Reviewed by Jo Hardy
Who wouldn’t love a box of chocolates through there letterbox? With Valentine’s Day approaching, this selection of 18 Chocolate Desserts Collection from Lily O’Brien’s would suit so many people, male or female, young or old and because the box will fit through the letterbox you don’t have to worry about the recipient not being at home for the delivery.
My chocolates were well protected and arrived in perfect condition the packaging was very easy to open, and the box had a crisp bright look. There is a nice personal message about the company on the back of the box, all ingredients are listed as well as allergy advice, I was pleased to read the chocolates do not contain any artificial colours or flavours and are suitable for vegetarians.
This sturdy box will withstand lots of handing around if you feel like sharing.
When I removed the lid the little chocolate cups looked so cute all with their different toppings.
The menu card included in the box gave a good description of each variety of chocolate and it was easy to identify them, but the best thing is tasting them. This really is a box full of my favourite desserts combined with my other favourite thing chocolate, so it was difficult for me to decide which one to try first – I went for Key Limey Pie. it was a thick creamy dark chocolate cup with a filling of lime infused truffle, I could have handled more lime but overall it was a good chocolate experience, especially for lovers of dark chocolate.
Next was Hazelnut Torte this is in a white chocolate cup again the chocolate was thick and creamy, and the praline had an intense nutty flavour although topped with dark chocolate. The overall taste was white chocolate, to reinforce the nutty theme there is a sprinkle of finely chopped hazelnuts on top.
Creme Brûlée was my next choice this was in chunky milk chocolate cup the filling of vanilla custard truffle was very creamy and just as indulgent as the desserts of the same name I’ve had in the past.
I was very intrigued by Banoffee Pie, how could they get that taste in a chocolate? Well there’s just a hint of banana but lots of crunchy, creamy caramel and chocolate topped off with some tiny toffee pieces, perfect.
Passion Fruit Posset, I’ve got to admit this is a combination I’ve not had before, it did have a tropical hint but my favourite part was the fluffy white chocolate truffle and of course the thick milk chocolate cup.
Finally, Raspberry Infusion. There is white chocolate truffle in this one too, but the main flavour is the intense dark chocolate and then the sticky raspberry compote topped off with a sprinkle of dried raspberries.
After tasting all the flavours, I couldn’t decide which was my favourite, luckily I ‘had another two of each flavour left so I can go through them all again, twice if I decide not to share.
Overall a lovely grown up box of chocolates with unusual flavours, a perfect gift or after dinner treat, why not take a box next time your invited to a friend’s for dinner they would be lovely with the after-dinner coffee.
For more information or to buy, visit lilyobriens.co.uk.