Isn't the name a bit of a mouthful? Well whilst popping into my local Co-op to top up on a few essentials recently I saw these "Co-Op Truly Irresistible Fair-trade Belgian Milk Chocolate Hand Dusted Marc de Champagne Truffles" reduced from £3 to £1 - perhaps people got bored whilst reading the product name and just went to purchase what they already had in their basket?
One thing that really has started to annoy me recently is chocolate that has the words "luxury" to describe the contents, when the cocoa content is lower than Mississippi marshland resident's IQ and they invest diddly-squat into using the finest in ingredients. It seems that anyone can't put "luxury" on their packaging and get away with it. The problem is that many people buy "luxury" cheap chocolate, don't get too excited about it and the really luxurious chocolate misses out because no-one will feel inclined to spend more on it.
Now, thankfully, these truffles don't expressly state "luxury" on the box but they do, however, try and give the impression that the truffles are fine with their 'truly irresistible' note and the fact (?) that they are hand dusted. Well for me, there was nothing 'irresistible' about them. Perhaps it’s because I'm in the fortunate position to try some of the world's best chocolate that I don't really appreciate these too much. They may be fruity and dusty, but they're not a patch on the Charbonnel et Walker Pink Champagne Truffles I reviewed last year. I know they're ten times the price, but for me, if you're buying Marc de Champagne Truffles then why buy inferior products? If you did really want great Marc de Champagne truffles then go for the Booja Booja Champagne Truffles. But people should also realise that price is not necessarily a guide to quality as can be experienced with the Fortnum & Mason Rosé Champagne Truffles.
I know we can't expect too much from a £3 box of Marc de Champagne chocolate truffles, but they did look decidedly average in the box. There are eight of them - all of which look as if they don't want to be there. They seem to the battery farming equivalent of chocolate truffle production: unloved, unwanted. The raw ingredients could have been put to so much better use.
The shell was thick and crunchy, just like Charbonnel et Walker make their truffles. But with these, the shape was far less regular than the almost perfect and regimented than their more expensive cousins. Looking like fun-packed, chocolate filled miniature snowballs; they actually tasted as if all the snow had melted and you're left with the remnants of a crashed up sledging competition. Perhaps that is hyperbole. It's just there's nothing exemplary about these truffles. They're very sweet, slightly acidic, too sharp and, well, mutton dressed up as lamb.