GUEST POST: MY WIFE REVIEWS CHOCEUR'S COCOA-DUSTED TRUFFLES!
|GUEST POST! My wife reviews these!|
When it comes to food and drink, I think I would be considered the man of the family. My husband’s tastes skewer toward the sweet, to the point that he cannot drink coffee, beer, most wines, or dark chocolate. They have evolved for the better over the years--I eventually got him to like sauerkraut and bleu cheese--but I can’t see him ever taking a liking to any of the four things I first mentioned. Oh well, not everyone is perfect.
While he never eats Choceur’s Cocoa-Dusted Truffles, they have become one of my holiday traditions from Aldi; I get them every year. And since it’s one of the few things he doesn’t like, it’s one of the few things I can look forward to enjoying all by myself. Now, the inner part of these truffles are actually very sweet, and very chocolatey; think the popular ball-shaped truffles you can get around this time, with the soft, melty chocolate in the middle, and the hard chocolate on the outside. What my husband takes offense to is the cocoa dusting on the outside, which is certainly a very bitter, very unsweet dark chocolate. For me, these truffles represent a perfect balance, with the bitter exterior giving way to a very sweet interior.
Like the aforementioned “ball truffles”, these also melt in your mouth, to the point that I usually don’t even chew them, letting them melt slowly on the tongue. They are also made in Belgium, a fact pointed out by the item’s packaging. Does that have anything to do with why they are so addicting? I have no idea. All I know is, being made in Belgium certainly can’t hurt, as that place is known for some of the best chocolate in the world.
Overall: 9/10. These are a favorite holiday treat for me, with the super-bitter outside giving way to a delectably sweet, melt-in-your-mouth interior. It’s not for everyone, like the super-sensitive palate of my husband, but if you don’t require your chocolate to be sickeningly sweet, there’s a good chance you’re going to end up making this one of your own holiday traditions.
CHOCEUR BELGIAN SEASHELLS
|Probably the prettiest things you'll eat this holiday season.|
For starters, and probably the first thing you will notice, is that these things are actually really pretty. Even though they’re called “Belgian Seashells” (and they are, in fact, made in Belgium, at least according to the packaging), only about half of the designs seem to be seashells; you also get a starfish, and a seahorse thrown in there for good measure. Each design is very meticulous and surprisingly detailed, at least as far as mass-produced chocolates are concerned. Adding to the beauty is that they use marbled chocolate, so you get swirls of milk and white chocolates combining to form one delectable little treat. They really are a sight to behold.
Following the tried-and-true formula of holiday chocolates, the marbled chocolate exterior is hard, while the hazelnut/chocolate interior, which reminds one of Nutella in terms of taste, is melt-in-your-mouth smooth. Both go together quite well. I must admit I’m not a huge fan of hazelnut, one of the reasons this will probably never be a required holiday tradition for me, but I did end up liking these a lot more than I thought I would, and they satisfy my holiday chocolate cravings quite nicely. If you’re into chocolate, and at least have a tolerance for hazelnut, you should give these a shot.
Overall: 7/10. Marbled chocolate on the outside, melt-in-your-mouth hazelnut filling on the inside. The designs, which focus on sea life (there are some seashells, along with a starfish and seahorse) are so beautiful and detailed, at least as far as mass-produced chocolates are concerned, that you might be a little hesitant to eat them. But you’d be missing out, as both layers go together quite well. I’m not a huge fan of hazelnut, which will probably prevent this from being a holiday tradition for me, but they do a great job of satisfying my holiday chocolate cravings. If you are a big hazelnut fan, adjust the score accordingly. If you don’t like it, just stay away altogether.