Product Type: Thorntons Chocolate
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The perfect antidote to Valentine's blues...
Thorntons Classic Collection
Member Name: herumi
Thorntons Classic Collection
Advantages: Great selection, good quality chocolates without anything artificial in them
Disadvantages: A tad overpriced, a LOT of Turkish Delight
As the chances of Mr Right rocking up in time for this year's Valentine's Day grew increasingly slim, I was feeling rather sorry for myself, so sought consolation in a huge box of these from Tesco. The one good thing about being single on Valentine's Day is that you feel justified in buying a load of cut price chocolates and pigging them all yourself, which is exactly what I did. The fact that this 621g box, big enough to fill a whole basket, was half price at just £6 went a long way towards lifting my spirits!
These chocolates are available in several different sized packages- a 106g bag, and a 350 or 700g box. The 621g box that I bought seems to have been a one off size, as I can't find it available anywhere now. This is perhaps unsurprising, given the huge size of the box- the 50 chocolates inside were arranged in a single layer, whereas the other boxes have a much more compact two layers of chocs.
The Classic Collection contains a great range of milk, white and dark chocolates, so there's something for everyone in there, and you won't get bored of the same old tastes. There are 14 different chocs to choose from, and my big box contained 3 to 5 of each. Here's the line up:
Hazelnut Nougat: sweet, soft but chewy hazelnut nougat with a dark chocolate coating. Tasty and nutty.
Coconut Dream: moist, bountyesque coconut, in white chocolate. A bit too sweet for my liking.
Layered Chocolate Classic: simply chocolate- layers of dark, milk and white on top of each other. Nothing particulary interesting, but if you like chocolate without the trimmings, you'll love this.
Hazelnut Praline: this looks the business with a white chocolate coating sprinkled with chocolate powder. The hazelnut praline inside is deliciously creamy, nutty and sweet. A personal favourite.
Creamy Fudge: good quality fudge diamond encased in milk chocolate. Great flavour and texture- I really enjoyed this one.
Country Caramel: a hard caramel square, that's very chewy, covered in milk chocolate. Pretty standard, but still tasty.
Chocolate Truffle: smooth, soft, chocolately truffle in milk chocolate. Deliciously chocolatey, without being sickly.
Honeycomb Crunch: a soft hazelnut croquant with crunchy pieces of honeycomb, surrounded by milk chocolate. Another good quality chocolate that you can actually taste the nuts in.
Almond Marzipan: rich, creamy marzipan, coated in dark chocolate, which makes a great contrast. Very tasty, and an unusual chocolate that I've not come across anywhere else.
Soft Caramel: milk chocolate encasing sweet, runny caramel. This chocolate comes wrapped in red foil. Average.
Strawberry Velvet: surprisingly nice- the sweet, super smooth (and very pink) strawberry filling actually tastes of strawberries, and it's coated in milk chocolate. Much nicer than the other strawberry chocolates I've tasted in the past.
Lemon Parfait: the second wrapped sweet, this comes in gold foil. It's a lemony truffle, with a white chocolate surround- an interesting combo, as the zesty lemon contrasts with the super sweet white chocolate. Not a personal favourite, but it tastes quite refreshing and vibrant.
Coffee Truffle: rich, thick, sweet coffee creaminess in a dark chocolate casing. Most boxes of chocs seem to have something similar, but the smoothness and flavour of this make it really special. My other favourite.
Turkish Delight: OK, I'll try not to be biased- this is a richly flavoured Turkish Delight in dark chocolate. Absolutely repulsive in my opinion, and just about the only chocolate I'd happily throw away. But I'm sure it's no worse than any other Turkish Delight- in fact, I saved these and gave them to my Dad, who loves them and said these were particularly nice.
So there you have it. The one disappointment for me was that there were 5 of my least favourite chocs (Turkish Delight and Coconut Dream) whereas there were only 3 of some of the nicer ones. I did wonder if Thorntons were using this box to palm off some of the less popular chocolates onto unsuspecting buyers. But overall, I'm thoroughly enjoying working my way through these- there's something to suit my every mood, and I'm sure I'll still be eager for more when I've got through the 50 (well, 45 as I can't count the Turkish Delight!).
As for the nutritional info (which I've just braved looking at for the first time!), each chocolate contains about 61 calories, or 3 % of your GDA- ouch. Still, the great flavours in these mean that even one is quite satisfying, so all in all, eating a couple of these is probably better than eating a whole bar of moreish chocolate. The good news is that they contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, are suitable for vegetarians and are gluten and alcohol free. They do, however, contain milk, nuts, soya and eggs.
The quality and flavour of these chocolates make them a great gift, if you can bear to give them away! I'd certainly be happy to give these as a present, now that they've passed the all important taste test on myself! I'm taking one star off for the high Turkish Delight content, and the fact that these are maybe slightly overpriced usually, although for £6, this box was an absolute bargain.
Summary: A great gift or pick me up for yourself!