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The first time my hubby ever bought me Thorntons Continental Chocolates was when I was in hospital having just given birth to our first child. The box was HUGE...I'd never seen so many chocolates all for me before! For medical reasons I wasn't allowed to eat them for 2 days! Can't tell you how hellish that was! I certainly made sure I indulged as soon as I was given the nod!
Anyway, thus began my love affair with Thorntons!
These chocolates are simply the best you can buy! There are so many different flavours....my favourites are the Alpinis and Viennese truffles. There are also pralines and mousses too...all simply delicious! (And all mine.....sharing Thorntons is a tad hard!)
Prices start from about £2.99 for small bags of Continental Chocolates and go up to about £26.00 for larger boxes. Thorntons do many gift packs of their chocolates too, so worth checking out their website.
Many people think foreign chocolate is far superior to British chocolate.....Thorntons is made in the UK and is right up there with the best in the world!
If you want to spoil someone special, or indeed spoil yourself, then these chocolates are the way to do it!
== Thornton's continental chocolates (400g) ==
== How I came by it ==
I was sitting on one of my survey sites one night, when I spotted they had an associated CashBack website, I went on to see that when I spent £25 on the Thornton's website, I would receive a free box of 400g continental choccies! This was too good to miss, and seeing as we had the father in laws birthday coming up and a leaving present for one of my husband's bits on the side in work to buy, I thought why not treat myself!
So I went on, ordered a hamper of choccies and this 400g box of chocolates came free with it! (Worth £10.99!).
Me and my husband sat here and devoured pretty much the whole box a couple of nights ago whilst watching TV, and I must say I was very impressed with my freebie!
== What exactly are they ==
Well they're premium chocolates not your typical everyday "I'm going to sit on the sofa and munch the whole box"- owing to the fact that they are rather expensive at £10.99 for a 400g box. So, in the box you get a mixture of milk, dark and white chocolate. Usually you get two of each to share or if there extra special like the hazel nut slice and cherry truffle you only get one- which can cause problems when you have two choco-holics wanting them both!!!
Some of the chocolates in the box are:
*Catalana: a caramel mousse choccy!!!
*Seville: Orange flavoured choccy with pieces of wafer throughout
*Champagne Truffle: Speaks for itself! Delicious!!!
*Apricot Parfait: dark chocolate with apricot and golden roast almonds.
*Alpini: Praline inspired by the French Alps!
== Are they Chocó-fantastic or not? ==
Well I personally absolutely adored these chocolates though after about 4 I started to feel a little sick and had to put them away but this upset me because the next time I'll have to pick 4 chocolates to eat and because the box is yummy you can't just have 4! No that's not how Thornton's work you just want to stuff the whole box down your neck as quickly as humanly possible!!!!
One thing I have to say is do not eat these with your other half- more so if he's drinking lager because the phrase my husband used to describe an expensive box of chocolates was something along the lines of "hmm don't really see where the extra money went, could have had a fruit and nur for a fraction of the price"!!!!!!!!.
Needless to say I was not in very impressed. So in future I shall start an argument with the husband storm of to the bathroom and sit there stuffing my face with these chocolates whilst in between mouthful pretending to yell insults and appearing to be upset but if you take this course of action remember to hide the evidence and brush your teeth!!!!!!!!
The chocolates are perfect for a nice gift for somebody, especially if you are not sure what they like, as this box has a bit of everthing! There are no "plain" chocolates in the box and each one is special in it's own little way! Just make sure you don't open these around a kid...my 2 year old niece would devour these in 5 seconds flat given half the chance!!! They are WAY too good for kids!!!!
== Price ==
Well like I said I got these for free with the cashback site, but a quick search on the Thornton's website found you could buy the 400g box £10.99. You can also buy a larger 780g box for £19.99 and if your a monster chocolate fan or want to treat someone very special then there's a 1030g box for £25.99. All in all these prices seem fair for a premium box of chocolates! And if you're looking for a perfect gift for a friend of family member, they are a fabulous gift!!
I was bought some Thorntons Continentals as a treat last week along with some Thorntons mini caramel shortcakes, yum!
The Continental collection only cost £1.50 half price with any other purchase which is why I did so well, lol!
My chocolates came in a plastic bag that is brown and beige and has part fo the wrapper clear so you can see the goodies :)
My bag weighed 130g and had a best before date of April 10 on it so they do last a few months as long as they are stored in cool dry conditions...
The bag contained an assortment of milk, dark and white chocolates all with fillings in them, only the truffles with alcohol in them I didn't like the rest were lovely.
There were nuts, milk and soya in for people with allergies and they are suitable for vegetarians and are a gluten free recipe too.
The bag contained:
Alpini - a hazelnut and almond praline
Caramel Truffle - smooth caramel truffle
Vienesse truffle - light mousse in milk chocolate sugar sprinkled case (my favourite!)
Sicilian Lemon mouse - zesty lemon puree mixed with double cream
Chocolat Riche - silky smooth caramel and chocolate truffle
Cappuccino - coffee mousse set in white chocolate
Champagne truffle - strong tasting with fresh cream and chocolate
Mousse au chocolat - fluffy chocolate mousse with white and dark chocolate
Catalana - creamy caramel mousse with crunchy honeycomb pieces
Vanilla truffle - smooth dark truffle with white decoration finish
The mixture is awesome and I love most of them!
They normally cost about £3 and even at that they are worth is for the high quality confectionery. The Continentals are really rich and luxurious and very filling for a sweet tooth like mine!
Very sugary and sweet and the chocolate cases are really thick and smooth and I love the different flavours together.
All the ingredients are fresh and the cream ones are really tasty and I love the variety :)
Five stars from me for some of my favourite treats, yay!
I was bought a box of these lovely chocolates for my birthday a few weeks ago, and just felt endowed to rave about how wonderful they are, not that this is any surprise for something from Thorntons, the premier chocolateers of the world!
Of course, the danger always is with boxed chocolates that there's going to be a few duds that nobody likes, but with these Continental Chocolates, I am happy to report that there are none like this! Of course, there was the odd Coconutty one I wasn't too fond of, but my brother loves those, so he ploughed through them delightfully, whilst I took advantage and ate the rest of the LOVELY chocolate in this box!
Thorntons are not only renowned for the quality of their chocolate, but the sheer presentation also - they are superbly designed chocolates that are better still contained within a robust looking box that really makes it a wonderful gift. There's enough of a selection that there's something for everyone, and well, if you're a lover of truffles, you're in for a real treat. Aside from a few that one of my friends brought back from Belgium a few years ago, these are by far the best I've ever tasted - they're so creamy and richly textured. They certainly beat the off-the-shelf stuff you'll find in Tesco!
I ploughed through the box in such a frenzy that I don't have the nutritional information available, but of course, when they taste this amazing, they're going to be anything but healthy. Nevertheless, when put on the table at a family occasion, you'll probably feel less guilty, and certainly less fat! If you know someone whose birthday is coming up that loves chocolate, this is a sure thing to make them happy - and speaking first hand, I assure you of this!
I have just received my first thank you present from a student as it is nearing the end of term. It is a box of Thornton's continental chocolates and I am so touched!
The box looks luxurious in a bronze and copper and brown themed box. The box is 195g. It presents 15 luxurious looking chocolates, each one with a different appearance and taste.
The box boasts milk, white and dark collection. It contains nuts.
The 'Chocolate Menu' is found on the front of the Box, attached by a brown ribbon. It has a little slot so it can open and close.
I have selected a few that stood out to me to let you know a bit more...
This has a hard milk chocolate shell with a soft mile chocolate truffle centre. There is a small trace of caramel through the centre - just enough to compliment the overall taste.
This is white chocolate with a very full flavoured centre.
Watch out for this one! It's zingy and very unexpected. Quite out of place in a collection of otherwise smooth and gentle flavours.
This has a lovely flavour. I'm very fond of champagne truffles and Thornton's has done it justice!
In short, a very well received and thoughtful gift for someone such as I and I would buy these as a thank you gift for someone else. They brightened up my day!
Thorntons Continental Chocolates
Birthday gift from my cousin could not have come in a better way than this -A gift with supreme touch of class.
The packaging is really noteworthy as it is a shining box with the brand name carved in an elegant manner. The assortment has everything you have ever dreamt for - great truffles, with selection of white, dark and extra milk and creamy chocolates.
Delighted with the overall package I started the taste test and believe me I was really spellbound with the quality.
I specially liked the apricot parfait and chocolate riche as they have luxurious mouth-watering taste.I normally like the nutty and crunchy taste with extra chocolate so vanilla flavour did not appeal to much as much but probably if you have a liking it is worth trying out.Alpini was the next one on my list and believe me this will create a true sensation of the brand .I was in love with the almond and nutty taste and was in full admiration for the brand.
Overall, I like most of the chocolates in the Continental selection apart from the rum tuffle because of personal deterrent towards rum. Most of the assortments taste rich and creamy with distinguishing flavour to relish.
I know I should not digress and bring about the nutrition value but I have to justify the review by keeping you informed.
They do contain a lot of nuts and are not suitable for people with nut allergies. I love nuts ..so no complains....The chocolates contain extra fat (around 30%),sugar and calories.You can decide if you can have a trade off with these for a delicious treat of heavenly chocolates..
An impressive and classic winner for me...if I turn a blind eye to the hefty price tag attached to it...
Chocolate Heaven Since 1911
Thorntons is a chocolate company established by Joseph William Thornton in 1911 in Britain. The year of establishment has been used in one of their famous marketing campaigns, "Chocolate heaven since 1911." According to an article I read Thorntons now has nearly 400 shops and cafes and a turnover over £180m.
Thorntons Continental chocolates are their most popular assortment of chocolates. Apparently, sales of this range and Thorntons Special Toffee account for almost £80 million of Thornton's sales. It's easy to see why as in my opinion the chocolate are a great quality product with an even better taste.
What I like about a box of Continental is that they are quite a posh box of chocolates. They make a great present as they are a bit nicer in my opinion than say a box of Roses or Quality Street. They come in a nice gold box with a ribbon on and there are a variety of different sizes and shaped boxes that you can buy.
They also have a great selection of chocolates inside the box, different tastes and combinations than other chocolate companies and each one guaranteed to be very delicious! The box comes with a chocolate guide so you know which is which and allows you to not tuck into the one with nuts if you are allergic to nuts.
There are about 20 different chocolates so I will not go through all of them but I will describe a few of my absolute favourites inside.
1. My number one favourite has to be the Alpini. You can actually buy this at Christmas as an individual chocolate in a box with a little woodpecker bird on top I think as a little novelty gift and as such is always the one I go for first in a big box of chocolates. The Alpini looks like a mini chocolate log. It is dusted with icing sugar on the top and has little ridges to make it look like a log. The taste inside is a praline flavour with little pieces of nuts. Smooth and tasty, a lovely praline flavour and the nuts really give it a bit of texture.
2. I love any type of chocolate with a fruit flavoured centre and Thorntons have a few but their best has to be the Apricot Parfait. Apricot is not one of the most common fruit flavoured chocolates, generally you have strawberry or orange so it's nice to have something different. The outside of the sweet is a dark chocolate with little crunchy bits in it which give it a fabulous texture. Inside the apricot is mixed up, almost whipped to be like a mousse and is delicious.
3. The Champagne Truffle - I think you can always tell the quality of a box of chocolates when you have a champagne one it in. This has a lovely subtle taste but you can definitely taste a bit of fizz in it. The outside is white chocolate coated with a dark chocolate on top.
4. Cappuccino - I like anything with a coffee taste and these chocolates do not disappoint. They are covered with a white chocolate and are in a round shape. Inside coffee and double cream are mixed together and then on top the white chocolate is sprinkled with chocolate powder. Lovely and rich and tasty.
I could go on and on about the chocolates and I would say there are really no bad ones in the selection. From lemon, to vanilla, caramel, hazelnut, Viennese truffles and now new Chocolate Riche, Cherry Truffle and Hazelnut slice there really is something for everyone.
Like I said above you can by the Continental Selection box in a number of different sizes. For gifts I generally buy the Premium Box which comes in an oval box, 320g and is £12, not too bad in my opinion for a nice gift. A bit pricey when compared to a box of Quality Street, but you are paying for quality as well. You can buy little bags of your favourite Continental, for example a bag of just the Alpini's costs £2.99 for a 130g bag which probably has about 10 chocolates in it. If you want to go absolutely crazy and really make someone day there is the Continental Premium Gift Box which weighs 1575g, has 4 layers of chocolates and costs £50, yummy!
This Valentines Day I was presented with a box of Thorntons Continental Chocolates, which although seem like the 'classic present' actually suprised me as to how amazingly delicious they were! I must say I am a bit of a fussy chocolate eater - prefering sweet flavours like strawberry and orange to the nutty or alcoholic ones you get in a box like this, so I thought I will probably eat only half the box (I could see the reason behind my boyfriends choice now!) but I have to confess - I loved them all!
Thorntons is a British company, which is great. Founded in 1911 by Joseph Thornton who set up in Sheffield and it's gone from there! They are now one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the UK with shops in most towns.
I was given the "Milk, Dark & White Collection" in a box tied with a brown ribbon, with a label which doubles up as the little "chocolate menu". The box contains about 16 chocolates, all different and all as good looking as they taste! It's almost a shame to eat them... Well, almost!
Here are a few details on my favourites...
Sicillian Lemon Mousse - Lemon Puree whipped with double cream, coated first in milk chocolate, then white chocolate.
This one was AMAZING. My favourite in the box. The centre was light and zesty, with a really chocolately coating. Bliss.
Catalana - Layers of Caramel Mousse and truffle covered in milk chocolate packed with Honeycomb pieces.
The mix of flavours in this one was just beautiful. The inside caramel mousse was so smooth and melts in the mouth, and the chocolate coating with the honeycomb pieces had a bit of a crunch to it. The perfect combination.
Chocolate Riche - Silky smooth Chocolate Truffle that melts in the mouth, coated in milk chocolate.
This was just a chocoholics dream - chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!!
I won't tell you the details on all of them in the box, I think you are getting the message about how devine they all are, others are Cappucino, Alpini & different truffles.
There is something for everyones tastes. In the end I wanted to share each one with my boyfriend as each one was so unique, so we ended up eating half of each chocolate and giving the other half to each other, which made it a really sweet present as it was fun for us to try them together enjoy each one.
Overall I was really impressed with these chocolates - they are delicious and really high quality and (I believe) they are reasonably priced too. A definate winner in my books and I will never scoff at getting a 'classic present' again! :)
Amongst my many weaknesses is the weakness I have for chocolate and one of my personal favourites is Thornton's Continental Milk Selection which I usually get as a present at birthdays' Mothers Day and Christmas. The chocolates are deliciously wickedly decadent and do nothing for the waistline but taste gorgeous.
The boxes are always attractive in appearance. Many of the chocolates are inspired by continental desserts, ingredients and places. The chocolates themselves change over time. I am going to write about the latest box I received for Christmas. The box contained the following chocolates -
This is definitely one of my favourite chocolates. The Alpini was inspired by the snow covered Alps. It contains ground together Italian hazelnuts with sugar and raosted almonds. This is a smooth praline with a nutty texture - heaven!
The Brandy Truffle contains the distinctive taste of french cognac combined with cream and chocolate. It is avery intense flavour and is very 'moreish'.
Cafe Au Lait
This is coffee flavoured chocolate with the consistency of a mousse that is contained in a delightful 'cup' of milk chocolate. It is sprinkled with a dusting of chocolate powder. Unfortunately my children got to this one before me so i cannot comment on its taste - more's the pity!
The Catalan contains layers of caramel mousse and truffle covered in smooth milk chocolate and is packed with crunchy honeycomb pieces.. It's inspiration comes from the Catalana desert from Southern Spain.
Mousse Au Chocolat
This is not one of my favourites. The centre of the chocolate is a very light and fluffy mousse that is decorated with dark and white chocolate. This is based on the classic French dessert.
This is a smooth truffle consisting of rich chocolate and caramel flavours.
This is another firm favourite of mine. This chocolate is one of the few that have a wrapper. It has roasted hazelnuts and almonds in its centre wrapped up in delicious milk chocolate.
Tthe Seville as the name suggests is a moist orange chocolate which also contains a crispy wafer. It is very smooth and wickedly delicious. This is covered in a rich looking orange wrapper. Another of my personal favourites.
This is one of the chocolates I leave until last as it is not one that I enjoy. The chocolate contains a rich caramel truffle.
This chocolate contains chopped and roasted Turkish and Italian hazelnuts.
Another caramel based chocolate this is a very creamy truffle with a caramel flavour .
This is a round chocolate consisting of a light hazelnut mousse with a centre of smooth praline.
The Cherry Truffle is laced with Kirsch and topped with a french cherry which sits on a bed of creamy mousse. The filling is covered with milk and dark chocolate.
The distinctive taste of dark Jamican rum pervades this delicious chocolate which also contains fresh cream and cocoa to make a smooth truffle which is coated in milk chocolate.
Overall, I like most of the chocolates in the Continental selection. They do taste very rich, and creamy and have a very distinctive flavour. They can be a bit sickly if eaten in large quantities too quickly! They are very expensive and are not, therefore, an every day sort of chocolate but are great to give someone for a special occasion.
The only thing with this paricular box of chocolates was that it did not contain the bestist chocolate in my opinuion - the Viennese Truffle!
The chocolates are suitable for for vegetarians. However, they do contain a lot of nuts and are not suitable for people with nut allergies. They are also loaded with fat, sugar and calories. 100g of these chocolates contains a masive 31.6g of fat and 519 calories.
The Continental Collection are £11.74 (435g).
My husband knows that I love nothing more than a very large box of Thorntons continental chocolates. This year I got a large box which contained the milk chocolate collection of continental chocolates.
The box is a lovely rich brown colour with gold stripes running across the top. It is very nicely presented with a ribbon wrapping the box. When you remove the lid you are greeted by a lovely chocolate smell and the chocolates sitting nicely in a plastic tray.
I like the way the different types of chocolates are identified. There is a chocolate menu. The chocolate within this collection include an assortment of pralines, lots of different flavour truffles and mousses. There is normally one chocolate in the box that everyone would like.
I love the flavour of the chocolates and they always seem more special than the average box of chocolates. The chocolate has a real chocolate taste and the texture that they put together to create the different chocolates is delicious. They are not so good if you are on a diet as they contain 71 calories per choc and 4.2g of fat. They are perfect as a special treat.
The chocolates also look appealing to the eye which gets the taste buds going as soon as you see them. I always get these chocolates as a gift and therefore cannot comment on the price as I personally do not wish to know. I love receiving them on a special occasion as a treat. They are available from Thorntons shops and also from Thorntons online.
Now we all like chocolate don't we?
Well actually not all of us unfortunately.. I can think of someone very close to me who doesn't like it.. Which makes Easter a pain!
Anyway those of us who like chocolate have our favourites, whether it be Cadburys or Lindt there is one chocolate that we can never turn down.. To be honest most chocolate I can't bear to turn down.. Shouldn't really eat as much of it as I have for this review but I'm just trying to help you the consumer out!
I am not going to blow my own trumpet as they say, as to how I came to having these chocolates, but it was down to me doing something at work very well.. Enough to get my manager and area manager to buy me chocolates, and I imagine you know what I mean about how much of a shock that would be!
Brief History of Thorntons
Founded in 1911 by Joseph Thornton, who set up his own confectionary shop with his son in Sheffield is now one of the biggest and one of the best selling chocolate manufacturers with some of the most close guarded recipes and exclusive chocolates..
The company moved from Sheffield to a much larger factory in Derbyshire in the 1980's where manufacturing became cheaper and easier on a mass scale..
The company makes a big profit every year especially at Christmas and Easter.. Were we all gorge on chocolates!
What chocolates did I get?
Anyway the chocolates I got bought were the 'Continental milk, dark and white collection..' In quite a sweet little box with a floral pattern on the top.. Admittedly there was only one layer of chocolates which made this review even more difficult because I was quite happy to eat them all in one go!!
To be fair they are pretty good looking chocolates!
Which chocolates were in my box?
Ready for a long list?..
Sicilian Lemon Mousse
Dark Vanilla Truffle
Chocolate Truffle Heart
I'll stop there before I bore you all to death put it this way there are a fair few different tasting Continental chocolates!
Some of the chocolates in detail.. Prepare to feel a little hungry for some chocolate.. (and bear in mind I was eating them while writing this review!!)
'Strawberries and double cream whipped into a light mousse. Fruity and light - the taste of an English summer..'
This chocolate is very aesthetically appealing!
It is a white chocolate covered in plain white chocolate.. With sprinklings of what tastes like a very sweet pink chocolate similar to the pink panther bars from all those years ago!
This chocolate smells incredibly sweet, it has a distinctive fruity smell obviously from the strawberries in the chocolate. As for the taste well the outer shell is hard and breaks away when you first bite into it. Whereas the centre is like a mousse, the double cream is obviously present even after being in the fridge, the centre is still moist even to the point of almost being warn, light and airy on your tongue..
The chocolate is light to the taste and silky on the tongue without being too morish!
Sicilian Lemon Mousse
'We whip lemon puree with double scream to make out light and zesty mousse..'
This chocolate looks very well made half plain chocolate, half white chocolate, with plain chocolate drizzles across the top..
This chocolate doesn't really smell strongly of anything to be honest. It does not make a big impression on my nostrils. It does smell slightly of lemons but nothing that jumps out and bites you ( so to speak!)
The first thing you notice about this chocolate when you bite into it is the bitterness of the lemon. The chocolate falls away as you bite in although the plain chocolate base is thicker than the surrounding chocolate.
As with the strawberry crush the mousse is moist and warm even after being refrigerated.
Rating:.. 2 Stars..
Not a pleasant after taste to the chocolate and the mousse is incredibly bitter!
'We brew the coffee blend it with white and milk chocolate, double cream and a dash of coffee liqueur then hand finished with a roasted coffee bean..'
This chocolate looks like a little chocolate/coffee barrel in plain chocolate with a tiny coffee bean on the top.. To be honest it looks like a very expensive chocolate..!
The chocolate just smells like plain chocolate, there is no hint from the smell it is of the coffee variety. The chocolate on the top is very thick and the truffle surrounded with a layer of dark chocolate with an outer layer of plain. It is difficult to bite through all this chocolate to get to the truffle. The coffee bean on the top gives extra flavour and the truffle centre is smooth and creamy on the tongue.
Rating:.. 4 Stars..
Great creamy chocolate with a strong coffee after taste!
'Luscious smooth apricots contrast perfectly with dark chocolate and golden roasted almonds..'
This chocolate looks like a barrel with little lumps poking out of the top. Covered totally in dark chocolate.
This chocolate definitely has the distinctive smell of apricots, it is a very fruity smell to fill the nostrils not too sickly just a pleasant fruit mixed with dark chocolate. When first biting into the chocolate the first thing you notice is the fruity apricot that is almost in a jelly-like texture but you cannot deny the richness of the dark chocolate on the outside mixed with the almonds which give t a slight marzipan taste.
Rating:.. 4 Stars..
A smooth chocolate however the almonds do get stuck in your teeth..
'Our chocolate truffle is laced with Kirsch, hand-topped with a French cherry and covered in dark and milk chocolate..'
In crimson foil packaging with 'Thorntons' on it this chocolate looks like the luxury it suggests the actual chocolate is. The chocolate is a mixture of dark and plain chocolate with an odd shaped French cherry which does look very tasty.
The chocolate smells less fruity than the apricot chocolate but they chocolate smell is entirely more prominent and fills the air with a chocolatey smell. The truffle is smooth and creamy surrounded by plain chocolate that crumbles in your mouth. The Kirsch and cherry seem a little sour at first but as the flavour floods your mouth it has a distinct cherry fruity taste with the texture almost of Turkish delight.
Rating:.. 5 Stars..
Cherry, kirsch and creamy truffle.. Can't go wrong!
'We've whipped vintage Champagne with white and milk chocolate to create a luxuriously smooth truffle within and intense dark chocolate shell..'
This chocolate looks a little different to the picture which shows the chocolate to be a square when it is actually more a rhombus shape.. Sorry to be pedantic!
This chocolate smells strongly of dark chocolate, there is not even a hint of champagne truffle that sits amongst the dark chocolate. When bitten into the outer shell crumbles with a chunk of dark chocolate in your mouth with the truffle surrounding it. The dark chocolate is rich and slightly bitter but very smooth, the truffle inside is smooth like melted chocolate but sickly with an after taste.
Rating:.. 3 Stars..
Sweet but sickly that does not really taste of champers!
This chocolate is obviously as its name says a slice!
It's a little slice of milk chocolate with little flecks of hazelnut in the centre, the chocolate in the centre is solid not truffle, which I think would make the chocolate more interesting..
This chocolate smells very strongly of a creamy and may I say incredibly lush milk chocolate, with the little pieces of hazelnut which you can't really smell in the chocolate..
The chocolate around the outside of this is hard, even without being refrigerated were as the inside milk chocolate is soft and envelopes the hazelnut pieces nicely, however the only problem with the hazelnut chunks is that they are so small they can get caught in your teeth.. Plus the after taste of this chocolate is really very nutty that has put me off a little..
Rating:.. 1 star..
Not the nicest chocolate because of the nut aspect, especially if you are allergic to nuts even in the slightest way!!
One more detailed chocolate..
'Based on a Swiss recipe, our smooth dark truffle is hand finished with creamy white chocolate to make each one unique..'
This chocolate looks like a mini iceberg in an odd sense with little peaks on white chocolate across the top.
The chocolate smells incredibly sweet with an obvious vanilla scent to it but the truffles dark chocolate centre is slightly obvious to the smell.. When first bitten into the white chocolate just melts into your mouth after crumbling into tiny pieces.. The outer shell of the inside of the truffle is thin dark chocolate which is very rich but not too bitter.. The truffle itself is so smooth I could actually eat all of these out of a Thorntons store.. (maybe only a small store) and not feel sick!
Rating:.. 5 Stars..
Sweet creamy luscious chocolate that leaves you wanting more!
Now comes the depressing part
As much as we all like chocolate and know that Thorntons chocolates are very tasty, but also they are very very expensive..
I don't recommend buying them on a regular basis because you will bankrupt yourself!
As a gift they are a nice idea because they usually come in a very nicely presented box, like mine with a floral pattern or like others I have received in a padded heart shaped box or even just in a plain box.. However you chose to present your chocolates they always look spectacular and worth the money..!
Some of the chocolates contain mild amounts of alcohol sadly not enough to get you drunk.. Thankfully not enough to stop you driving after popping one in your mouth for a nice sweet tasting ride!
Obviously as with most chocolates they contain nuts and are in packaging with chocolates containing nuts so it is a good idea if allergic to stay away from the nutty chocolates and pick your own chocolates for the box as you can do in almost any Thorntons store I think..!
So overall these chocolates are expensive, could cause an anaphylactic shock and give you some extra calories when you weren't quite expecting to gain them..!
Thorntons have so many different varieties of Continental chocolate that it is hard to give an accurate price, plus with Christmas coming they are going to get more fancy and more expensive..
They range anywhere from £4.99 upwards the box I received at Christmas last year were around £30 for a two layer padded heart shaped box..
So look out in the shops for Christmas offers..!
When I want to buy chocolates as a gift for someone I often buy Thorntons because I know that they will be good. It is especially good if you are going around to someone's for dinner because they are likely to open the box after dinner and then you get to share them! Bonus!
Thorntons chocolate is rich and smooth and always of the very highest quality. In this box there are about 30 individual chocolates in dark, milk and white chocolate, which means there is something for everyone. They are so rich that you will not be able to eat many. So if you are wanting to sit down with a box of chocolates and comfort eat, these are probably too posh a box. The dark chocolates often have a sweeter fruit fondant inside, which compliments the strong chocolate.
My favourites are the truffles with nuts. I think nuts and chocolate compliment each other perfectly. These nutty truffles are divine. Most have some sort of rich truffle centre, which is smooth and delicious. Due to the depth of flavour, even the white chocolates are not too sweet (in my opinion!).
The only downside is there should be more of each type of chocolate because if you find a favourite, it's too late! Sometimes there are only one of each chocolate. Gutting!
I love thorntons- the chocolate they sell is so good, you know your tasting the proper stuff
Products which i think are great- Choccies- oats, praline covered in chocolate- heaven sent! Their chocolate covered raisins are gorgeous. The alpine bars are for praline and nut lovers. Try the chocolate orange from the counter- its gorgeous!
In the summer, Thorntons sell ice cream- so lush- try the english toffee or the mint flavours! Another plus is the fact they sell diabetic chocolate- a god send when trying to buy good chocolate for a diabetic friend. They also sell chocolate covered nuts, toffee and fudge!
The staff in my local branch are friendly and i go in there so far that they recognise me. They frequently have products reduced- mainly because the best before date is due to run out. However i have eaten chocolate many months after the best before and it tastes perfectly fine.
After all that, i`m off to Thorntons!
I'm not the biggest fan of chocolates in a box as there are always a few flavours that end up being thrown away, which is a terrible shame. A week after Xmas, my family used to have a joke when we offered a guest the Roses tin and say, "fancy a coffee cream or marzipan?".
This is not the case for the Thorntons Continental. Every single chocolate in the box is amazing, especially the coffee Cappuccino covered in a sprinkling of chocolate powder as you would a real cappuccino. It's this detail as well as the packaging that makes the chocolate experience pleasurable. Many years ago I went to Belgium and brought back chocolates such as these and my friends and family were amazed. I am not comparing these to the amazing varieties you still get in Belgium, but for off the shelf easy to get hold of good quality chocolates, you really can't do any better than these.
As much as I love all of them all my favourites are the champagne truffle with it's creamy sweet white chocolate exterior and the vanilla truffle which is almost the complete opposite with it's dark chocolate exterior and it almost pure butter and vanilla centre.
Writing this review has made me wipe my mouth on so many occasions I may have to pop out and buy a box and keep them all to myself. One of my guilty pleasures is to finish the box over a weekend with a bottle or two of nice red wine.
Chocolate - why do we love it so much? It gives us pleasure but not just from eating it but also from smelling it, looking at it, touching it, unwrapping it. When we take the wrapper off a bar of dark or milk chocolate or open up a box of chocolates we are already anticipating the next step which is to smell that pure chocolatey smell, exquisite, like a rich expensive perfume. Chocolate looks so smooth and glossy - you want to touch it. The sharp snapping sound when you break a piece of chocolate tantalises our taste buds and when it finally passes our lips and melts into our mouths we feel a wealth of sensory pleasure.
Chocolate has always been given as a gift for many, many years. A small box of chocolates can express so many different wishes. It can say thank you to a mother, grandmother, lover, teacher, hostess. Chocolates can also say Good Luck, Get Well Soon, Sorry or Bon Voyage.
Chocolate is used in various forms to celebrate Easter, Christmas and weddings. Valentines Day and Mother's Day are days in the social calendar when sales of chocolate must exceed other days.
I shouldn't think there isn't a country in the world that doesn't use chocolate as part of it's culture. Whether it be a Toblerone from Switzerland, truffles from Belgium, Chocolate crepes from France, brownies from America, Cadbury's milk chocolate from England or a cup of frothy hot chocolate from Spain. This delicious food of the gods unites all chocolate lovers throughout the world.
My particular favourite chocolates are Thornton's Continentals and I treasure the moment when I receive a box of these exquisitely crafted chocolates. I have a ritual and it is firstly not to open the box straight away. I usually place the box on a desk or table so I can admire the decorated packaging. I never eat all the chocolates at once when opened - usually one a week. I know most people who love chocolate open a box and then can't help but to eat all of them in one sitting. I like to savour the pleasure each time I delve into the padded papers of the box to find yet another delicacy. This ritual usually lasts about 4 weeks which is just enough time before the chocolates lose their shine and delicious taste.
When did the Thornton's Saga begin?
It began in a sweet shop on Norfolk Street in Sheffield in 1911. Joseph William Thornton who was a confectionery sales man for the Don Confectionary Company, and his 14 year old brother, Norman, set up this shop to sell sweets and confectionery and then later they opened another shop in 1913 making their own sweets and chocolate. Both shops became successful and Norman was joined by his younger brother in 1921 when the company J.W. Thornton Ltd was formed. At that time they had 4 shops and 1 fruit shop open.
I actually worked on Norfolk Street when I was 18 years old in an arts and crafts suppliers. Sometimes customers in those days used to leave tips or not pick up all of their change. We had a small pot near the till and all this spare coinage went into the pot. Every month the manageress used to count the coins and if we had enough for 8ozs of Thornton's Continentals one of the younger members of staff would be sent to the shop on Norfolk Street to buy the chocolates. They were then shared out between all the staff. Happy Days!
Nowadays Thorntons confectionery is sold in 380 shops and 210 franchises throughout the United kingdom. None of the Thornton's family members are active in the business any more as the company was floated on the stock market in 1988. In 1911 the two brothers set out to create the best confectionery in the United Kingdom and I certainly think they achieved their goal.
There are 53 chocolates including 9 new flavours in the Continental range. The collection consists of truffles, pralines, mousses in white, dark and milk chocolate. This range was introduced by Thorntons 50 years ago by a swiss chocolatier, Walter Willen.
I can't possibly review 53 different chocolates but I will review a selection of 8 which are my favourites;
Alpini - 10/10
This always reminds me of a small log covered in snow but I think it is meant to be like a mountain in the Swiss Alps. The taste is of ground hazelnuts blended together with sweet roasted almonds which gives a nutty texture. I love the smooth texture of the chocolate outside with the dusting of icing sugar on the top. Delicious.
Viennese Truffle - 8/10
I love the round shape of this chocolate and the crisp sound it makes when you bite into the centre which is filled with a soft mousse. I have deducted 2 points as I think the sprinkling of sugar on the top is too sweet for me.
Sicilian Lemon Mousse - 10/10
This has a real taste of lemon and cream. The tangy lemon taste really zings on your tongue. The mousse filling is soft and extra creamy. Absolutely gorgeous.
Vanilla Truffle - 10/10
This is a dark, smooth truffle covered in creamy white chocolate. It tastes very much lke a hand made swiss chocolate. Melts in your mouth - scrumptious.
Apricot Parfait - 10/10
This combination of dark chocolate mixed with roasted almonds and smooth apricot filling works for me. The bitterness of the chocolate and slight sharp taste of the apricot is really refreshing and I adore this chocolate.
Rum Truffle - 9/10
The fresh cream outer layer is appealing and then when you bite into the chocolate you taste the cocoa and dark Jamaican rum. Not everybody's taste but an old favourite with most I think.
Champagne Truffle - 9/10
This is divine but can be a bit sickly. White thick chocolate covering with a soft mouse filling of champagne and whipped fresh cream.
Cherry Truffle - 8/10
This is one most people would probably leave out of their selection but I think the mixture of dark chocolate topped with a cherry and filled with kirsch is a winner.
So there you have a selection of 8 of my favourite chocolates in the Thorntons collection.
If you buy Thornton's Continentals from a shop in the high street or on line from the web site you can choose your own packaging or you can buy boxes already made up.
The web site is very comprehensive and easy to use. You can create your own box of chocolates by selecting from milk, dark and white chocolate. As well as the Continental range there are 37 other flavours to choose from.
Prices vary from: 6.95 for a box of 8 chocolates, 10.95 - 16 chocolates, 17.50 - 32 chocolates and 29.95 for 64 chocolates.
Delivery charges start from 3.95. for a delivery in the week. Saturday delivery is charged at 5.95 and next day delivery or a specific date delivery costs 5.95 also.
Box designs are numerous; chocolate polka dot, vintage rose, pretty in pink, lilac swirl, roses are red, so stripy, green dotty or classical Thornton's.
Greeting cards can be added as well as bottles of wine or champagne if ordered on line. Also for the very special occasions in life bouquets of flowers can be sent with chocolates of your choice.
In the Continental range -130gm of chocolates in dark, milk or white costs 2.99, 400gm box costs 11 pounds and a 800gm box will set you back 20 pounds.
If you really want to splash out you can purchase a Continental Cascade which consists of 4 boxes of chocolates packaged together and tied in ribbons. The cost is only 40 pounds but worth it for a special treat.
Web site link: http://www.thorntons.co.uk
Quality and Freshness of Continental Chocolates and Chocolate Generally.
Here are a few tips to help you keep chocolates fresh and know when they are old and tasteless;
Smell - The chocolates should not smell too sweet.
Sound - When you break chocolate in to pieces it should make a clear distinctive snapping noise. If it breaks into small pieces it is too dry and if it is difficult to break it is too waxy.
Touch - If chocolate melts in your hand quickly this means it has a high cacao butter content and is a good sign.
Taste - Chocolate should feel very smooth in the mouth with no hint of graininess and it should melt almost immediately.
Keep chocolates out of direct sunlight. Heat can cause a discolouring of the chocolate and a 'bloom' on the surface. Humidity isn't very good either as this also causes a severe grey colouring on the surface. The ideal temperature for storing chocolate is around 10 - 15 degrees and if possible in an air tight container as chocolate absorbs odours.
Well I think I am near the end of the review except that I would like to say that I have actually visited the Thornton's factory in Belper, Derbyshire. It was a few years ago when my husband was involved in environmental issues and looking at ways to make companies more environmentally friendly in the Sheffield region. We were invited to tour and inspect the factory and I can honestly say it wasn't anything like Willy Wonka and I didnt see an umpa lumpa in sight.
It was a very interesting experience and way back then - 15 years ago, Thornton's were ahead of their time environmentally and in their processing and manufacturing techniques.
Continentals are my favourite type of chocolates but I realise that they are very rich in flavour and not to everybodys taste. I think the quality is outstanding and some of the flavours are absolutely delicious. They are very special chocolates and perfect for any sort of gift or to eat on any special occasion. Thornton's shops are of a very high standard and their web site is excellent and cant be faulted. Highly Recommended.