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Monday, February 14, 2011
A Nestle NOIR Valentine's Day Treat
So when I was recently shopping for Valentine's chocolates for my family (they like the commercial stuff), I saw a box of Nestle NOIR L'Assortiment "Les Favoris des Connoisseurs". I hadn't tried these yet, so I thought, "why not?" and bought the box. To justify the purchase, I promptly gave it to my husband and told him to hide it for Valentine's Day, when he could take it out of hiding and give it to me as my present. I was happy and he was even happier.
After having eaten about eight of these chocolates today, I am compelled to say that I am happy with the flavours that Nestle has chosen for this box of truffles. I am not, however, completely happy with the ingredients list. It starts out okay, with "sugar, cacoa paste, hazelnuts, milk powder..." but then it gets into items like vegetable oil, hydrogenated vegetable oil and 'flavour' (listed only in French on the box as "arome". I am particularly turned off by the use of hydrogenated vegetable oil. I just think that, with all we know nowadays about being healthy, no manufacturer should be using hydrogenated oils in their food products anymore.
That said, in reviewing the taste and flavours, I liked the "Exquise" the best, which is a smooth dark chocolate truffle that has crispy rounds bits on the top, which add a nice textural element. I ate the crunchy bits off the top first, then indulged in the smooth centre. The "Coquillage" was also very good, as it was another smooth dark truffle, but with the addition of crunchy carmelized cocoa nibs.