It's been quite some time since we've reviewed any of Booja Booja's products on the blog and since then they've brought out quite a few new goodies. For those of you who aren't familiar Booja Booja produced organic truffles that are suitable for vegans and are dairy and gluten free.
This No 2 truffle selection was presented in a gorgeous purple box and inside were 4 different truffle flavours, 3 of each, so a total of 12 truffles. You get : Rhubarb & Vanilla, Hazelnut, Banoffee Toffee and Almond & Sea Salt. Each truffle is a generous size and coated in a wonderful dose of cocoa powder.
Rhubarb & Vanilla Fool Truffle - 'British rhubarb meddled with a creamy vanilla fool'I was quite skeptical as to how well the rhubarb flavour would come through in this. Booja Booja's truffles are quite rich and intense so I thought that the rhubarb flavour might be lost slightly, as it normally works better with lighter flavour bases. However I was thoroughly impressed as a great sharp kick of rhubarb flavour still manages to make it's appearance in this truffle, balanced with a subtle vanilla undertone.
Hazelnut Truffle - 'Made with sweet, roasted Italian hazelnuts'I'd tried this variety before and loved it. I pretty much always love hazelnut based chocolates and this was no exception. The truffle has a gorgeous, melt in the mouth texture and the hazelnut praline style filling is the perfect balance between sweet and nutty.
Banoffee Toffee Truffle - 'Creamy rich toffee and banana'I had also tried this truffle quite some time ago, back in 2011 almost to the date, in my review there I remember being slightly underwhelmed with the flavour. I'm not sure whether they've changed the recipe but I was far more impressed this time round. The banana flavour comes through well, but not artificially so, whilst the little pockets of toffee sauce add a nice sweet caramel flavour to the overall eat.
Almond & Sea Salt Caramel Truffle - 'Made with chewy, gooey salted caramel and almond'From the description I was imagining that this would be more liquid filled than than of the banoffee toffee truffle; I was however slightly disappointed when I bit into it. There isn't a lot of salted caramel to it and I felt the flavour was slightly lost in the deepness of the rich chocolate truffle. There is a slight undertone of nutty almond and a hint of caramel but when I hear 'salted caramel' I expect some sort of flavour punch. Nice but I think it would have been better if they had just called it a 'salted almond truffle', as this meets expectations more.
I think one of the main things to look for as the mark of a good 'alternative' chocolate - i.e. sugar free/dairy free/vegan etc is as to whether you would be happy to eat it even if you weren't trying to follow the alternative principle. This is certainly the case for Booja Booja's truffles - whether you are vegan or not they are absolutely delicious chocolates to eat. The truffles have a wonderful, rich texture and the flavours are really well balanced. The only downside is the slight mess you get on your hands/round your mouth from the generous cocoa powder covering....but that could all be part of the fun.
Taste - 7.5/10 - A nice box of chocolates that feels indulgent yet satisfying.
Texture - 8.7/10 - I love the texture of Booja Booja's truffles, melt in the mouth.
Appearance - 8.4/10 - Good size, well presented in a pretty looking box.
Price - 8.6/10 - Currently on offer at £10.36 at Ethical Superstore, for 138g, 12 chocolates, a bargain really when you consider that these are not only 'alternative' chocolates but also really good quality.
Overall - 8.3/10 - A luxurious truffle treat!
WHO FOR?A great gift for any chocolate lover - whether you're following a vegan based diet or not!
WHERE TO BUY?
You can buy these from Ethical Superstore here.