I know you can buy Godiva chocolates virtually anywhere in the world now but going into their shop in NYC I just felt that I had to pick something up, and anything that says "Limited Edition" always stands out to me, I always feel compelled to buy it incase I never get the chance again as it's swiped off the shelves never to be made again!
It's made even better by the fact that such Limited Edition product sounded really tasty; Godiva's Ultimate Dessert Truffles, these can be bought in a x4, x12 or x23 box. I opted for the x12 box thinking that I would get all 12 flavours that had been produced; however I was wrong and my box was missing 3 of them but still had a nice selection : Chocolate Éclair, 2 Strawberry Creme Tarte, 2 Caramel Apple Tarte, Chocolate Soufflé, Creme Brulée, Carrot Cake, 2 Vanilla Mousse, Red Velvet Cake and Chocolate Lava Cake.
The truffles are really substantial looking and tasting; weighing in at around 20g a truffle these are quite hefty and not delicate whatsoever, the chocolate shell is extremely thick and gives a good bite when exposing the inner centre, of which in some of the truffles is split into 2, in which each may contain a different filling in order to create the overall dessert experience.
As with most chocolate selection boxes there were some hits and misses but all of the chocolates were at least edible, in that the flavours worked, albeit a couple were just a bit boring. The Vanilla Mousse was a bit of a let down, which is saddening really as there were 2 of these in the box; I just found that the actual vanilla ganache centre was a bit dry and didn't have a particularly strong vanilla taste being overpowered slightly by the dark chocolate shell.
Another let down was the Chocolate Soufflé, containing a dark chocolate ganache enrobed in dark chocolate, again I found it a bit boring whilst the dark ganache was a bit dry once more. Having said that all of the truffles I found to be quite pleasantly tasty, the Chocolate Éclair and the Creme Bruléé were highlights for me with both giving a wonderful custard flavour and actually tasting like the real thing, whilst the Carrot Cake also did a great job of pairing a spice carrot ganache paired with frosting in a milk chocolate shell and the Chocolate Lava Cake, although not being particularly ground breaking in terms of flavour did a great job of encapsulating the liquid oozing centre.
The only downside to this box of truffles is the higher price tag it carries; at $25 for 12 truffles these work out at just over $2 a truffle, which is in a similar price range to some superior chocolatiers works; however it really just depends what you're looking for, a substantial filling hefty truffle from Godiva or something a bit more fine and elegant, either way I enjoyed these and was glad I picked them up to try out.
Taste - 8.1/10 - Some were really good, some were a bit boring, but overall a pleasant box of chocolates.
Texture - 7.8/10 - Really thick shells but also lots of filling also on the interior so the proportion wasn't let down.
Appearance - 8/10 - They look really pretty in terms of both the packaging and the way the truffles were presented.
Price - 6/10 - These are let down a bit by how expensive they are; I think if they priced themselves more along the Hotel Chocolat line it would be more reasonable,
Overall - 7.4/10 - A lot better than some of the other Godiva products I've tried and worth a shot.
Well, you have to be able to justify the price tag, but in terms of flavour, most will enjoy the truffles.
WHERE TO BUY?
Any Godiva Store or the website.