It would be safe to say that I'm a praline addict; if you've been reading this blog for a while you'll know that it's very rare of me to turn town such a delicious nutty treat; so you can imagine my delight when a friend of mine brought me this huge Casino Rocher Praline Noir back from his travels.
Made by a French chocolate company it is a hazelnut praline coated in dark chocolate; although you can also get milk varieties which I'm sure are equally as tasty..and the biggest bonus..that it is about 3/4 times larger than the standard size praline you may be be used to in your regular chocolate box.
It's safe to say that after tucking into this you'll be left feeling satisfied; the filling is sweet, creamy and nutty whilst the dark chocolate provides a nice bitter contrast, I'm not sure what the milk variety would be like but I can imagine it could quite easily be sickly sweet as the praline centre is obviously not your high end luxurious praline but more of a down to earth, sweet, cheap n cheerful offering.
That's not to say it's not good! In fact I often prefer my pralines with a bit of sugar; I feel it enhances the experience and overall flavour.
The texture is probably the only area where this Rocher Praline was a bit of a let down; to me pralines should be really creamy, melt in the mouth, akin to floating away on a cloud of luxurious heaven. Unfortunately this praline centre was quite dry and although the chopped pieces of nuts added a nice crunch to the overall experience it wasn't the smoothest praline I've had by a long shot!
Nevertheless there's not a chance if I was offered another one of these that I would turn it down and any praline lovers would still thoroughly enjoy this!
Taste - 6.9/10 - A good nutty sweet flavour that contrasted nicely with the dark chocolate. Not amazing, but still tasty.
Texture - 5.7/10 - Unfortunately the texture wasn't the creamiest or smoothest of fillings.
Appearance - 5.8/10 - A good decent size but plainly packaged.
Price - NA/10 - I'm not sure what these are priced at but I've heard you can buy them from most French grocery chains so I presume they're relatively cheap.
Overall - 6.1/10 - A tasty cheap n cheerful praline!
WHO FOR?Anyone that loves pralines will adore this; I would have been interested to try the milk version to see how that fared.
WHERE TO BUY?
This is probably one you're going to have to pick up on your travels as I presume its only available across Europe.