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'Tap it and unwrap it!'
Terry's Chocolate Orange
Member Name: Kat1987
Terry's Chocolate Orange
Advantages: Tastes nice, looks nice, always on offer.
Disadvantages: None that I can think of.
*This review is for the standard 175g boxed chocolate orange, not the bars pictured.
Price and Availability.
Terry's Chocolate Orange is a popular product and is widely available in supermarkets, discount stores and corner shops. I received my most recent Chocolate Orange as a gift and so I cannot comment on how much it cost but a quick search puts the price of a standard 175g Chocolate Orange at around £2.75 Although Terry's Chocolate Orange is often on offer, particularly around the festive season and at the time of writing (November 2012) there are several offers available including a price offer of £1.50 (Asda) and two for £4.00 (Tesco and Waitrose). There are a wide variety of Terry's Chocolate Orange products available, although I do remember when it was just the one! This review is for the Milk Chocolate Orange version.
This product comes in the traditional Chocolate Orange packaging. The 'Orange' is wrapped in foil designed to replicate the real fruit. It isn't wildly realistic but it aims to visually replicate the texture of an orange. The foil is easy to unwrap yet sturdy enough to store your orange in if you don't eat it all at once. I have never managed to eat a whole one in one sitting and have successfully kept my 'Orange' in the foil for well over a week, the challenge isn't keeping it fresh...it's keeping it away from other people! The foil wrapped 'Orange' comes inside a blue box with cut out apertures that look like oranges on each side, they really plug the 'orange-ness' of this product and we are informed several times that the product is made with 'real orange oil'. My particular box is blue on the outside and, you've guessed it, orange on the inside. The product I received appears to be a festive edition as it has snow like sparkles on the packaging. Terry's Chocolate Orange is a popular purchase around Christmas time and so I imagine my product is packaged differently to the standard product that is available year round. The packaging has lots of branding on the sides and the important information such as contact details, best before, ingredients, allergens and nutritional information is resigned to the back panel and the bottom. The packaging really feels aimed at the gift market and so I would recommend this product as a gift purchase, it is nicely presented.
A Terry's Chocolate Orange is a big ball of chocolate separated into segments, just like a real orange. It is about the size of a real orange and each product contains 20 segments. In order to separate the segments 'Terry's' previously advised you to 'tap it and unwrap it', meaning you give it a short, sharp tap to loosen the segments. I did this with mine and it worked a treat (though the dog was asleep at the side of the coffee table and I scared him awake so tap with caution!). Each individual segment features the 'Terry's' logo and a pattern that reflects segments on one side and the other side is left blank. The outer of the segments have a speckled pattern representing the texture of an orange. They really have put the work into the visual aspects of the product...so what about the taste?
The taste is undeniably chocolate orange. You get the creaminess of milk chocolate combined with a gentle hint of the citrus. The orange isn't overly sharp, it blends into the creaminess rather than challenging it. I have tried many chocolate orange flavoured products and the taste of this product is unique, there is definitely a distinct 'Terry's' taste. The chocolate is a nice quality and is melt in the mouth yummy, it has a powdery texture when it melts and it is very satisfying, I find three segments at most is enough to satisfy a chocolate craving and I have a very sweet tooth. Based on this I find that a Chocolate Orange lasts me about a week, just dipping in and out and having a few pieces every now and then.
In conclusion, this product makes a great gift to give to others and a great treat for yourself. It tastes yummy, looks nice and is a decent size. Plus, it's a bit different to a box of chocolates or a tin of biscuits. It also has a nice element of nostalgia to it and for many people will bring back memories and remind them of Christmas time.
Summary: An orange that is not one of your five a day!