The London chocolate tour continues thanks to my friend Angelo bringing me just about 40 boxes of truffles on his trip to the US. From Twitter, I asked chocolate pals, what else would be good from London aside from the already requested Paul A. Young and William Curley items? One person suggested Strawberry truffles from Charbonnel et Walker. Looking at their website, I saw Banoffee truffles instead. I love bananas and Banoffee pie more than I love strawberries. I had to request those. Those will be in the next post. But with that truffle assortment came a little heart shaped box of champagne truffles.
About Charbonnel et Walker:
in 1875, Charbonnel et Walker is one of Britain’s earliest
chocolatiers. Encouraged by Edward VII, (then the Prince of Wales), our
company first formed as a partnership between Mrs Walker and Mme.
Charbonnel, the latter from the Maison Boissier chocolate house in
Paris. Our original shop opened at 173 New Bond Street in Mayfair and
has remained in Bond Street ever since. It is now housed in one of
London’s elegant arcades, the Royal Arcade on Old Bond Street. We feel
much pride and privilege to be endorsed by the Royal Warrant as
chocolate manufacturers to Her Majesty The Queen.
Charbonnel et Walker chocolates are hand-made according to traditional recipes. We are particularly renowned for our dark chocolate, made from the finest dark couverture, which has a luscious richness and unforgettable silky taste. Our luxurious hand made boxes, satin ribbons and complimentary gift-wrapping complete the perfect gift for every occasion. We are certain that a beautifully presented box of Charbonnel et Walker chocolates will delight any recipient as an exquisite expression of your care and affection.
Pink milk chocolate truffles with butter and champagne coated in powdered sugar.
Buttery and milky truffles. Incredibly sweet and boozy flavor. The aroma is very boozy, and it has a big boozy kick on the taste. It envelops the palate with boozy esters. Soft milk chocolate center. They kind of have a strawberry-ish taste on them from the milk, butters, and thick white chocolate and powdered sugar shell around the truffle. It finished with a lingering milky taste that is cloying like white chocolate. Artificial tasting, and cloying milky flavors drown out this truffle. But the champagne is a high point.
Very rich and sugary. Too sweet for me but I do appreciate a good boozy truffle. They did not go skimpy and for that alone I give these high praise. They are not handmade quality and taste manufactured, but the strong boozy champagne in it is a winner.
These get a D+ for over all cheap tasting truffles. But they get an A on the side for good booze flavor with the milk chocolate and champagne. They say handmade on their website, but unfortunately they taste very artificial. I wouldn't recommend them for a true chocolate lover, but they are cute and packaged prettily for a nice little gift for perhaps your co-workers or the boozer in your family you want to get a gift for but not go over the top on.