Product Type: Thorntons Chocolate
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Thornton's Classics: 28 chocolates / 12 edible
Thorntons Classic Collection
Member Name: Yzmarocks
Thorntons Classic Collection
Advantages: Some delectable chocolates including the Strawberry Velvet
Disadvantages: About half are not of the quality I would expect from Thorntons
After reading these other review on this product, I would just like to chip in my slightly contrasting opinion. This is my opinion on the Thornton's Classics Milk, Dark and White Chocolate, 335g. Thornton's chocolates are generally fantastic, really rich and creamy and made with the finest ingredients. However, when a family member received these as a gift, we were all left a bit disappointed.
Housed in a cream and bronze box, these 'Classics' look just that. There is a real air of expense and quality to this box, the colours working together well. The box is a stout cuboid (a wide, square face that is about five centimetres high) and embossed patterns on the cream lid. The writing, on the lighter sections, is a gold colour and cream on the bronze underside. All around the edge are the words "Thornton's Classics" and "Milk, Dark & White Chocolate Assortment".
When you turn the box over (careful if there are still chocolates inside!) is a brief description of each chocolate and the nutritional information.
When you open the box, the smell really starts to get you in the mood for chocolate - a smooth, chocolaty aroma. The classics are laid out in the usual trays and there are fourteen spaces - therefore twenty eight chocolates.
'Luxurious smooth chocolate encloses a soft, luscious, zingy lemon centre'
This chocolate is presented in gold foil and the inside is certainly cirtus-y. I would be tempted to describe it more as smooth and sharp - perfect for anybody who is partial to lemon.
'A cloak of chocolate draped around an enticingly smooth hazelnut praline'
A very nutty praline goes really well with the sweet white chocolate - though it can be a little too sweet. The little bits of nut add a different texture which is pleasant.
'A velvet coat of white chocolate draped over tender coconut sprinkled with nuggets of sweet chocolate'
Not being a lover of coconut myself, this wasn't particularly up my street. However, my mother, who does like chocolate, said that "it was very strong flavour which might have gone better with a less sweet chocolate, such as a dark variety. The coconut pieces weren't too appetising".
'Soothingly smooth chocolate conceals an extravagantly rich chocolaty soft centre'
Very rich and not too dreamy. A very chocolaty chocolate, tastes good quality but doesn't go much more than that. Nice, but I won't be raving about it to my friends.
'Temptingly creamy fudge made with butter and milk and lavishly covered in chocolate'
Being a huge lover of fudge, I immediately jumped for this one. However, I just felt slightly disappointed - the fudge was nice, as was the chocolate but the textures together just were a little too soft and not luxurious enough for me.
'An ingot of Thornton's finest chocolate enticingly laced with delicious crunchy cronquant pieces'
Essentially a fancy name for a rectangle of milk chocolate with little bits of crunch in them. It is a nice chocolate, but nothing special.
'Deliciously chewy chocolate smothered caramel'
One of the nicer chocolate, this caramel does stand out as being a very good consistency - thick and chewy. At first the chocolate can be a little hard and can mask the caramel, but after a few seconds the taste really becomes apparant.
'A velvety soft centre infused with the flavour of summer strawberries'
This is truely one of my favourite chocolates of all time, and is a gem to find in this increasingly average box of chocolates. The strawberry centre is gorgeously thick and very, very fruity. Mixed with the milk chocolate (which is just at the right thickness), it is incredible.
'Fine almond marzipan sumptuously wrapped in rich dark chocolate'
This was sweet to the point of being sickly. I would only recommend this to marzipan lovers as it really does overpower the rest of the chocolate. However, the almond does add quite an attractive and different texture to this chocolate.
'Chopped hazelnuts encased within the finest nougat'
Not being the most keen on nougat in my family, it was again passed onto my mother and this is her verdict. "The nougat wasn't the most promenant flavour - the dark chocolate and the nuts overpowered it. Not my favourite".
'Delicately fragrant rose flavoured Turkish Delight drenched in rich chocolate'
I would strongly question the use of 'delicately flavoured' in that description. The Turkish Delight was anything but as it was far too perfumed. Unfortunately, Thorntons decided to place an extra Turkish Delight in each tray (there are 14 spaces and only thirteen chocolates). The dark chocolate was the only pleasing element.
'A splendid double cream soft centre laced with aromatic roasted coffee'
Fortunately, this was one of the better chocolates in the mix. The dark chocolate on the outside worked really well with the strong - but not dominating - coffee cream centre. This is a very good example of when using really fine, quality ingredients makes the end product that little bit more delicious.
Layered Chocolate Classic:
'Three tempting layers of meltingly smooth milk, white and dark chocolate'
Thorntons keeping it simple here, letting their top notch chocolate just speak for itself. They really melt in your mouth and a real showcase of brilliant chocolate. We fought for this when it came to the second layer!
This twenty eight piece box can be bought from Thorntons for £6.50. However, if you shop around then you can knock about a pound off that. This works out at around 23p per chocolate which isn't extortionate. However, I certainly won't be buying them for myself again.
Typical values per chocolate:
Energy 247 kJ/59kcal
of which sugars 7.4g
of which saturates 1.9g
Some or All of these chocolates contain: Milk, Nuts, Soya, Eggs, Gluten, Wheat
These are suitable for vegtarians and there is no added alcohol
In conclusion, I would not recommend these chocolates. Not only did we find that the least appetizing chocolate featured twice more than the others (I hope, but I do suspect, that this isn't the case for every box), but we only found that about 50% of them were worth the 23p. These are nice for a gift for a chocolate lover, but I wouldn't buy them for myself. Will be buying single packets of one kind of chocolate next time. If you are unsure whether you would like the chocolates (as I fully respect that my tastes, and that of my family's, are not the same as everyone else's) then either:
- Wait until they are on offer or
- Buy a single one off the counter selection
Summary: A nice box of chocolates, could be better selected
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