October 22nd: Halloren Original Limoncello

Kcal 431 Fat 13.0g Carbs 69.0g (per 100.0g)

It's not all that often we get ChocolateMission debuts anymore, but today we have the German brand Haloren making their first appearance on the site. Shamelessy nicking some quick facts from Wiki: 'The Halloren Chocolate Factory (German: Halloren Schokoladenfabrik) is the oldest German chocolate factory. The first mention of the firm is recorded in 1804, and their most famous product is the "Halloren-Kugeln", or Halloren globes, which receive their name from the early salt workers, whose buttons the chocolates resemble'. Like many German brands the number of flavours offered by Halloren is really quite astounding. Thanks to ChocolateMission reader Franzi, I today got the chance to try these Limoncello Kugeln pieces, which are a special edition flavour for 2010.

These Halloren Limoncello schokolades came in a box which had a net weight of 125.0g and 16 chocolate pieces. The presentation of the product as a whole was very satisfactory. The box clearly communicated the flavour variant on offer and had very clear Halloren branding. The chocolates were also similarly impressive looking with the fondant like centres dual toned with yellow and white coloured halves. Sat within their plastic tray, the chocolates didn't emanate the strongest set of aromas ever, but there were intermittent suggestions of lemon and of course chocolate.

For those of you wondering what Limoncello is, please again let me refer to my pals at Wiki: 'Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy, and is traditionally served chilled as an after dinner digestivo' ... don't tell me you don't learn something every day on this website :D Anyway, these Limoncello centres were covered by a thin layer of 33% cocoa chocolate. In terms of quality it was a little difficult to determine just how good the chocolate was given the dominance of the lemon flavoured centre. Frankly it had very little input in the taste aside from the very early stages of the chocolates being in mouth, upon where I thought it generated a sufficient volume of unsweetened cocoa flavours. These chocolates were all about the Limoncello centres which were very sweet and fondant like in nature. The taste was heavily rooted in sugar, but the citrusy lemon flavours brought a refreshing, fruity flavour set to the party. Due to the sweetness these weren't chocolates I felt like I could consume in vast quantities, but I can imagine that eaten after a meal they would do a nice job of cleansing ones palette.

Overall this was solid, yet unspectacular first outing for Halloren on the site which I think is reflected by the round about average score of 7.0 out of 10. If it is a serious chocolate based confectionery you are after, I can straight away tell you that Halloren isn't the product you want to be looking at. The actual chocolate in the product was insignificant in the grand scheme things, and it was the Limoncello flavoured centres that unsurprisingly took centre stage. If I was being overly critical I would probably say that if you were to eat a whole box of these by yourself, the likelihood is that you would find the taste a little monotonous once you had got to the final few. Another thing worth bearing in mind for you liqueur chocolate fans is that the alcohol didn't really come through in the taste given the level of sweetness. This wasn't such a disappointment for me, but it was certainly noteworthy. These were by no means the greatest of products I have ever tried, but they certainly made me curious about trying more of the Halloren flavours.

7.0 out of 10