Product Type: Thorntons Sweets
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Posh chocolates.....or not?
Thorntons Mint Collection
Member Name: hypno06
Thorntons Mint Collection
Advantages: Chocolates from Thorntons, generally a fail safe buy.
Disadvantages: Peppermint and fudge - it just doesn't work!
I received a box of these for Christmas, and in the interest of dooyoo, thought I should munch my way through them very seriously so that I can write a review.......!
So, the box is about 10 inches square - containing 250g of chocs - big enough for you to give as a gift without looking stingy, and containing enough chocolates for the biggest chocoholic, yet few enough so that if the person is watching their weight they won't have to grapple with their conscience!
It contains one layer of chocolates with 5 different varieties - although the picture above shows six varieties.
I have a real "thing" about chocolate, with dark chocolate being my favourite, so I was looking forward to eating all of these:
**Mint Crisp** - a combination of honeycomb pieces natural peppermint oil and dark chocolate - a bit like the Elizabeth Shaw after dinner mints. I really liked these chocolates and there were plenty of them in the box - nice and indulgent and not sickly as the honeycomb is really very small.
**Mint Baton** - a soft smooth centre with natural peppermint oil and honeycomb pieces - except I didn't find any honeycomb that I could speak of in these - it was quite smooth, more like a truffle. The outer layer of chocolate was quite thick and these felt like a really good quality chocolate. There were four of these in the box, so you might be a bit reluctant to offer these around.....
**Peppermint Creme** peppermint fondant in darkchocolate - these are individually wrapped so excellent as after dinner mints as there are plenty of them in the box but I thought that the fondant was quite sickly and even though I have a sweet tooth, I would not want to eat too many of these (yes, I know you should eat them sparingly anyway, but it's a box of chocolates and I just can't seem to put these things down!).
**Mint fudge** creamy fudge with natural peppermint oil coated in dark chocolate - this for me does not work at all. Fudge should taste of fudge, not of peppermint. They also tasted really sacharrine-like although the ingredients list does not show sacharine to have been used. I really did not appreciate these particular chocolates at all, and was happy to share these with others.......There were only a few of these in the box, thankfully, and I will not be looking to buy them on their own.
**Crunchy Mint Truffle** a smooth truffle made with natural peppermint oil and crunchy mint pieces, coated in rich dark chocolate........these were really very good - the truffle was nice and smooth without being overpowered by the mint flavour. I was not so keen on sharing these.....
So, there we have it, a box didn't last me long (in the interests of reviewing, of course) and it was a bit of a mixed bag - Thorntons seem to push the "natural" peppermint oil, as you will see from the descriptions above, and I do think it sad when we have to be reminded of the natural elements as if to say "we are being wholesome in some small way"!
The box lists the ingredients on the back and is not suitable for anyone allergic to milk, eggs or soya. No hydrogenated vegetable oil is used which is good, but sorbitol is used, which can give laxative effects, although you are not warned of this on the box. Personally, I feel that the fewer ingredients the better, and I would prefer to have good quality "real" products rather than substitutes that are not any good for you!
Calorie and fat wise - well, its all there on the box but to be honest should you be looking at the calories when you have a box of chocolates in front of you saying "eat me".......nope, I didn't think so either! Obviously if you eat lots of them, you will get fat........if you eat them in moderation, you probably won't....
Would I buy them again - well probably as a present for someone if I was in a hurry on the basis that you can't really go wrong with Thorntons Chocolates, but as far as mint chocolates go, I would probably prefer After Eights and a mint Aero.......
Summary: Not a bad box, but a little disappointing at times.
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