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For Christmas this year, one of my presents from my boyfriend was a Chocolate Selection Box from Thornton's. Perhaps because I'm in my 30s he thought it was time I moved on from the Cadbury's boxes I usually insist on and got me this box instead, which is a bit more sophisticated. Unfortunately (and I hope he isn't reading this) I really wish I had gotten Cadbury's instead!
One of the items inside the box I got was a Milk Chocolate Santa Lolly. This lolly is absolutely adorable and very detailed. Santa's beard and the fake fur trim on his coat is made from white chcolate and his nose, hat and buckles are made from dark chocolate. The rest of the bar is milk chocolate. The Santa is of course made from a mold but it was made with care and Santa has no wonky bits, I'm happy to report.
The packaging is very nice with snowlfakes and a pretty red colour detail. It says "no artificial colours or flavours" on the packaging, which is a good selling point.
All in all, from the look of the Santa and the reputation of Thorntons as being a quality chocolate maker, I was very happy to receive this present. However, when I opened up the Santa and bit his head off, I have to say I was very disappointed with the taste.
In a word, this chocolate is sickly. It is far too sweet and seems to be much more sugary than Cadbury's and a bit less creamy as well. I found that I didn't enjoy eating Santa very much at all. And it's not because my tastes are too sophisticated - I absolutely love milk chocolate and particularly Cadbury's. But I was surprised that a chocolate maker like Thorntons who I thought was a bit more grown up than Cadbury's would stuff its products so full of sugar as to make them almost inedible for me.
The santa contains 45g of chocolate and a minimum of 30% cocoa solids which is very good for milk chocolate so I'm not sure why this didn't taste better. It's suitable for vegetarians but may contain nut traces. Unfortunately a calorie count isn't listed but I guess if you're counting calories it's safe to say don't eat one of these!
In terms of price, it was a gift and I don't know how much it cost. I'm guessing it's a bit more expensive than a Cadbury's box and so a ballpark figure would probably be around £4. However, all Santa and Christmas items are bound to be on a massive discount at the moment so if you can find one of these at all I'm sure you'd get it for a bargain price. If I were you, though, I wouldn't bother.
I like the chocolate lollipops from Thorntons and buy them through the year but at Christmas time I always buy a few for me and for adding in with Christmas presents as they are so nice to look at and are great value.
The chocolate lollipops that are in Thorntons this year at Christmas were a chocolate Santa lolly and a white chocolate lollipop that was shaped like a snowman. There might have been others but these are the two that I bought.
The chocolate Santa lollipop is in milk chocolate but some of the detailing on the Santa figure is in other chocolate for example his beard is in white chocolate which gives a nice detailing on the Santa figure.
The lollipop is on a white stick the same as other lollipops and the wrapper is see through so I can see the Santa figure through the wrapper. Each of the lollipops is made of chocolate and can only be bought in Thorntons chocolate shops. Each of the lollipops costs around 70 pence which I think is brilliant value.
When I bite into the chocolate I can see straight away that the chocolate is of a good quality. The milk chocolate tastes very nice and it is lovely and sweet though it is not sickly. The milk chocolate melts in my mouth and turns nice and creamy. The texture is nice and hard but it is not to hard that it is hard to bite into or anything.
I think these lollipops were great value at under a pound each and they make nice stocking fillers or are nice to add on with Christmas presents for adults and kids. I always buy a few for myself at this time of year as I really enjoy eating them.
I will keep buying the Christmas character lollies at Christmas time and I will buy other chocolate lollies from Thorntons through the year as they are always a nice treat and are brilliant value and I would suggest giving them a try out.
I received one of these as a gift this Christmas and was pleased when I saw it. I am a big fan of chocolate and know that Thorntons is good quality so I couldn't wait to tuck into one of these! They were available from Thorntons for 69p which is a competitive price for a lolly this size. There are 3 lollies to choose from: a milk chocolate santa, a milk chocolate reindeer and a white chocolate snowman.
The lolly is in a film wrap allowing you to see the product inside. The chocolate is a lovely creamy brown colour and looks as though it will taste very milky. The santa has a lot of detailing and there is detailing on the lolly in both white and dark chocolate.
Opening the wrapped I can see that the lolly is a very good size, it is about 3 inches long, an inch and a half wide and just under a cm thick. Biting into the lolly was easy, although the chocolate was thick and not at all crumbly or flakey. The taste was very creamy and tasted as though it was of really good quality. The chocolate melted in the mouth and tasted really nice. It was quite sweet and I'm sure that if this lolly was any bigger I would have began to feel a bit sick.
The back of the wrapper only tells me the nutritional information per 100g and because the wrapping doesn't tell me how much the lolly weighs, this isn't much use! However, everyone knows that this sort of treat should be enjoyed in moderation.
I really enjoyed this lolly and could tell it was a quality product, it tasted very nice and creamy and is recommended for all!
On the hunt for stocking fillers for my daughter, I came across those in Thorntons , costing 69p each - lovely santa shaped lollies made from milk chocolate, with little accents of white and dark chocolate for detail - white chocolate beard and hat trim, and a little spot or dark chocolate to accent the facial features.
He's quite a nice looking chap, chubby and jovial as all good santas should be, with a lovely detailed outfit - you can see the belt buckle, the buttons on his suit, and his happy and welcoming expression . He looks lovely - shame he has to be eaten really.
Naturally, being the good little reviewer that I am, I decided to get two, one for me to eat and enjoy, and one for my daughters stocking . The chocolate is smooth, rich and creamy, with a sweet flavour and none of that awful greasy mouthfeel you get with some cheap chocolates. Although the amount of white chocolate is only small, you do taste it when you bite off poor santas head, and if I'm honest I find the white chocolate a little sickly . However, as I'm generally not a huge white chocolate fan in general, don't take that as a criticism of this product . I couldn't taste the dark chocolate at all, but there was only a tiny amount .
The chocolate melts smoothly and easily as you eat it, and thankfully the stick does a good job of keeping the chocolate from melting all over hot hands and clothes - my daughter ate hers on christmas morning with only the minimum of mess . Obviously, with younger children you'll need to keep an eye on them eating this in case they mess about with the stick .
Overall, for 69p, I really can't fault this as a little christmas treat, and next year I imagine I'll buy the same again .
5 stars .
Its always traditional to receive one of these in our stockings on Christmas day in our house, along with chocolate coins which are also from Thorntons and I always look forward to getting one. I saw the other day that Thorntons had gotten all their Christmas stock in, I decided that this particular thing was not just for Christmas as I just had to have one!
Its definitely one for kids, and Thorntons know that, aiming it towards kids as it is always in the section of the shop with all the other kids sweets. Most kids seem to like chocolate/sugar in general so its already good for them, but they will definitely like the fact that its in a character shape. Even though I'm not really a kid anymore, I still really enjoy them though!
When you take off the festive red wrapper, you see a milk chocolate lolly in the shape of santa with all of the details made very well, which is on a paper stick. It is mainly made out of milk chocolate, but there are some details which are white or dark chocolate, such as there is a small amount of dark chocolate for Santa's nose. Having the different colours/flavours makes it taste and look a lot more interesting rather than just having a big slab of the same chocolate on the stick.
The actual chocolate is really nice, certainly up to Thornton's high standards and better quality than your average high street variety. While I find that Cadbury's will sometimes leave a weird aftertaste, this actually had a nice aftertaste. The chocolate was very creamy, and very soft which was good and made it good for little children.
At just 69p per lolly I think that it is quite reasonable when its more of a novelty item than just a normal chocolate bar and its really good quality chocolate. If you don't like the price then remember its just for the festive period!
Overall, I would say to definitely pick a few up while you still can as the will only be around during the festive season! I will be eating a few more yummy santas before they're gone for another year for sure.
These Santa lollies from Thorntons are wicked and would make a yummy stocking filler for kids OR adults. Thorntons have got a few different designs of these lollies out for Xmas but this one is deffo the best looking I reckon because Santa looks mega jolly and lifelike.
The lolly is made of milk chocolate, the nose is a splodge of dark chocolate and Santa's beard is white chocolate as well as the fur of his hat. I think the different colour chocolates look brill and makes the lolly look like it's worth a lot more than the 69p I paid for it.
I'm not always mad for Thorntons chocolate but this lolly is yummy. The chocolate is mega soft and tastes lovely and rich as you eat it. It must be a special chocolate that Thorntons have made for kids because it's got that delish sweet taste that is missing from a lot of their adult chocolates.
It melts well in my mouth and because it's such a nice soft chocolate this lolly would be ok even for very young children as long as you keep an eye on them while they're eating it because of the stick.
When you eat Santa's head you can taste the white chocolate even though there's not much of it on the lolly, I couldn't taste the dark chocolate at all though because there's only a dot on the lolly for Santa's nose. I was a bit annoyed at first that I couldn't taste the dark chocolate but thinking about it it's fine because these lollies are made for kids and dark chocolate would probably be a bit too harsh for them.
I'm deffo going back to Thorntons this week to buy a few of these lollies to go in my 2 sisters' stockings. The wrapper is a wicked festive red colour and you can see the lolly through it, I've decided not to get them selection boxes this year because they always end up with loads of them and I reckon a few of these lollies will be a yummy alternative.