This is a review of Guylian La Trufflina chocolates, which I was pleased to try for the first time when I received a box of these (90g) for my birthday. The Guylian seashells are one of my favourite chocolates so I was fairly confident I would like these too. I can be a bit fussy about chocolate though so it's not always a given that I will like it.
I was rather impressed by the packaging of these chocs. After removing a layer of cellophane, The box opened like a book on the side and inside it was also sealed with a plastic layer. Once this peeled back, 8 round truffles sat looking at me from their paper cases.
Proof is in the eating
I first tried a white chocolate one which tasted nice with a soft buttery centre. Then I noticed all the decoration shavings were sat in the bottom of the paper case. I was eating them in the dark but this seemed to be the case for the second chocolate too. I began to wonder if this was why they have the seal inside the box, not to keep them fresh as I first thought but to keep the bits from going all over.
After a few...
I gave up after eating three chocolates which is virtually heard of when eating chocolates alone in the dark. I had had enough and felt slightly sick. That's not to say I wouldn't have another go at eating the rest another day but I would be tempted to offer them to my other half who is a bit of a human dustbin. I normally say that the Guylian seashells are too good for him as he doesn't seem to taste chocolate as he eats it he is normally prepping the next one for consumption. I know he will eat these no question about it and his queasy threshold is a lot higher than mine when it comes to eating sweets and chocolates.
I like the variety of these, with milk, dark and white truffles there is something to please most but they tasted a bit weird and cheap and not at all like the seashells I am used to. The truffle didn't melt in the mouth but took some chewing. I also thought it strange how the decorative bits ended up underneath the chocolate in its case.
I would expect to pay around £3 for a 90g box but they may be hard to find. I have seen them for £3.95 on Amazon but you have to pay postage too. I suspect these were bought from TK Maxx as the rest of the present was from there!
I wouldn't seek out these chocolates in the future, they just didn't seem to be up to the usual Guylian standard. I am quite relieved I only had a small box as I would have definitely been over faced with a larger box.
A good 10 years of my life have been shaped by an unrelenting love for Guylian Seashells. Theres just nothing like them. Or so I believed. But then I saw the other products the company market in the UK, and I began to wonder if I was ultimately missing out as a result of not being willing to try them for a change. Currently the range includes sugar free chocolate bars, seashell-inspired chocolate bars, Opus and La Perlina ranges (mixed chocolate boxes not lingerie as the names might suggest) and a truffle variety pack jazzed up with a European sounding name: La Trufflina.
The truffles are now widely available in UK supermarkets and food halls and come in varying pack sizes for varying appetites / moods:100g when youre feeling a bit too hungry to settle for one normal chocolate bar, 200g for when you need to give a gift to someone but dont want to spend too much, 400g when youre buying for a larger family, or for your own and want to make sure some are still left for you after the vultures have tucked in, and the 800g for those days when youre in the mood for chocolate for breakfast, chocolate for lunch, chocolate for tea and the odd chocolaty snack mid morning and late afternoon. Yes, as far as choice goes, La Trufflina does well. But only silly people would choose chocolates based on how many come in a box as apposed to, oh, say, how they taste, so we must also consider this
Some (strange) people dislike Guylians signature product because, they like to moan, theyre all identical. No variety. Boring. Everyone the same as the last. The truffles are not entirely like this, without being entirely unlike this. Whatever sized the box it comes with 3 different chocs inside. Thus a varied selection. Sort of. You see the chocolates may look different (flakes of white, milk or dark chocolate adorn each one) but underneath, as with the seashells, theyre all the same filled with a milk chocolate truffle. So those that may look white and dark truffles arent theyre milk truffles rolled in a few dusty bits of a different coloured chocolate.
Truffles come in all different types, and I like most of them, it has to be said. Hard truffles, soft truffles, flavoured truffles, plain truffles theyre all good. Sadly, Guylians attempt at this style of chocolate is not. Its a mixture of several mildly disappointing features that combine to give an overall majorly disappointing end product. Firstly the interiors are hard and almost chewy at times not so much melt in your mouth as sit in your mouth for half an hour refusing to slope off on their own and requiring significant jaw movement on your part. Secondly, the coatings are sparse even with the truffles that dont have a milk chocolate coating you can see that underneath the shavings the chocolate has such a core. Its like a crocheted or badly knitted cover full of holes that allow you to see through. And, the coatings, already thin on the ground, have a tendency to float off into the bottom of the boxes plastic insert, forcing you to do the old licked thumb probe to savour them. I like truffles that are so over-adorned they leave a chocolaty trail wherever they go, but these do so at the expense of the main truffle bit which is then left semi-naked as a result.
The taste of the truffles is quite dry and dusty. They taste cheap (though theyre not especially even the smallest box is a couple of pounds) and send you running for a drink after more than a couple.
The chocolates have some good points even though the taste is not one of them. Theyre nicely presented in little white paper cases (or dainty pleated collar to use their preferred description of it) which make them easy to put on a plate and serve to people without them thinking youve been fingering them with your grubby mitts. The packaging is splashed with the Guylian name, and looks higher quality than Tescos own (though these probably taste nicer).
Dust? Anybody? No?
I wouldnt recommend these truffles. The only reason I bought them was for the Guylian name, but they didnt live up to what I was expecting. They taste so poor that nothing else the presentation, or the price or whatever can really make it worth your while buying them.
I've a dream. Every night I dream to eating a table of this sqisitable chocolate. I like it very much because here in my little country it is not easy to find. I'm going to go to the supermarket tomorrow to buy it. If yuo try this prouduct you must go to the "cesso" for its special proprietes. I tell you "buy it now it's fantastic". This prodouct is the better in all over the world try and guy!!!!!! If you want you can eat it in your after dinner
Nope! Not because you will be drooling everywhere (you'd not want to waste any). Because these little beauties leave traces everywhere! These must be the most delicious chocolates I've ever tried (and believe me I have tried a few). They do not last long when you pop them in your mouth as they start to melt immediately. They are a type of Belgian chocolate, yummy but you wouldn't want to eat the box in one sitting. You have a variety of 3 types of outer chocolate, white, plain and milk. So if you have a dislike for one of these then I wouldn't bother buying them unless you're sharing with someone :( . The inner chocolate is very, very, soft and creamy. In fact I'd say bordering on the 'sickly' stage and a bit like something that has been left out in the sun and is starting to melt. Sounds a bit disgusting when you put it like that but believe me the're not. The outer covering that I mentioned is made up of 'flakes' of chocolate that look like they have been freshly grated. Now for the hoover bit. Each choc is displayed in a little individual paper case (a bit like the ones you used to make 'Fairy Cakes' in as a kid but a lot smaller - unfortunatly). You need these to collect the flakes as you will no doubt lose a percentage of them when you take your first bite! Hence the need for the hoover! But the best bit is gathering all of these bits up when you have emptied the box and pouring the paper case full slowly into your mouth. Mmmmmmmm!!!!!!! Memories. I say memories because I normally only receive these on special occasions. You wouldn't want them every week/month or so it would be too much. Now, I don't know how much these are exactly as I have always been given them by other people but, I think they are about £3.00 ish a box (you get about 24 in a box). <
br>The only place I have seen them for sale is Woolworths which is great because I think most people have access to one of their stores. If you aren't sure, pick up a box for Christmas, I'm sure your Christmas visitors will thank you for them.
La Trufflina selection of white, milk and dark chocolate reflects the changeable nature of its inspiration. The creamy truffle filling is seductively enrobed in chocolate, covered with delicious flakes of finest chocolate, and nestles in a dainty pleated collar. Available in 3 versions: white, milk and very dark (plain) chocolate.