Product Type: Marks & Spencer Chocolate
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Marks and Spencer Operetta
Member Name: clairestevens
Marks and Spencer Operetta
My husband bought me some of Marks and Spencer's Operetta chocolates for Christmas and I've just finished them. I didn't start them at Christmas - I haven't got that much restraint - I only started the box a couple of days ago. They were part of a 'three boxes for £5' offer that M&S were doing for Christmas, but they are available all year round.
If you haven't heard of Operettas before, they're pretty much like Ferrero Rochers, but without the cheesy advert. You have a whole hazelnut layered with a rich praline cream (Nutella to you and me) and a crispy wafer, coated in milk chocolate and chopped hazelnuts and drizzled with white chocolate.
The best way to eat them (I found, after much practise) is to shove the whole thing in at once, let it melt a bit and start scraping off the chocolate and hazelnuts with your back teeth. The wafer then melts and the Nutella starts oozing out. Yum!
M&S chocolate is all made by Thornton's (according to my source who used to work at Thornton's) so it's of a pretty high standard. The milk chocolate contains a minimum of 40% cocoa solids and minimum 18% milk solids. It's pretty smooth (apart from the hazelnut pieces) and doesn't have that funny grainy texture or oily feel that cheap chocolate has. It probably wouldn't pass for a connoisseur's chocolate, but it works for me.
Like I said, these chocolates are virtually identical to Ferrero Rochers and in a blind taste test the only way I'd be able to tell them apart is by the fact that Operettas have more hazelnut pieces in the chocolate coating.
The chocolates come packaged in a rectangular box with the logo and a picture of the chocolates on the lid. There's also a picture of some hazelnuts, presumably to make the chocolates appear healthier than they actually are. M&S have started doing a cool thing with their packaging by printing on the outside what exactly the packaging is and how you should recycle it. Inside you have two (non recyclable) trays, each containing eight chocolates and sealed in silver film.
You get 16 chocolates to a 200g box and at £2.50 a box it's just about the right price to slip in with the rest of your shopping as a treat.
The nutrition information is printed on the packaging and is, predictably, pretty scary reading. Each Operetta contains 70 calories and 4.6 grams of fat. Yikes, I've just eaten three. On the plus side, each one also contains 0.5 grams of fibre and 1.1 grams of protein, but trying to use this to justify binging on chocolate would be very sad, so I won't even go there.
In case you're interested, the ingredients are as follows:
Hazelnuts, sugar, vegetable fat, wheatflour, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, dried whole milk, dried skimmed milk, fat reduced cocoa powder, lactose, emulsifier: soya lecithin E476, dried free range egg, caramelised sugar syrup, salt, raising agent: sodium bicarbonate, flavouring.
In summary, these are ace chocolates and perfect as a treat at Chirstmas, Easter, birthdays, Tuesdays......
Summary: Similar to Ferrero Rocher and very tasty too!