September 9th: Galler Cointreau / Grand Marnier

We have another ChocolateMission first today as I bring you a '2 for 1' Galler review featuring some of the bars recently requested by readers. As I'm sure you will have cottoned on from the post title, both bars featured today came from Galler's alcohol filled bars selection - the Galler Cointreau and the Galler Grand Marnier.

Despite working in a bar for well over a year during my University days, I wasn't all that sure what either of these spirits were, so I consulted my 'go-to' resource Wikipedia for further details:

Cointreau: "is a brand of triple sec liqueur, and is produced in Saint-Barthélemy-d'Anjou, a suburb of Angers, France." (For more See HERE)

Grand Marnier: "is a liqueur created in 1880 by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle. It is made from a blend of true cognacs and distilled essence of bitter orange. Grand Marnier is 40% alcohol (80 proof)." (For more See HERE)

Both these bars came in the standard 70.0g Galler filled bar size which were split in to the four over sized chunked blocks. As you will see in my photos below, both were up to the usual impeccable Galler presentation standards, with the fillings and outer chocolates nicely contrasting in colour tones to make some impactful looking products.

Kcal 498 Fat 30.9g Fat(sats) 18.5g Carbs 47.1g (per 100.0g)

"White chocolate with Cointreau filling"

This chocolate created a great aesthetic impact with it's crisp looking outer chocolate and plentiful dark coloured filling. The exterior white chocolate that coated the inner truffle centres was everything I was expecting it to be, and was just as high in quality as all the other Galler white chocolate bars I have experienced before. It was thick and soft in melt, and released the most gorgeous double cream like flavours as soon as it entered the mouth. During the latter stages of the melt the white chocolate introduced a brief flirtation of vanilla, though it had an abrupt end as the milk chocolate boozie filling well and truly came to the party. The richer tasting centre had stronger cocoa inclinations, however it was the Cointreau flavours that really took hold of the taste. The alcohol flavours were finely balanced and were neither too strong or too weak for my liking. The rest of my family commented at how they liked the slight warmth the Cointreau filling brought to the mouth and how it left a long lasting alcohol note in the mouth.

8.6 out of 10

Kcal 483 Fat 27.7g Fat(sats) 17.4g Carbs 51.8g (per 100.0g)

"Dark chocolate with Grand Marnier filling"

I have to say I have never tried Grand Marnier in my lifetime so it was lucky I had a few reinforcements at hand to help me judge this one. If I start with the outer dark chocolate, what more can I say about Galler's capabilities in this area!? Once again the 60% recipe was totally delicious and provided a gloriously rich set of smokey cocoa flavours as soon as it entered my mouth. The melt as ever was utterly divine, slowly melting away to reveal a spongier, lighter textured centre to the moister truffle like filling of the Cointreau bar above. Indeed, the Grand Marnier filling had more of fondant feel about it, though it wasn't as sugary or grainy feeling as the likes of anything like Fry's etc. Taste wise some members of my family commented that it wasn't boozie enough for them, however the lack of alcoholic kick worried me very little and I just enjoyed the zesty hints of orange that were on offer. The aftertaste wasn't as long or as rich as the Cointreau, but personally speaking I enjoyed the taste just as much.

8.3 out of 10

Overall these alcohol themed bars were every bit as good as the other options I have tried from Galler's filled bars range, and I would happily recommend either to anyone that enjoys the two spirits that have been focused on today. Compared to some other manufacturers (I'm looking directly at you Hotel Chocolat!!) the alcohol content and effect on the taste was just about right for my liking. Especially in the Cointreau bar, all members of my family agreed that the influence the spirit had on the chocolate was just about spot on, the Grand Marnier probably could have done with a little bit of an extra alcohol kick to it, but the juicy orange flavours were delicious nonetheless and complimented the dark chocolate exterior quite wonderfully. If you enjoy alcohol flavoured chocolates then these are both very worthy of a look at.