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First tried them in 2012. These are the first box of chocolates where I have liked every chocolate in the box. They are quite expensive so I tend to get them when they are on offer. The recently new update of the chocolates they hav taken a few chocolates out therefore paying the same price for less chocolates.
I received this Dairy Box by Nestle as a present recently. I looked it up just now on Tesco.co.uk and it costs £7.50 for the 400g box which is enormous!
If you are allergic to nuts, put this back on the shelf immediately, about 75% of the chocolate flavours contain almonds or hazelnuts in different forms and shapes. A lot of the chocolates taste very similar despite being named differently and being in different molded shapes. There are ten different flavours although each tray is an exact copy of the other.
The chocolate is very smooth tasting, rich and creamy. I still prefer cadburys as they do more caramel assorted flavours and these chocolates are a bit dry in comparison.
There are two layers in this, and it states that the chocolates are free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives. Although they are still not good for you as the sugar content is high! Each three sweets contains a whopping 154 calories! They are also high in fat so eat in moderation or better share! My favourite is the hazelnut duo which is hazelnut praline with chopped hazelnuts and milk chocolate.
If you love chocolate and have no allergies then this makes a great gift but I think there are better variety boxes that cater for everyone's taste. This is definitely an indulgence box for two to share!
I received a box of these for Christmas and hadn't had then in years, my mouth watered at the thought of the Turkish delights and the nutty chocolates so thought I would save them until New Years day.Christmas was filled with chocolate you see, Hotel Chocolat, Roses, and Celebrations, but nothing could come close to how I remembered Dairy Box, these were the favourites of my nan, she would always let us have the first choice from the box and mine were always the Turkish delights or nut clusters.Imagine my disappointment when I opened the box and looked at a display of what can only be described as 'continental' style chocolate, not being a favourite of mine I thought, lets taste one...Nasty gooey, praliney nondescript chocolate, if you can call it chocolate, absolutely awful and cheap tasting.I will NEVER buy these again.
I love Dairy Box.
I first had them quite a long time ago and then a couple of years ago I received some from my sister and now I am totally addicted to them. They are the best boxed chocolates for me because I like every single one of the chocolates. I love chocolate but find that most of the time when I have a box of chocolates that I don't like a few of them if they have coffees or toffees in but Dairy Box is just the perfect collection.
They are normally quite expensive as I have paid about £3.49 for a small box in the past but I have just bought a big box on offer for only £3 so I was very pleased as they taste amazing. They are made by Nestle and I am generally a cadbury's girl but the chocolate on these is so creamy and smooth that I don't notice they are not cadbury's. I really like how they are presented as they are in a traditional box where they are laid out flat in the mould and you can pick which one you want from the pictures and it makes me feel like they are a proper indulgent treat.
The centres of them are so nice including hazelnut, praline, orange, strawberry, caramel and many more but if you like coffee flavour chocolates then these are not for you.
I would definately recommend Dairy Box as it is full of great tasting chocolates for coffee haters like me.
RUBBISH! what a load of tosh. ALL THE CHOCOLATES ARE IDENTICAL! Nestle really are taking the mick with this one. I've come across bad boxes of chocs before...but at least you could distinguish one chocolate from another...but not with Dairy Box! The chocolate is so weak you might as well just pour sugar and cream in your mouth. IN THE BIN IT GOES....
I was given this box as a Christmas present and was so chocolated-out at Christmas I put them in the cupboard and forgot about them. Well about two weeks ago I was desperate for some chocolate and in my mad hunt of the kitchen found this box and pounced on it.
The chocolate did not disappoint, but the insides weren't quite what I was expecting, and after munching my way through the box, entirely in the interests of good research of course, I think I have decided I like them.
The design on my box is slightly different from the one about. It is still cream , but there is no pictures of chocolates and the font of 'DairyBox' is slightly more jazzy, more of a posh script. It's placed inside a purple rectangle.
When you open the box you discover 2 layers of 22 chocolates. This is the 400g box, and each layer is in a lovely gold plastic tray. There are 10 different types of chocolate:
whole almond delight
chocolate almond mousse
double hazelnut delight
rich chocolate truffle
I very rarely look at the bit of paper that tells you what each chocolate is before choosing and I didn't do it once with this box of chocolates. I prefer to just each, discovering what I like and then saving the best ones till last when I get down to the next layer. My first impressions on eating these chocolates was that there was very little variety. All the insides are of the same consistency, with the exception of the caramel, they are all that smooth type of truffle chocolate with the odd bit of crunch nut mixed in. There also seemed to be an awful lot that were nut based and in some cases it was hard to tell the difference between one type of chocolate and another. Having said that, these are the type of chocolate I like (although less nut would have been better), so after a while this ceased to bother me.
The chocolates are of a fair size and the quality of the chocolate surrounding each filling was very good indeed. Several of the chocolates were unusal in design and some mixed the milk chocolate with dark or white chocolate successfully. I liked this and I also liked that there was no hard toffee chocolates as these are the ones I always leave in other boxes. I am afraid that I cannot comment on value for money as I have no idea what they retail at.
Overall I was pleased with my experience of Dairy Box. I probably would not choose to buy them for myself but if I got another box as a present I would not be disappointed.
My wife & I decided to treat ourselves to a box of chocolates on Valentine's day to go with our Chinese Takeaway. These were on offer in Tesco half price at £1.68 for a box of one tray. Knowing that they were predominantly milk chocolates even though my wife had never tried them & I hadn't had them for years, we gave them a go.
The box contains a selection of hard & soft (although not runny) centered chocolates. Some of them have a nut centre. They're are a couple which have a fruit centre & there are others like the chocolate truffle which my wife said was the nicest chocolate that she has ever had from a box of chocolates.
I thought these were very good. There is a nice selection (although for me one nut based chocolate too many). All the chocolates tasted very good. The actual chocolate itself had a nice flavour & wasn't too sweet. The centres of the choccies were also tasty too & had something for everybody. Well done for not having a coffee chocolate too 'cause I hate them. If I could change them at all, I would add a new, or make one of the existing fruit chocolates, with a soft runny centre. I did feel that this was missing. I'd probably take out the whole almond one & replace it the the runny fruit. Although some people don't like runny cremes.
These are a nice box of chocolates & I would have no problem recommending them or buying them again. For me they are not far of perfect. With a thing like this though you have to try & please everyone. So you can't make them perfect for one person or they wouldn't be good for anyone else. In most boxs of chocolates, there's usually something that gets left over that not many people like. We didn't leave anything in this box. Perhaps that's the biggest praise I can give.
Nestle Dairy Box
Well I am afraid, like most women, I am very partial to a nice chunk of chocolate so when my hubby was given a box as part of his Xmas box by one of the grandchildren I really couldn't wait to help him eat them.
The chocolates come in a cream box about an inch and a half high by about 10" square. There are some coloured stripes going from top to bottom and a purple oblong with 'Nestle Dairy Box' written across it. Down the sides of the box is written, :-
"We're passionate about bringing you the finest selection of smooth milk chocolates. That's why we've made sure that Dairy Box is filled full of all your favourites: Nuts, Truffle, Pralines, Caramels and Creams, you'll fine them all in here"
Then on the base of the box we are given the nutritional value, the ingredients and a little picture and brief description of all the chocolates contained within. The chocolates being:-
Whole Almond Delight - A crunchy whole almond smothered in Praline and covered in milk chocolate.
Caramel Creme - Indulgent creamy caramel awaits beneath a thick chocolate shell.
Almond Crunch - Creamy mousse with a sprinkling of caramelised almond pieces.
Orange Sensation - A smooth orange truffle packed with tangy orange peel pieces and crunchy cereal pieces.
Chocolate Almond Mousse - Rich creamy chocolate mousse flavoured with a hint of almond.
Raspberry Parfait - A meltingly smooth raspberry creme drenched in creamy milk chocolate.
Chocolate Dream - Soft melting chocolate truffle enveloped in creamy chocolate.
Perfect Praline - Smooth praline studded with caramelised chopped almonds, wrapped in milk chocolate.
Double Hazelnut Delight - Hazelnut praline studded with chopped roasted hazelnut dipped in creamy milk chocolate.
Rich Chocolate Truffle - Delicious chocolate truffle with crispy wafer pieces, drenched in creamy milk chocolate with a white chocolate topping.
Inside the box there is a gold plastic tray containing the chocolates and a little leaflet explaining all the chocolates and showing which is which. The chocolates at first glance look really lovely and very unlike any I have seen in the past they seem to have a very contemporary look to them and hubby and I were very keen to try one.
Anyway I love all chocolates so I didn't have to sit there and decide which one I was going to indulge in first I just dived right in and took the first one to hit my fingers and popped it into my mouth. Well all I can say to you is ..... GOO !! It was so gooey that it just stuck to the roof of my mouth. Being disappointed with that one I chose more carefully for the second one ........ GOO again, this one was supposed to be a Raspberry Parfait, in my humble opinion a fruit creme chocolate is supposed to have a nice tasty creme in the centre and a separate layer of chocolate on the outside so you can actually taste the difference between the two. I then tried the Double Hazelnut Delight thinking that they really can't go wrong with a nut one, after all it will at least have a hazelnut in, but no...... i got GOO ! At this point I gave up and left the rest to hubby who didn't like them either so this morning they ended up in the bin. All the chocolates no matter what flavour just stuck to the roof of my mouth and I was sucking my teeth for half and hour after,.......... they were awful. The chocolate itself was so creamy that it didn't taste remotely like chocolate!
Opinion :- Well I guess you can imagine my opinion, they may well be liked by some people but, they were just a downright disappointment to me and my hubby. As they were a gift I cannot comment on the cost but I certainly would never buy them myself as a gift for anyone else. If this is contemporary please take me back to the traditional !!
I was lucky enough to win a Nestle Dairy Box in a raffle at work the other day. I never would have bought one for myself so soon after Christmas but felt it made an absolutely lovely little present.
The box included two layers of chocolates, all of them milk chocolate although some had little decorations of white and dark chocolate on them to make them look more interesting. The chocolates were nestled in a gold tray and each layer was separated by some pretty purple crinkly paper. In all the display of the chocolates was very appealing and made them look like a luxury item rather than a supermarket brand of chocolates.
I shared the chocolates with my colleagues and many of them were complaining that the flavours had changed and that their favourites were gone. As this was my first Dairy Box I didn't have to worry about such issues and just took the selection they had at face value. I enjoyed each of the chocolates and there wasn't a single one that I wouldn't want to have more of, to be honest!
The main thing about these chocolates was the fact that the milk chocolate coating on all of them was lovely and thick. It was also a bit tastier than regular Nestle milk chocolate like you find in Nestle Crunch bars and made me think the quality was quite good.
The chocolates I liked the best were all of the nut ones. There is a square one with a nougat-like filling and crunchy honey covered almond bits that was particularly scrumptious. There were also several that were described as containing "mousse" but I found the filling was much more solid than mousse and more like just solid milk chocolate. It was tasty though.
The only one I wasn't crazy about was the chocolate orange one because I felt the orange flavour was too subtle. Also the ones that claimed to contain whole almonds and whole hazelnuts really only contained chunks of these nuts but they weren't quite whole. A small detail overall that didn't really affect the taste of the product.
Online I found out that for 4 chocolates you are getting 199 calories which is really quite a lot, but what do you expect with chocolate? A 400 gram box costs £4.98 which is a reasonable deal for these chocolates.
For those that are wondering whether their old favourites are still present, here is a list of what's in the new box with a description of each. You can also see the chocolates inside if you look at the back of the box, and there is a card inside the box as well that you can read while eating:
Whole Almond Delight
A crunchy whole almond smothered in praline and covered in milk chocolate
Indulgent creamy caramel awaits beneath a thick chocolate shell.
Creamy mousse with a sprinkling of caramelised almond pieces.
A smooth orange truffle packed with tangy orange peel pieces.
Soft melting chocolate truffle enveloped in creamy chocolate.
Smooth praline studded with caramelised chopped almonds, wrapped in milk chocolate.
Chocolate Almond Mousse
Rich creamy chocolate mousse flavoured with a hint of almond.
A meltingly smooth raspberry creme drenched in creamy milk chocolate.
Double Hazelnut Delight
Hazelnut praline studded with chopped roasted hazelnuts, dipped in creamy milk chocolate.
Rich Chocolate Truffle
A delicious brandy flavour chocolate truffle drenched in creamy milk chocolate.
Chocolates - love them or hate them there are lots about at Christmas time and having nearly finished my first box I thought I'd write a review.
Nestlé is a well known company but not always approved of, but I am reviewing the product not the company. Dairy Box has been available for a great many years as I remember them as a child, but the contents have changed to keep up to date. I never used to like the creams or Turkish delight!
The box itself is very classy in cream with a burgundy label featuring the words Dairy box and in smaller letters "Deliciously Indulgent milk chocolates". There are a few slightly raised fine coloured lines almost like fine elastic bands or strings on one side of the box. Two sides of the box are in burgundy with large capital letters stating "We're passionate about bringing you the finest selection of smooth milk chocolates, and that's why we have made sure that DAIRY BOX is filled full of all your favourites: nuts, truffles. Pralines, caramels and creams, you'll find them all I here".
Well they are wrong on one point - creams are not amongst my favourites! But I still opened the box and found the chocolates looking very nicely presented but far less than I imagined as they are carefully packed in a gold plastic tray, spacing them out for good display, but meaning there are far less in the box than I expected! There is a layer of burgundy/brown corrugated paper packing and a small leaflet with the names of all the chocolates. The smell of rich chocolate reaches out to tempt you as you open the lid, and it still happens a week later as I lift the lid.
Whole Almond Delight - a crunchy whole almond smothered in praline and covered in milk chocolate with a swirly top, delicious to eat as I love almonds and praline and the chocolate is delicious too.
Caramel Cream - half a circle standing so it is dome shaped with a small band of white chocolate on top, it is thick chocolate with soft caramel inside. One of my favourites!
Almond Crunch - a square of creamy mousse with a sprinkling of caramelised almond pieces, not my favourite but still very good to eat.
Orange Sensation - not quite square as it has a curvy side and pretty dark chocolate shape on top. This one I have not tried - but I am told it is orange truffle with tangy orange peel and crispy cereal pieces. My husband eats all the ones I don't like! He says it is OK!
Chocolate Dream - similar shape to the orange sensation but with a white chocolate top, it has a soft chocolate truffle filling and is very easy to eat!
Chocolate Almond Mousse - an almond flavoured chocolate mousse, quite rich and delicious.
Raspberry parfait - another I haven't tried as I don't like creams! This is a raspberry cream in other words.
Perfect Praline - is a heart shaped chocolate of smooth praline with chopped caramelised almonds, and is another favourite of mine.
Double Hazelnut Delight - looks like a cluster of 3 hazelnuts picked from the hedgerow. The hazelnut praline with larger pieces of hazelnut are coated in chocolate. It gives a good crunch for all nut lovers.
Rich Chocolate Truffle - a lovely truffle with crispy wafer pieces in a chocolate shell shaped in a sweet case with a layer of white chocolate, although I'm not a real lover of white chocolate this is a gorgeous chocolate and sadly is now finished!
On the back of the list of chocolates it advises storing in a cool dry place, as in a warm room a whitish bloom can develop. I have had chocolates which are really white and although harmless it doesn't look nice, so these have been eaten quickly to prevent discolouration!
I managed to look underneath the box and have discovered that per 4 sweets there are 199 cals! (11.9 grams of fat) I have been fairly good but realise that I have consumed quite a few extra calories, thank goodness I didn't eat them all and shared and did have a few long walks in the snow so hopefully burned off some calories!
The box contains 400grams and has two layers of 22 chocolates. Apart from the creams which I do not like and have always disliked in any brand of chocolates, the rest are lovely and although tend to be quite nutty they suit my choice very well. A box I really enjoyed and hope I get some more given to me soon!
Although I didn't buy these I have discovered them in Asda for £4.98, Tesco and Sainsbury have a slightly bigger box (420gr) for £5.15. Just over 11 pence per sweet makes them quite expensive so won't be buying them for myself too often!
I received this as a gift and whilst most times I put boxes of chocolate on the "to pass on and give away" shelf, I decided to give this a try! Why? Because it was Nestle (creators of Maltesers and Rolo). I've tried Cadbury's and they are disgusting, and never tried Nestle Dairy Box, so I tried it to compare, and it isn't bad.
The box has a simplistic design, the top is very crisp and clean, minimalistic with the name of the box written in large font. On the back is the description of each chocolate... I HATE it when boxes of chocolate do that. How are customers meant to choose which one they want to eat when it's on the bottom!?? This leaves consumers lifting it high and peering underneath, a phenomenon that happens way too often, and unnecessarily.
As you open the box there is a piece of paper cushiony thing, so surely they could've printing it AGAIN on there for ease of use?? *sigh* I guess they have to make our lives more difficult.
~~~VARIETY, APPEARANCE, TASTE AND TEXTURE~~~
The names are not genius, and rather obvious, but never the less, atleast they tried with some sort of alliteration and word play, but really UNIMAGINATIVE.
+Whole Almond Delight
I like the swirl pattern on this, well I think I like the swirl pattern overall on chocolates, but this is not a bad shape, although the whole almond does NOT taste of premium quality, like they just shoved some cheap Tesco own brand almond in there! NOT good... the chocolate is not bad, just the nut ruins it.
The shape is hideous, whats on top is hideous, no idea what it even meant to look like! It tastes ok, but not sure about the caramel... It is acceptable, just not the best one in the box.
I love this one, (the taste I mean) because it doesn't look very appealing, just a boring square chocolate, but do not be deceived this is delicious! One of the best in the box.
No originality here in the appearance either. I guess they ran out of designs and just had to put NESTLE on it!! 0/10 for originality, and not very high for taste either.
+Chocolate Almond Mousse
This is the most abundant one in the box, so you would assume it to be slightly "bad" tasting, and it actually ISN'T! It could be one of the best. It is a nice smooth mousse chocolate with a hint of almond. I like this.
Another boring looking one you wouldn't pick up based on looks. It is an acceptable fruity one, but again, NOT the best, only just passes the mark.
Another boring design. Seriously, hire someone who makes chocolate LOOK appealing! I didn't get to eat this one, although I'm told its not bad!
I also love heart shaped chocolates so this one was my FIRST pick, and it set quite a high standard, as it is a nice praline one. It isn't the best praline I've had, but makes this another very good one, comparatively.
+Double Hazelnut Delight
This is perhaps the most elegantly designed chocolate, and the most tasty one. The description reads "Hazelnut praline studded with chopped roasted hazelnuts and dipped into creamy milk chocolate". Praline, Tick. Hazelnut, Tick. This has all the elements that I love in a chocolate, and it works amazingly well. Shame there isn't more of this in the box, because it's the BEST ONE.
+Rich Chocolate Truffle
Boring, Boring, Boring. How many times have I said boring in this review?? The chocolate isn't bad, but it's just ugly and unappealing to look at. Seriously I would NOT pick this up, but again, looks are deceiving and it doesn't taste as bad as it looks.
As I received this as a gift, I wouldn't know exactly how much this costs, but I'm guessing around £5, that's usually how much boxes of chocolate are worth.
I love chocolate, and glad I gave this a go. Most of the chocolates are edible, unlike other chocolate compilations, where there are always one or two you just DON'T like. With this, I could happily eat them all, some slightly more than others, but the box would be depleted very soon after opening.
Sure, this is a strong dairy box, but it does NOT compare to what is available on the market. For not much more, you can get the Lindor Chocalatier's Box, which contains an ARRAY of beautifully crafted, elegantly tasting chocolates. These are my absolute favourites and nothing has yet topped this as a box of chocs!
The reason for Nestle's downfall with this is the lack of care in design. If they made all the chocolates LOOK appealing, perhaps we would think they TASTE appealing as well. By all means they don't taste BAD, just not as good as can be.
There are a few in there that I DO really like: Double Hazelnut Delight, Perfect Praline and Chocolate Almond Mousse; and if any of your friends shares a box, go for those FIRST.
I see loads of BAD reviews here on Dooyoo, and I don't think it's THAT BAD, but I would personally recommend that you go for LINDT instead, as they have BOTH the LOOK, AND the TASTE.
We host foreign language students who are in the UK on summer school trips, and invariably when they leave to go home, we get a small "thank you" gift from them. Over the years this has ranged from teapots (I kid you not, and we are not even big tea drinkers!) to the ease of giving a box of chocolates.
Our latest student went home yesterday and presented me with a box of Dairy Box chocolates, which we ate last night.
Diary Box have been around since before the second world war, and so of course, for much of the first two decades of their existence, there was food rationing, with sweets and chocolates being a real luxury for everyday folk.
In the last twenty years, or so, however, there has been more and more competition in the "gift chocolates" market, with a huge choice now available on the supermarket shelves, not to mention the High Street chocolate shops such as Thorntons and Hotel Chocolat, so Dairy Box really has had to up its game....
......or so you would think. From first impressions, the box has been updated. It is a little more modern and fresh than the dooyoo picture above.
Second impressions are ok too - you open the box to see 22 individual chocolates on a plastic tray, nicely laid out. The chocolates look to be a nice design, and, again, have had just that litte bit of an update.
Closer investigation shows that there are 10 different types of chocolate. Basically there is two of everything, but there are four chocolate almond mousse sweets. Presumably chocolate almond mousse is the cheapest to produce.......? So far so good, though.
Even more close investigation leads to the words "they're not very big, are they?" from one of my brood (I am being very generous here, and sharing these with the family rather than saving them to a time when I can scoff the lot myself), and he was right, these are "bite size"......in my opinion, you should be able to take a bite of each chocolate, enjoy the first bite, and look forward to the second bite. Of course, you should also be able to just eat the thing in one go, if you so choose. But this Dairy Box selection does not allow you a choice.
We pass the little card round with the description of each chocolate and make our first choice. Discussion after the box was finished indicated that we didn't really need the "menu card" as they all tasted the same.......
- Rich chocolate truffle, described as a delicious brandy flavour chocolate truffle. I think someone forgot to add the brandy flavour.
- Chocolate Almond Mousse, described as rich creamy chocolate mousse, flavoured with a hint of almond. I think someone forgot to add the almond flavour. It wasn't exactly rich either.....
- Caramel creme, described as indulgent creamy caramel awaiting beneath a thick chocolate shell......the caramel guy obviously had the day off, when they produced this batch.......
......and so the theme continued. There were a couple of nutty chocolates here, where you could taste the nuts, but there were too many "non descript" chocolates.
The overall opinion from the four of us, was that Yes they are chocolates, and we wouldn't turn them away if they were given to us again. But they were too samey, too small, and nothing like the descriptions we had been presented with.
None of us would therefore buy them in the future, either for ourselves, or as a gift for anyone else. There is so much choice available in the gift box chocolate market now, that we can easily get something affordable and truly delicious for our money.
Someone ought to tell Nestle that we are no longer living in the 1950s on rations.....50 years later, we demand a little more, and believe it or not can get it elsewhere......buck your ideas up!!
Nutritionwise - these contain nuts, wheat, gluten and egg. Four sweets contain 201 calories......what a waste of calories.
For more information visit www.nestle.co.uk
I was given a box of these chocolates for Mothers day and have been very good and treated myself to one chocolate a day, so now I feel I have tasted enough to write the review.
The box has been redesigned from the picture above. The box is cream in colour with some random stripes and a maroon square in the middle. There are 22 chocolates on each layer and they are more interestingly arranged than some boxes I have tried as they are grouped together rather than in simple rows.
These chocolates are not for those who do not like nuts. There are ten varieties in the box but 5 of them are nut based, Whole almond delight, almond crunch, Chocolate almond mousse, Double hazlenut delight, and perfect praline.
The chocolate is nice and thick on the chocolates and creamy. However I didn't find that the caramel cream contained enough caramel and the orange sensation chocolate wasn't that strong an orange taste.
These chocolates were nice but there needs to be more variation in the chocolates and the flavours need to be stronger in my opinion.There is plenty of calorie information on the base of the box but you don't need me to tell you that these chocolates are high in calories and not packed with vitamins!!!
Agree with the majority here. A sad loss of a great classic range of chocolates. Bring back nut cluster 'proper' orange cream (not the truffley gooey item in the modern version, and others. This latest incarnation puts too much emphasis on truffle/mousse. If I wanted the continental sickly type, I would go for Thorntons or Belgian assortment line!All the box bought for me for mother's day (apart from the 3 ir 4 chocolates I sampled with disbelief) has been thrown away. I have only given one star because it wouldn't let me give minus stars!!!
I received my first ever box of Dairy Box yesterday for Mother's Day and was rather pleasantly surprised. I must say it would not have been my first choice (I would tend to go either high end or these days, fairtrade - on the rare occasion I buy chocolates...for someone else usually) but was just grateful to get anything really. I do love my husband deeply, but he is typically quite rubbish and my son is just 2.
Anyway on to the chocs....
Simple, quite modern packaging - more appealing than the old version shown on dooyoo. Open the flip lid, beneath the paper lining, you'll find an assortment of 22 milk chocolates glistening up at you, looking divine! Oh and the mandatory little menu card.
I am thrilled to realise there is another layer (I really don't get chocolates much and it shows!) and as I peruse the menu I am further delighted by the absence of coffee, marzipan or any of the usual 'fillers' that typically get left in the box.
Having already polished off the first layer, (all but one slightly dodgy brandy truffle) and dived into the second, I can report that I am again pleasantly surprised! OK, its not high-end chocolate (she says, sounding very snobby!), but for your conventional milk chocolate box (which is all it professes to be) they are rather scrummy!
Lots of smooth pralines, roasted almonds and hazelnuts - yum, yum, and they have thankfully not felt the need to put anything too random in there. OK, the brandy truffle wasn't to my taste and the raspberry one was just ok, but that's pretty good going for an assortment of this type in my experience.
Overall the quality of the chocolate was good, the fillings smooth and indulgent and well, there are plenty of them, which rocks!
I should add that the 400g box is currently half price at Co-op for £2.93 (as some kind soul pointed out to me!). I think the offer finishes this week though, but definitely a bargain!
Verdict: The boy did good!
Launched in 1936 as Dairy Assortment a half lb box would cost 1shilling, that's about 5p in today's money. An early advertising slogan: "Shell love it if you bring her chocolates, Shell love you if theyre Dairy Box". All sweets are placed in the box by hand at a rate of about 80 per person per minute.