After trying the Booja Booja Raspberry Truffles I was hoping that the Hazelnut Crunch truffles would be just as delicious specially presented for Easter! The truffles arrived in a beautiful red and black hand painted egg; this is one of Booja Booja's major selling points, they work with many talented artists in Kashmir, India who hand paint all of their Luxury Gift Boxes and Easter Eggs by hand and have done for the past 7 years! Working together with the community out there they manage to produce the most gorgeous produce, combining both quality chocolates inside beautifully decorated ornate wooden eggs.
On opening the egg it is like opening a little packet of gold pixie dust, the truffles are beautifully wrapped in a shiny gold pouch and the strong aromas of the cocoa immediately hit you, carefully taking the 3 truffles out you can see that similar to the Raspberry Truffles these are also dusted in a lovely thick layer of cocoa powder that coats your fingers and your lips as you begin to devour the truffles yum!
Once again the truffles texture is out of this world, it is amazingly velvety and feels almost suede/velvet like on the tongue, however the hazelnut nibs within provide a delightful crunch and almost add a praline esque style to the chocolate and contrast wonderfully with the texture of the smooth truffle. The taste isn't too overpowering on any levels, the darkness of the chocolate, 55% cocoa solids, aren't too acidic but lead way to a more rich woody depth of flavour with the hazelnut coming through as the truffle melts on the tongue. Although these chocolates feel like they should be extremely bad for you they certainly are not, once again all the ingredients that these contain are completely natural and have no hidden nasties in them. Although I was a fan of these truffles if I had to choose between these and the Raspberry Truffles I reviewed earlier I think I would be slightly more swayed towards the raspberry, to me they just offered a slight different approach and offered a deeper more complex flavour; nevertheless still another great success by Booja Booja!
Taste - 8/10 - A rich deep cocoa flavour, with slight woody hints, tasty but didn't blow me away on flavour as the raspberry ones did.
Texture - 10/10 - The texture of these truffles is like nothing I have ever had before, pure velvet contrasting wonderfully with the hazelnut nibs.
Appearance - 9/10 - Beautifully presented in an ornate shell that means even when the truffles have gone you can still keep the egg for afterwards, either to store things in or to pass on as a gift with a little something inside!
Price - 6/10 - These eggs are pretty expensive they RRP at £9.95 which for 3 chocolate truffles is expensive but I suppose there is the addition of the wonderful egg and if you want to treat someone to something a bit special.
Overall - 8/10 - These chocolates are on quality absolutely divine and the presentation is completely different to anything out there, they just didn't blow me away as much as the raspberry ones.
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