Thorntons Premium Collection

Kcal 540 Fat 34g Fat (Sats) 21g Carbs 52g (per 100g)

Although Thorntons are essentially your run of the mill high street brand, the Derbyshire-based company do make a good effort at making their products look and feel that little bit more special and high end. A perfect example is their Premium Collection, which can be found in a variety of sizes, starting from a small 105g pack up to its largest 366g box, which contains no less that 30 chocolates. I was lucky enough to receive the latter as a gift, so I don’t know how much they cost, but a mosey over to Thornton’s website shows a 200g gift box for £6, which is a fair price for a mid range product such as this.

A mix of red and gold patterning gives the box a stylish appearance and the menu is conveniently tacked onto the front, so you know what you’re getting before you buy. Thorntons describe their Premium Collection as ‘a sumptuous range of indulgent truffles, mousses, and pralines’, and there is no question that they do provide a great variety of flavours and textures to tickle your fancy.

Crunchy Praline

Perhaps not the most visually interesting of the bunch, the Crunchy Praline turns out to have a surprise under its semi-sweet scented dark shell. As well as the expected crunchy pieces of hazelnut, the praline has a unique saltiness that enhances all the other flavours and strangely enough gives the chocolate additional fruity tones. 8/10
Vanilla Velvet

Although Thorntons state they use no artificial flavouring or colours, the Vanilla Velvet does taste slightly fake – maybe because of the sweetness. The light mousse filling does, however have a lovely and fluffy marshmallow like feel in the mouth. 7.5/10

Triple Chocolate Mousse

I think the creative team got a little carried away when writing the blurb for the Triple Chocolate Mousse, which they describe as ‘truly indulgent’ and ‘drenched in milk chocolate’. While it doesn’t quite live up to that standard, it is admittedly one of the best in the box, with a soft rich filling that melts in the mouth. 8/10

Orange Truffle

When it comes to gift boxes, I usually associate the seemingly obligatory red foil wrapped heart with a strawberry crème, but in the case of Thorntons, it is masking an Orange Truffle. Orange flavoured chocolates can be very hit and miss and it usually depends on how sweet they are. Fortunately in this instance, there is just the right balance. It is, however, let down by its crunchy texture. I don’t mind crunch in a praline, but this is meant to be a smooth ganache. It is also a bit disconcerting, when you can’t actually tell where the crunchiness is coming from. 7/10

Cafe Latte

The name of this chocolate made me think it was going to be my favourite, but it but ended up rather underwhelming. The Cafe Latte lacks any real scent and its white chocolate shell is pretty tasteless. The mousse tastes of a very mellow milky coffee with at least three sugars. They missed a trick here, as it would have been the perfect opportunity to create a bitter contrast to the rest of the collection. 6/10

Caramel Divine

You don’t get any sweeter than the Caramel Divine. It has a beautifully soft textured creamy ganache, and a lovely buttery flavour, but it is over powered by a cringing sweetness. 6.5/10

Marc De Champagne

While the Triple Chocolate Mousse was ‘drenched in milk chocolate’, here, the Marc De Champagne has been ‘enveloped in layers of velvety dark chocolate’. A little pretentious perhaps, but the semi-sweet shell works very well with the champagne-infused ganache, which is both rich and smooth. 8.5/10

Dual Layered Praline

While most pralines are either made with dark or milk chocolate, the Dual Layered Praline has not just a milk hazelnut praline, but also a white praline as the base. The filling (which has of course been ‘smothered’ in chocolate) has a creamy nutty taste with a texture similar to that of soft nougat. 8.5/10

Caramel Meltaway

I think the Caramel Meltaway has to be my favourite in the collection. The filling and shell are not that distinguishable in appearance, which makes it look like a simple solid milk chocolate; take a bite, however, and the caramel centre reveals itself as it melts. The texture is very similar to that of a Lindor Truffle. 8.5/10

Amaretto Truffle

The Amaretto Truffle has a double layered shell, which secretly hides crunchy caramel pieces in between. Although it contains no coffee, it very much reminds me of a coffee liqueur, in which sugar is stuck around the rim of your glass. The sweetness of the truffle does diminishes the flavour of the amaretto slightly, and I think it would have worked better if it had some bitter coffee notes. 7.5/10

Thornton’s Signature

Thornton’s Signature milk chocolate recipe is said to be made from 100% cocoa butter. Forgive my maths, but wouldn’t that mean it was just…well…cocoa butter? Surely to make milk chocolate there needs to be some other ingredients as well. Milk for one. And cacao liqueur. And given the sweetness, I’m sure there is a goodly amount of sugar in there too. Moulded into the shape of an sliced orange segment, the chocolate is very thin and does not have much taste. Considering it is their signature recipe, it is disappointing. 6/10

Presentation: 8.5
Aroma: 6
Taste: 7
Sustenance: 7.5
Texture: 8.5
Overall: 7.5