.
Price and Availability
Guylian is a brand synonymous with the production of Belgian chocolate sea shells and so these chocolates are priced accordingly. A 65g miniature box containing 6 chocolate shells retails at around £1.00 whereas a larger 250g box will set you back around £4.00. These aren't the unknown brand, £1 a box, chocolates from discount stores nor are they the expensive pralines found at Thornton's or Hotel Chocolat. They are a reasonable price for a well known brand and I would say they are an ideal gift chocolate, renowned but affordable. Guylian chocolate sea shells are widely available from supermarkets, discount stores and even corner shops. I don't imagine they would be difficult to come across in your local area.
My 65g box of chocolates came in a white box with a transparent aperture at the front allowing me to see the wonderful bounty what lay inside, this created an instant impression. The product looked nice and I knew that the pretty box wasn't hiding some hideous chocolates inside, a nice touch if purchasing for a gift. The box had the Guylian brand written on all four sides and again on the top, all instances of the name are embossed in a metallic gold and adding that little hint of quality to the product. There was a mock ribbon and bow on the top right corner of the box, reinforcing the idea that this product makes a great gift. The box contained all the information you would need in regards to a food product i.e ingredients, cautions, storage instructions etc. and on the front of the box was a glossy brown picture of the signature seahorse chocolate, overall a very enticing product. The box was easy to open and the chocolates easy to slide out. The chocolates are supplied in a dark brown plastic tray which isn't great for the environment but I like that the smallest of boxes has been given the same consideration as the larger boxes, it makes those 6 chocolates seem much more indulgent.
The chocolates themselves are divine, as I have said I do love praline and the quality of these chocolates for the price is great. I have a nasty habit of buying cheap chocolate and although I enjoy the taste of cheap pralines I find they are very 'gritty' in texture and I can feel the sugar content in them. This does not happen with these chocolates, the praline in these is as smooth as a chocolate river. They are rich as opposed to sweet and have a deep 'nutty' taste. The shells are also rather large in size, larger than the average chocolate sea shell and are deeply filled. They come in a range of Seashell shapes, including the signature Seahorse. The silky praline is coated in a thin layer of glossy, marbled, Belgian chocolate and is a joy to eat. They are satisfying but in a rich rather than sugary way and I find one to two shells is enough to sedate my sweet craving and I have a notorious sweet tooth.
Overall I would recommend Guylian Belgian chocolate sea shells to anyone who likes praline. They are a quality product that I wouldn't hesitate to give as a gift and the availability of sizes means that you can give them as the main present or as a 'stocking filler/little bit of something'. A nicely packaged, yummy box of treats to share or, more likely, to keep to myself!.
I dont tend to buy these for myself as they are ever so sweet and very expensive. Being Dairy intolerant I do not tend to have much chocolate anyway.
These chocos are almost compusary at Christmas and is usually when I end up sampling them. They are very pretty looking chocs of brown and white marbled outer and a praline centre. The taste of hazel nuts is very strong so if you are not a nut fan then stay away. They are very melt in the mouth. After the first crunch the centre is very soft but so sweet that one smal choc is usally enough for me.
Pricewise these are really expensive. I have not bought a large box recently but bought a mini box of 4 choc for a friend and that was 99p for four small chocs which would not really get near to equating to a normal choc bar for 40p!
Being choc these are high in calories and fat so if looking for a low fat diet these are definitely out of the question!! probably even for a treat! Presentationwise, these are really far ahead of the game and come in a nice smooth line box with the chocs nicely spaced out. The are all different shells shapes and sea horses and if you canstomach the sweetness then it is compulsary to sample each shape - they do all taste the same though!
These chos really are for indulgence and dont we all need that once in a while??!!
This is a review of Guylian Chocolate Sea Shells. In a 250g box you get 22 chocolate sea shells but once people see you with a box of these, they don't seem to last very long! I got a box for Valentine's day and had forgotten how nice they were.
What are they?
Chocolate shells refers mainly to the shape of these chocolates. They are both white and milk chocolate Belgian chocolates with a praline centre. Each chocolate is shaped differently but tastes exactly the same (it took me quite a while and lots of research to figure this out!!).
In the box, the chocolate shells are in two types. One has a shiny finish and one has a matt finish but again, they both taste exactly the same.
The chocolates are shaped like different shells and a couple of seahorses are thrown in there too. I have spent many hours trying to establish which are the larger shapes so that when my husband asks for one, I can feed him one of the smaller chocolates. There is not a lot of difference between the chocolates but the horn shaped shells are definitely smaller than the seahorses so you should stick to that theory to be on the safe side when sharing.
The outer box is white cardboard with a see through part in the lid so you can see the chocs within. Inside the box is a plastic mould which holds all the chocolates in place. You can, once opened, lower a small flap in the lid to seal the chocolates in between eating sessions.
These chocolates are amazing! They really do taste good. The outer shell of chocolate holds tight for while before giving way to the melty praline within. Once you get to that bit it's only seconds before your mouth is empty.
I have found I have a low tolerance for eating sweets now I have hit 30 and tend to find 4 -5 is my maximum ability in one sitting before I feel sickly. This is probably a good thing really.
An average price for 250g (22 chocolates) is £4 but supermarkets often have these on offer around Christmas, Easter and Valentines.
I had forgotten how nice these chocolates were until my husband bought me a box for Valentine's day. I think these are nice enough as a gift and a bit different too. I would add 'beware of imitations' as there are some similar boxed chocolates out there that look like these but taste awful so don't fall for the looky-likes as they are very poor in comparison.
For best eating experience, I think these chocolates should be kept in the fridge as it makes them last a little longer before they melt in your mouth. Having said that, the fridge is a danger zone in our house once things are opened they tend to disappear so do consider this before chilling. These are nice gifting chocolates or special occasion rewards and as someone who rarely eats other brands than Cadbury's I think they are very nice.
Guylian's Chocolate Sea Shells are a deliciously rich and luxurious selection of chocolates. As the name would suggest, these chocolates are shaped like sea shells, with the occasional seahorse thrown in as well. Each sea shell contains a praline centre which is then wrapped in delicious Belgian chocolate. The sea shells comprise of 65% praline which means they are packed to the brim with the stuff.
Guylian's Chocolate Sea Shells are nicely presented and I would say they are marketed as something for a special occasion rather than an everyday chocolate. The sea shells are very detailed and look very presentable sitting in their box. It seems a bit of a strange concept to me as the idea of eating a chocolate prawn is not particularly appetising. Thankfully they are only sea shell shaped and don't contain any fishy bits (just to be clear!).
Guylian's Chocolate Sea Shells are a touch pricey, as their high end status would suggest. I paid about £3.50 for a box of 22 sea shells (a 250g box).They are certainly worth the investment though, if only for the way that the praline melts in your mouth as you sink your teeth into these sea shells.
I would certainly recommend them and they are always a well received gift if you are going to somebody's house for dinner and want something to take with you (well they are at my house anyway!). If you haven't tried them yet I would certainly recommend treating yourself to a pack asap!
The world's favourite Belgian chocolates!
Guylian's original Belgian chocolate sea shells are described as an exquisite combination of refined taste and time-honoured tradition, whose famous quality is savoured by connoisseurs worldwide!
High praise indeed but these are really very nice chocolates. If you're like me and always go for the praline chocolate first in a selection box of chocolates then you will love these sea shells because they are all filled with a lovely smooth roasted hazelnut praline. The taste is absolutely divine, they are creamy and really have a lovely warm roasted flavour to them.
The chocolates, as the name would suggest are all shaped like sea shells. Some are fan shaped, some are cylindrical and some are in the shape of sea horses which are my favourite shape. Each chocolate is a blend of white, milk and dark chocolate and they have a sort of marble effect look to them. I think this makes them look very attractive and very edible and gives them quite an exclusive look in my opinion. Apparently the chocolate is made from the finest West African cocoa beans, it definitely tastes good to me. The praline centre in each chocolate is quite thick, regardless of which sea shell shape you have. The chocolate shell around it too is quite thick so you get a good combination of pure chocolate and the praline centre.
By buying these chocolates you are also doing a good deed. According to the box, "every time you buy a box of Guylian's original chocolate sea shells, you are supporting 'Project Seahorse", that is devoted to stopping the gradual disappearance of these delicate creatures from the oceans of the world.
So, do something good today for you and the seahorses, buy some Guylian!
These have got to be the best choccies for sat in front of television after a long day at work or a hard day running around after the kids.
OK, I'll put the nutritional information below for you, but to be honest if you really want to enjoy these chocolates just ignore then because you will feel guilty. But as I try to think ......
"once in a while a bit of what's bad for you....."
Nutritional Info - (per 100g)
Energy: 546kcal - 2285kj
The box currently sat in front of me is a 250g box which contains 22 belgain chocolates filled with a smooth praline. Unfortunately for alergy sufferers it does clearly state that they may contain traces of nuts and gluten. With regards to the traces of nuts the ingredients list does list haxelnuts as one therefore personally I think that rules these for nut alergy sufferers.
But if you are one of the lucky ones who can enjoy these amazing little shells then tuck in because the smooth creamy chocolate is enough to satisfy any chocoholic.
It is always nice to treat yourself and those you love, so when you learn they love a type of premium chocolate a good way into a girls heart (or pants) could be by getting them their favourite types of chocolate treat. Having heard my fiancé talking about Guylian Chocolate Sea Shells for a few weeks the seeds were sown, let her walk up to bed and see some of these on the pillow, having her little heart played with by chocolate and getting brownie points easily and effectively. For £3 a box (they were £6 for 2 boxes in Morrison's just before Christmas) they seemed like an ideal purchase eve with just 20 chocolates in a box. The box comes in a luxurious white colour with a window in the centre to see the chocolate shells inside, some how making them more enticing than ever before.
When the boxing is opened you see various "sea shell" shaped chocolate, to be honest a lot of them look like sea horses rather than the normal "sea shell" shape that we are used to. They are a rather smooth blend of browns and white in colour and have delicate looking designs on them that make them look like they took a lot of time to make each one. As far as eye pleasing these are amongst the prettiest chocolates in the world, much more so than the rival premium chocolates "Lindt" which are effectively little balls of chocolate (rather boring looking). The questions that pops into your head when you look at such chocolates is "Can they taste as nice as they look?" but what you quickly realise is that these are something else, something special. As you bite through the outer layer you find the inside of the chocolate (a praline) to be soft, smooth and ultra rich, like nothing you've had before, you realise this is what you've paid for and this is what the fuss is about. The rich smooth taste, which may be too much for some, is just sweet, soft and smooth. If you the sort of person who "swallows their food with out chewing" you'll ultimately miss out on the gorgeous taste of the centre praline, something that you know should be kept away from the hands of children who'll spend more time gazing at there beauty than actually savouring the taste of the chocolate.
Although some will be feeling that the chocolates are "too posh" for them, these are amongst the best value for money treat you can get for your other half, and with Valentines day just a few weeks away putting them on your lovers pillow before they go to bed could be the best way to end a perfect day. Of course make sure your not too drunk when you eat them or you'll end up "wasting" the taste and quality of the luxury Belgian chocolate that they are made of. They are the perfect affordable luxury treat for your better half, or even yourself.
My day has been made today by having received a box of Guylian Seashell chocolates from a very kind colleague.
For those of you not lucky enough to have tried these, they are Belgian chocolates with a praline filling. Each chocolate is in the shape of a different sea shell or seahorse and the outside of each chocolate is mottled in milk and white chocolate to make the "sea shells" look authentic. The taste is fantastic with creamy belgian chocolate giving way to a lovely praline centre. It is very hard to eat only one at a time and also to stop other members of the family from eating them!
They are presented in a lovely cream box with a celophane centre showing the sea shells inside to tempt you. The Guylian name is written in gold giving a feeling of opulence and the corner of the box has a printed ribbon to give it an expensive and special look.
On opening the box there is more information inside, in various languages, about the chocolates and Guylian and also about Project Seahorse. This project is devoted to stopping the gradual disappearance of seahorses from the oceans of the world. More can be found out about Project Seahorse by visting the Guylian website.
The cost of a 250g box is about £3.53 which isn't bad given the quality of the chocolates and the fact that there are 16 chocolates in the box each one being a good chunky size.
A small box of 65g can be bought for 85p if you want to treat yourself without going the whole hog!
There are also 120g bars of chocolate with the same recipe but in the form of a normal chocolate bar for £1.36.
Whichever way you choose to buy Guylian chocolates I am sure you will enjoy them - the taste is amazing.
I decided to start my Christmas shopping early this year and for my auntie's and uncle's I decided to buy boxes of Guylian chocolates. Having six boxes of Guylian Praline Seashells in my house was always going to be tempting and I am afraid to say I crumbled to temptation and had to open a box of Guylian Seashells in order to satisfy my sweet craving.
Guylian chocolate seashells come in a square creamy white chocolate box. There is a clear window on the front of the box where the chocolate praline seashells are visible inside the box.
Inside of the box there is a black plastic tray which holds 24 chocolate praline seashells.
For a 250g box of Guylian chocolate Seashells (24 chocolates) Asda sells these for £4.19. The chocolates are currently on special where you can buy two boxes for £6. I think that this is extremely good value for a box of nice tasting chocolates, especially as you get quite a few chocolates in the box.
In each box of seashells there are different shapes although all of the chocolates taste the same. The chocolates are shaped as a variety of sea shells and also sea horses.
Each chocolate seashell has a harder milk chocolate covering with white chocolate running through it to give a marbled effect.
It is very pleasant texture when you bite into the seashell. The harder milk chocolate shell compliments the soft rich praline softer centre which is soft but still is quite firm for praline.
The taste of the Guylian seashells is delicious. You can initially taste the outer milk chocolate shell which is very chocolately and creamy. However the strongest taste is then the praline inner centre. This is very rich and sweet, with a lovely creamy chocolately taste mixed in with a subtle hazelnut flavour. This is very smooth and leaves a lasting sweet after taste in your mouth.
The praline seashells are delicious but I do find that because all of the chocolates are the same taste wise they do get sickly quite quickly if you eat too many.
Per praline seashell
Considering this is per chocolate these are probably not the best nutritionally especially for those on a diet. But they do taste delicious so make a lovely sweet treat every now and then when eaten in moderation (unfortunately I have no self restraint).
If you like pralines then I would definitely recommend Guylian seashells. The chocolates have a lovely creamy milk chocolate taste with a very sweet rich hazelnut aftertaste to them. The texture of the milk chocolate outer seashell is delicious which compliments the softer inner praline centre of each chocolate. For such nice chocolates these are very reasonably priced and for £4 for a box these make an excellent present. Just remember to eat in moderation as these are very rich and sickly if you eat too many.
Guylian is a Belgian company, most famous for their sea shell chocolate, and are perhaps more recently known for their variety of sea shell chocolate bars and variations upon their traditional chocolate selection.
These are one of my first experiences of praline chocolate, and I must give it to them for making that experience magical!
Guylian Sea shell chocolates are packaged in a box with a see through window at the top for you to admire their wonderfully crafter praline chocolates.
It has a simple packaging, with a tray for the chocolate directly inside and sealed on the outside.
~~~APPEARANCE, TASTE AND TEXTURE~~~
Each box of sea shell chocolates has a variety of different sea shapes, although each of them taste the same. We have:
-A variety of shells (mussel, clam and more)
Every different shape, also has a different surface area, and volume, so in this way, perhaps they are different in a sense.
There is a slight harder shell which covers the praline, and this outer shell has milk and white chocolate in a marble pattern, which makes it look absolutely fantastic. Biting through this crunchy crust, we reach the praline which is incredibly smooth and indulgent.
I love the shell with the pointy top (sorry I don't know the name) as there is lots of this crusty crunchy layer, although all of them are equally great!
The textures are great, a mix of hard and soft, and they are not too sweet- PERFECT.
With a selection like this, the appearance of the chocolate adds a touch of specialty and originality, a final touch to make this box complete.
They cost around £2-3 at most supermarkets.
I would recommend this to everyone who is looking for a box of praline chocolates. They are perhaps the icon or the original for these, and is definitely MY first experience eating pralines, and none other has topped them (Milka I <3 U pralines are close).
Writing this has made me want some, and I will definitely get a box or two over Christmas to enjoy!
I remember staring at these special shells every time I walked into Woolworths with my mother when I was younger. The shells are all different shapes and very well made with impressive detailing.
They come in an elegant white box with golden font for the Guylian branding and has a clear see-through part so that you can see the chocolates in the box. The gorgeous Belgian chocolates have 65% praline. As soon as you put one of these smooth shiny shells in your mouth it begins to melt. These taste absolutely wonderful, smooth and creamy with just enough hazelnut taste. I love praline so these are one of my favourite chocolates.
You can buy a 250g box from Sainsburys for £3.99. If you end up gobbling down 100g of these then there is a whopping 546 calorie intake.
These boxes are also available in larger or smaller sizes. So you can buy a tiny box for a little indulgence without having to worry about gorging yourself on them. Or buy a huge box for a friend and make sure to nab a few.
This box of chocolates was one of three brought to our house recently when we had a bit of a gathering. There were a couple left over so I thought I would do some extra testing and report my findings!
Firstly, this product is made by Guylian and inside the box you will find sixteen chocolate seashell-shaped pieces. The packaging is attractive , with a see through window to see what is inside which I think is a good idea, because that way you know what you're getting and whether you get much for your money (unlike when you open a bag of crisps and it's barely half full). The front of the box is plain white with the Guylian logo in gold at the top, as you can see from the picture above.
I think that these chocolates are about £4. As I said I did not buy them on this occasion but have in the past and that is what I remember them to be. For sixteen chocolates, that is quite expensive and they are in what I would think of as the Ferrero Rocher price bracket. They were a really nice gift and you know that the person hasn't picked out the cheapest product they could find (probably because she knew she would be eating them too!).
As I said, inside the box you get sixteen individual chocolates. They are in a black plastic tray but they are not individually wrapped which I think is good because in a tray like this that would be a waste of packaging.
The chocolates are all chocolate shells filled with a soft praline inside. The taste does vary slightly because of the coating. Some of them are covered more in milk or more in white chocolate than others. The taste inside is the same. In my opinion it is delicious. I am a big fan of chocolate in general and I like praline. In the praline you can taste the nuttyness of the hazlenuts but it is not a very prominent flavour and I think the flavour that comes over is a smooth and creamy one. The chocolate coatings are also very creamy.
The chocolates are different shapes and sizes. I think the different shapes adds interest to the experience and I can't think of any other chocolates that are shaped so cleverly (except perhaps from specialist shops like Thorntons). Some of the chocolates are slightly bigger than others. If you're giving them to children I'm sure they'd fight over who got the biggest one!
As there is praline inside there are nut ingredients in these chocolates so it is not suitable for people with nut allergies. The chocolates also have quite a lot of sugar so they aren't very good for you, but I heard that chocolate sales have rocketed in the recession and it's no wonder, because although the aren't healthy they will make you feel better!
I recommend this product as either a treat or as a gift.
Most people eat more chocolate at Christmas than at any other time of the year (except of course perhaps Easter) and our household is no exception. One of my personal favourites are Guylian Belgian Seashell chocolates, and what is even better, is my husband doesn't like them much so I get to scoff the lot!
They usually come in a white box, and there are several sizes, from miniature versions, upward, but the box I had was 22 chocolates. The lid of the box has a clear cellophane section so you can see the chocolates beneath, and you see what you get, chocolates in the shape of various seashells. The shells are dark and white chocolate swirled together to make a marbled pattern, and these are formed into beautiful sea shell shapes, then filled with praline. All the chocolates are the same, you will find no caramels or orange creams here, these are strictly for lovers of hazelnut praline like myself. In English the chocolates are called Finest Belgian chocolate sea shells, but the translation is not strictly accurate, because in French they are called fruits of the sea. This is more accurate, as one of the shapes is actually a sea horse.
This is fitting because on the inside of the lid of the box we are told 'Every time you buy a box of Guylian's Original Chocolate Sea Shells, you are supporting 'Project Seahorse' that is devoted to stopping the gradual disappearance of these delicate creatures from the oceans of the world. The box also tells you that the project is active in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, the Philippines, Portugal, UK, USA, and Vietnam, and directs you to the website at www.projectseahorse.org for further information.
To me, the fact that the company supports a worthwhile cause such as this is a definite bonus, although I adore the chocolates, so it would have no bearing on whether I bought them or not.
When you bite into the delicious crisp chocolate shell, and get the first rich taste of the smooth praline, it is just heaven. The sweet yet nutty taste of the praline is gorgeous, and combined with the chocolate, it is just an explosion of flavour in your mouth. I have always thought that nut and chocolate together is one of the best flavour combinations, and these chocolates do nothing to diminish that thought. Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas for me, without a box of Guylian to enjoy throughout the festivities.
22 chocolates is 250g
The 250g box is on offer at Tesco at the moment at 2 for £6
Today is my birthday and I recieved a box of Guylian. I have opened them to sample and therefore I thought I would write a review on them.
Guylian are sea shell shaped chocolates which have a praline filling. They are described as Finest Belgian chocolate seashells.
Guylian are packaged in a very nice way. The size box I got as a gift was 250g. It contained 22 of the sea shell chocolates ( it has lost a few already, in the name of research!) The shells are packaged in a very nice box which has a lift up lid. Each of the shells sit in individual compartments of a black plastic tray. The lid of the box has a see through compartment so you can see the chocolates. The box has Guylian written in gold writing. You could get away without wrapping the box as its very nice alone.
The shells are shaped into different shaped shells. There are round, flat, fan and even a cute seahorse shapes. The outer layer of the chocolates come in two sorts. A milk chocolate mixed with white chocolate and a dark chocolate mixed with white. The different colours are very pretty in the box. When you open the box there is a lovely chocolate small. The shells look very nice and glossy. The chocolates are a delight to eat. First you bite through the lovely outer case of Belgian chocolate. Then there is a lovely praline. The praline is lovely and soft and very smooth. There is a subtle hazlenut flavour. The two textures of the chocolate work very well together. The great thing about these chocolates is that they are great to share with the whole family.
They have 546 calories for 100g of the chocolates.
I have seen different sizes of these chocolates in the supermarket. Unfortunately I do not have the price as they were a gift but thay are available from supermarkets.
The original Guylian chocolate Sea Shells, with their delicious praliné filling, are an exquisite combination of refined taste and time-honoured tradition, whose famous quality is savoured by connoisseurs worldwide.