“ Brand: Thorntons „
There are eight varieties of milk and dark chocolate used in this selection. All of them are quite large chocolates compared to other more mainstream boxes of chocolates. Most of the chocolates give you a strong chocolate and cocoa flavour. You can leave them to melt in your mouth and you will experience all of the flavours they describe in each chocolates individual description.
Vanilla Heights is a ganache that has soft milk chocolate and vanilla undertones. Orange Garden is a dark chocolate ganache that gives you enough fresh orange flavour to recognise it's fruitness in comparison to the others featured in this selection.
Midnight Melt and Manhattan melt were delicious, they were melt in the mouth. The fruity undertones and delicate hints of flowers and herbs mentioned in the descriptions, came through, and I found myself savouring each chocolate. I did not really enjoy the Soho Caramel, the dark chocolate was very bitter, and it is described as 'enhanced by subtle after hint of saltiness'. I did not find the saltiness enhanced it, and the caramel was too buttery and lacking the sweetness to make this a nicer chocolate.
Cloudberry Hill and Q Couture had patterns printed on them, which add more elegance. The ganaches were very smooth. Cloudberry Hill had a lighter flavour and Q couture had a larger aroma and taste of quince.
The selection is varied with something for everyone. Although there are not any crèmes so if you are looking for that, you may want to try another collection.
The outer box has a quite elaborate pattern o nthe front, with turquoise, darker brown/grey and black. These colours and patterns are continued throughout the box. The menu on the front contains information on all of the chocolates. It is a small card that opens outwards, a useful feature as you don't need to find the paper with the chocolate selection within the box. Each chocolate is pictured with easily readable text underneath.
I was given this box of Thorntons chocolates for Christmas and was told that they were a new product so I was really looking forward to trying them.
The box is brown with a turquoise flowery pattern on the front. The lid opens to the side like opening a book and has a small folded "menu" detailing the chocolates inside. This is sealed down but the chocolates are also pictured on the back of the box along with a list of ingredients, nutritional values and the recyclability of the box and plastic tray.
There were (yes, were) 19 chocolates in my box which weighed 191g and cost £5.99. However there is a larger box weighing 373g and costing £10.99.
*****Now down to the chocolates ..............******
Each chocolate is covered in either Milk Ecuador chocolate which is 40% cocoa or Dark Dominican Republic chocolate with 60% cocoa.
There are 8 varieties of chocolate in the small box and they are all absolutely gorgeous. Each chocolate has a centre which is different to anything I had tasted before, a blend of lots of different flavours and then covered in a thick layer of dark or milk chocolate. The chocolates all have lovely names such as Manhattan Melt, Cloudberry Hill, Q Couture and Midnight Melt and a lovely description to get the taste buds going such as Manhattan Melt -" exquisite Ecuador milk chocolate with a crisp fruitiness and delicate hints of flowers and herbs".
I am not usually the sort of person who can eat several chocolates in a row, especially rich ones, but I had to make an exception in the case of Metropolitan. One just didn't seem enough and I was so intrigued by the descriptions that I just had to try another, and another!
The outside layer of each chocolate is unbelievably creamy and thick and the ganache (I had to look this up, apparently it is a chocolate and cream mixture which can have other flavours added), praline and caramel centres are rich without being sickly and are full of flavour.
****Now for the downside - calories..........****
The chocolates do contain nuts so unfortunately not suitable for those with nut allergies.
I do like Thorntons chocolates but would usually choose Cadburys or Galaxy as my favourites, however for Metropolitan I would definitely make an exception - they are gorgeous!