I reviewed a box of NelleUlla chocolates quite a while ago here and after browsing their website I really wanted to order a selection box of my own, where I could choose the flavours that would be included, so I opted for a box of 16 and happily went about choosing out of the wide selection of flavours on offer. They turned up a couple of weeks later, all intact and looked great.
I opted for a mix of 'classic' and more 'unusual' flavours and even some with alcohol in - I know shock horror, but I figured that the alcohol may not be particularly strong in these truffles. All the truffles are a good decent size and all have a good ratio of filling to chocolate. I've taken the descriptions, in italics, from NelleUlla's website.
Almond Coconut - Coconut cream and white chocolate truffle, decorated with sliced
almonds. Fine, fragile, imperceptibly light. Rolled by delicate hands of
the Northern maidens, gathered from the forests in folds of their ball
gowns. True and sophisticated.
The filling was
meant to be coconut based but all in all I actually ended up getting
more of an almond flavour from the pieces on the outer shell. I would
have maybe liked to have seen this with the addition of desiccated
coconut on the outside to add an extra dimension and boost the coconut
Almond - Almond cream and dark chocolate truffle adorned with Californian almond
chips. Wild, rich and slightly prickly.
Just like the wild Northern
maidens. Untamed and authentic truffle.
I think this would have
worked better with milk chocolate to complement the creaminess of the
almond filling, the dark chocolate just intensified the eat of it a bit
too much for my liking but this could just be personal preference.
Hazelnut - Milk chocolate truffle with hazelnut filling, decorated with crushed
hazelnuts. Intense, like the light of opera’s chandelier. Made from the
nuts found deep in the forest, grand like thunder claps. Very powerful
and genuine truffle.
I think it was fairly
obvious from the outset that I was going to love this chocolate, I mean
hazelnut has to be one of my top ingredients to be used in chocolate and
this truffle had everything you could possibly want. Creamy, smooth
filling, crunchy crushed hazelnuts, like the creamiest Ferrero Rocher
Pistachio - Green pistachio cream fills a dark chocolate truffle decorated with
pistachio nuts. Captivating and delicate like the shine on a Northern
maiden’s satin dress. The subject of dreams and nurtured by hand. True
and desirable is this truffle.
tried this one previously and loved it. Smooth, luxurious with a lovely
subtle pistachio flavour. Balances well with the deeper dark chocolate
and is a delicious, classic eat.
Pina Colada - Milk chocolate truffle with a Pina Colada filling adorned with
freeze-dried pineapple pieces. Effervescent and tangy like ice in the
rushing spring rivers. The taste of freedom and the feeling of wildness.
Inspired, true and wise truffle.
I feel like this
would have worked a lot better with white chocolate as opposed to a milk
chocolate shell, I just felt that it took away the lightness and
creaminess of the pineapple and coconut. However it still was a pleasant
eat and the rum was nicely subtle.
Gingerbread - Milk chocolate truffle with gingerbread bits and spices, decorated with
white chocolate. Like a warm breath on a frozen window. Sweet and
peppery, wrapped in chocolate. A little wild thing, our close
I adored this one last time and
felt exactly the same this time round. Wonderful, well rounded spice
flavour and a gorgeous crunchy, nibbly texture.
Saffron - A delicate saffron cream truffle in glazed milk chocolate, adorned with
bronze powder. Proud and dignified, overseas princess. Northern maidens’
journeys hunting for spices and capturing saffron. Exquisite and
With a slight smoky flavour I didn't feel
this screamed saffron at me, like the description on the website it is
quite a delicate overall flavour despite having quite a strong alcoholic
tang, it was pleasant but not incredible.
Strawberry - Strawberry cream and white chocolate truffle adorned with freeze-dried
strawberry pieces. True and full. Free and wild. Grown in the Northern
land and nurtured by the hands of the Northern maidens. Honest and
A light, fresh strawberry eat.
Thankfully not artificial tasting or sickly whatsoever with a nice
intensity added from the freeze dried strawberry pieces.
Egg Liquor - Egg Nog liqueur cream and dark chocolate truffle adorned with white
chocolate curls. Sweet and happy, dizzy and honest. Like weightless snow
dances. Like goose bumps from happiness. A sensual and authentic kind
I love anything eggnog flavoured normally, that warming
winter flavour that reminds me of Christmastime. However I didn't really
get a lot of that from this chocolate and searching the ingredients
list I couldn't find any mention of the use of spices such as nutmeg, so
you are left with just a creamy, sweet, tasting chocolate with a slight
tang from the alcohol. I feel the addition of nutmeg could have taken
this chocolate to another level.
Dark Chocolate - Dark chocolate cream glazed in excellent 53% dark chocolate. Brash and
confident, mighty and powerful Like a hundred year old Linden tree or an
ancient stone. Like an uncut diamond in an opera diva's necklace. Rich
and truthful truffle.
Using a 53% dark chocolate
means this truffle wasn't too acidic or bitter but instead, when
balanced with the cream, gives a luxurious, sumptuous eat. Very well
balanced and exactly what you would look for in a good dark chocolate
Liquorice Raspberry - White chocolate truffle with liquorice cream filling, covered with a
velvety raspberry powder. Deep and heartfelt as the morning song of
forest birds. Discovered and honed to perfection by the Northern
maidens. Excellent and delightful.
also tried this one before as well and loved it. As stated previously I
really feel that liquorice works well with chocolate and the sharper
tang from the raspberry and the creaminess from the white chocolate is
just a match made in heaven.
Apricot - Apricot cream truffle in white chocolate, decorated with apricot pieces.
Light and fresh like a summer’s day. Carefree edge of a skirt in a
breeze. Caught by Northern maidens and set in a white chocolate skin.
True and playful truffle.
Apricot is quite a
delicate flavour and this comes through in the chocolate, a subtle,
creamy eat and nice to see apricot used in a chocolate, it's not a
flavour you often come across.
Bailey's - Milk chocolate truffle filled with Bailey’s liqueur cream, decorated
with chocolate curls in two colours. Unbelievably delicate. Like a cloud,
like opera curtain’s velvet. It recalls memories and celebrates passing
days. Truthful and intense.
Exactly what you want from a Bailey's based product, creamy with a subtle alcohol hint, the filling was smooth and melt in the mouth with a nice textural contrast from both the chocolate shell and chocolate curls.
Apple Cinnamon - Milk chocolate truffle with a cinnamon filling, decorated with
freeze-dried apple pieces. A garland of dried apples swings from branch
to branch. Sprinkled with eastern spices, it’s the Northern maiden’s
secret. Nuanced and truthful.
The freeze dried
apples on the outside of the truffle added a lovely chewy texture to the
eat of the chocolate. A warming, lightly spiced eat with a good apple
and cinnamon flavour.
Peppermint - Peppermint cream in dark chocolate truffle, decorated in green sugar
grains. Fresh as a mound of emerald ice. Sharp and strong, beautiful and
powerful like the Northern winter. This truffle is real and true.
eating a really creamy mint choc chip ice cream. Smooth, refreshing
peppermint filling contrasting against a deeper dark chocolate shell.
Caramel - A caramel cream and milk chocolate truffle decorated with Paillete
Feuilletine. Light and delicate like lace gloves, or morning dew drop
gems. Full of the Northern maidens’ light, inspiration and fervour.
Well-rounded and honest truffle.
Possibly one of my favourite truffles in the selection; the textural contrasts were spot on with a gorgeous nibbly feuilletine coating and a delicious creamy caramel filling. It reminded me of a high end version of one of my all time favourite chocolate bars, Mars Delight, that sadly got discontinued a few years ago.
Out of all of the truffles I've tried from NelleUlla I have yet to come across a really bad chocolate, everyone I've tried has been pretty good, gorgeous textures and great flavours.
Taste - 8.4/10 - Flavours executed well, nice mixture of both classic flavours and more unusual ones.
Texture - 9.0/10 - Creaminess and smoothness of fillings are spot on. Some nice textural contrasts in some of the truffles with the addition of crunchy pieces on the outer shell.
Appearance - 8.0/10 - Pretty looking chocolates.
Price - 7.5/10 - Each truffle is €1.21 and then with shipping I think the box of 16 came to about
€30, quite reasonable for a higher end, good quality box of truffles.
Overall - 8.2/10 - Delicious and offer something for everyone.
Would be great for a gift for someone, especially for someone looking to maybe try something a bit different.
WHERE TO BUY?
Online from NelleUlla's website here.