I just glanced across and looked at the box of Ferrero Roche that's been sitting there since Christmas (I've been saving it!) having munched my way through thorntons and a few others I thought, umm I fancy a Ferrero Roche tonight - then a thought struck me - I haven't reviewed these yet what a perfect opportunity.
Being young at heart I had thought these had been around forever but I have just discovered they were first made in 1982 by an Italian company!! Roche apparently comes from the French and means 'rock'.
I was given the box with Ferrero collection in. I've always been a fan of the original Ferrero Roche so was looking forward to trying the other types too. There is the Ferrero Rondnoir and the Raffaello.
I have to mention this because in the first place it has just taken me 5 minutes to get into the box - that's far too long for a yummy box of chocolates! it's that sticky tape that goes around the edge of the plastic box, I peeled the first bit and it broke after 2cm by which time the 'end' has gone so I have to scratch a bit off to start again - off I go and again after 2cm it broke, grr! so this time carefully and very slowly I start to peel back the tape - it broke at about 5cm, I tried to pull the box appart desperate to get in but no it wasn't going to budge so yet again I scatched a bit back and peeled it really really slowly and got a bit further and round a corner (the box is rectangular by the way!), by now I'm feeling a little impatient and my mouth is watering at the contents inside but I can't get to them! After a few more attempts and remembering to keep the speed just right I finally manage to get all the tape off and yes you have to get it all off to be able to open the box! Finally I'm in!!
I always think Ferrero Roche's presentation is wonderful, the individual wrappings are lovely and then to see them all laid out makes them look really really special. This particular box has 3 Rondnoir's, 9 Ferrero Roche originals and 3 Raffaello's!
Lets start with the originals which have been around the longest. They are wrapped individually which I always like because there's an experience just in unwrapping them awaiting the taste. The gold wrappers make them look rich and inviting, the chocolate is wrapped in gold and then sits inside a little casing. Inside are round chocolates, the consist of a round wafer with soft ozzy chocolate and a nut inside, on the outside of the wafer is solid chocolate with little nuggets of nuts.
There are in my opinion a few ways to eat these and I usually try each one out every time so I have to have at least three! There's the pop the whole chocolate in at once option - and yes it's really possible just about! It usually means I end up with a mouthful of chocolate and nuts all going round at once and feeling a bit greedy! The second option which I favour the most is to bite very carefully the outer chocolate off all round so that it leaves the wafer shell, then bite off half the wafer shell and some of the soft chocolate and finally eat the last bit of the soft chocolate with the nut! Finally the third option is to just bite a chunk off and enjoy, they usually break in half so then you pop the second half in and munch away.
This is a dark chocolate version, it's a strange wrapping as it feels like part of it is missing as it's not a cylinder shape it's got a flat bottom. The chocolate is individually wrapped in dark brown wrapping and sits nicely inside it's little paper case. Inside is a sort of bobbly texture dark chocolate which coats a round but not perfectly cylindrical wafer, inside the wafer is soft creamy dark filling with a hazlenut. I like this chocolate a lot as it's not too nutty this one, it's not so easy to find various ways to eat though as it's a bit more crumbly!
These are an interesting addition as they are quite different to the others. I'm least keen on these even though i do like coconut. They're just a bit too sweet I think. These are individually wrapped with a see through cellophane and sit in the little cases like the others do. Inside the same layers of wafer as the other chocolates however this time it's coated in a very fine icing type stuff with coconut stuck to it, inside the chocolate is a creamy white centre with an almond. Again this one is quite hard to eat, it's quite squidgy and breaks easily, I find that the coconut falls off as well so it makes quite a mess! They are still tasty but not my favourite.
I tend to find I can't go too mad with Ferrero Roche of any kind, they are quite sweet and filling but a fantastic lovely treat, it means the box lasts longer as there's never that many in a box so one or two every now and again with a hot drink to wash it down is lovely.
There are so many variety of prices for different amounts, in general I think it's fair to say that for the very small gift boxes they're about £3.00 for 8 from Asda (Jan 2014) up to around £20 or £30 for the huge huge boxes. The box I have reviewed here a version of 32 chocolates is £8 from Ocado (Jan 2014) I couldn't find the 15 size that I have and it was a gift so I don't know the actual cost! I think they are expensive but they're worth it for the special gift and everyone know's they're expensive so you're saying something when you buy a box of Ferrero Rocher.
Word of warning
Contains nuts!! all of the chocolates contain nuts so if you're allergic avoid alltogether.
Every Christmas without fail we have to have a box or two of Ferrero Rocher in the cupboard, it just isn't Christmas without them!
I have never been a fan of nutty chocolate but give me one of these little chocolate balls and I'm hooked. As a child, we only ever had these at Christmas so I see them as treat for now and then rather than an everyday chocolate hit. They are available in many different sized packages from the small 4 pack to the huge boxes that contain different flavours. Aside from the original milk chocolate flavour in the trademark gold packaging they are now also available in dark chocolate (dark brown and gold wrapper) and white chocolate (silver wrapper) as I am not a fan of dark nor white chocolate, I have not tried these varieties.
Everything about them screams luxury from the delicate gold wrapping, to the crackling of that first bite. The shape of these chocolate is sphere, with a nutty chocolate outer shell. Once you bite through this layer you are met with a delightful nut croquante and a whole hazelnut is hidden in the centre, waiting to be discovered. They have a very smooth taste that feels amazing in your mouth but there is also lots of different textures going on to keep your taste buds on their toes! It's like a mini chocolate explosion for your mouth. Chocoholic heaven!
They are not overly nutty, I don't think and feel like a very indulgent treat. Ferrero Rocher have a very unique taste and texture that you wouldn't fail to notice what is was, even if you were blindfolded.
Delightful balls of luxurious goodness and fabulous to give or receive as a present!
A must for chocolate nut fans!
---Why I Had This---
Like lots of people I think Ferrero Rocher are chocolates you only really get at Christmas or Birthdays, and not something you would buy for yourself. With my Birthday being the other week my sister gave me various treats, and a 16 box of Ferrero Rocher was among them.
Made by Italian company Ferrero. The company began in the 1940s but surprisingly it was as late as 1982 that Ferrero Rocher came on the market.
The Rocher Chocolates are irregular circular chocolates. In the centre is a whole hazelnut which is surrounded by hazelnut filling (Ferrero also make Nutella!) with a crispy shell and covered in milk chocolate and chopped nuts.
These round balls of chocolate sweet are individually wrapped in matt gold paper, have a 'ferrero Rocher' sticker on the top, are in a brown paper case and then in a hard acrylic box. The box inself is then sealed around with clear tape and then has a clear plastic sleeve which has an image of the chocolates and the brand name, plus the expiry date.
The box of 16 chocolates comes in two layers of 8 - 200 grams.
On the inside of the base is a card which can be read through the clear base - this contains the bar-code and ingredients.
May contain traces of almond.
Suitable for vegetarians.
No added preservatives.
No hydrogenated fats.
£4.29 for the 16 pack box at Tesco.
The standard Ferrero are with milk chocolate but you can buy other flavours and they do mixed boxes which have dark chocolate and coconut flavours as well.
The chocolates always come in the clear acrylic boxes but these do vary in shape.
My 16 chocolates came in two layers in an oblong box but you can have larger flatter boxes which come all in one layer.
At Christmas Ferrero often do different shaped boxes - we have had a Christmas tree and a pyramid and I have also seen a large cone, an egg and a star.
For Valentines Day there are also heart shaped boxes.
I have kept the pyramid box to house my air plant just like a mini terrarium and we also used the Christmas tree one with some decorations in it and I have seen someone rig one up with lights.
The small standard boxes such as I have this time are just good for trinkets and my husband keeps some packets of his tablets in one.
I am sure most people have eaten a Ferrero at one time or another. These have been something I thought I grew up having on special occasions and I was surprised to find they only began in the 1980s.
I have only ever had the standard milk chocolate versions but they are something that you know will have consistent quality.
These are quite large chocolates so I usually only have one at a time. These chocolates have always been marketed as a luxury item, hence they are all wrapped individually in gold, all have stickers and come in a good presentation box.
The adverts as well reflect this aspirational element and we have all probably seem the TV adverts where the butler carries a large pyramid pile of these chocolates around the 'Ambassador's Reception'.
I like that the chocolates are individually wrapped so you can have one now and again and you knw they are fresh and clean.
The crispy outer is nice and crunchy to bite into and then you have a soft sweet nutty layer which is exactly like Nutella - not surprising as Ferrero also make that!
In the centre is a lovely roasted hazelnut so you get a nice mixture of chocolate, nuts, creamy filling and the crispy wafer.
One is a good mouthful and although sweet not too overpowering - but you could not eat many all in one go.
Being individually wrapped these chocolates are also great if you want to make a 'sweet tree'.
---Would I Recommend?---
Milk chocolate 30% (sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, skimmed milk powder, concentrated butter, emulsifier: lecithins (soya); vanillin), hazelnuts (28.5%), sugar, vegetable oil, wheat flour, whey powder, fat-reduced cocoa, emulsifier: lecithins (soya), raising agent (sodium hydrogen carbonate), salt, vanillin.
Ferrero Rocher is my favourite chocolate. I can eat quite like 3 or 4 at one time until I got discovered by my family... =)
Each chocolate is packed in a gold foil with a nice brown paper base. The package is finished with a nice little sticker with the name on top which makes the chocolate looks luxurious.
The chocolates are available in different sizes from 3 chocolates in a plastic bag, 16 chocolates in a nice thick plastic box to the special bunny version for Easter~! The plastic box are very simple but very durable so I like to keep the boxes for future use. I have one on my desk for keeping my stationary and another one to keep my earrings. They are of really good use as I can always see what is stored inside without opening the lid first.
I will not say that the chocolate is the best in the world because there are obviously better ones out there. All I would say is that they are value of money and the chocolate is of consistently high quality. The chocolate is made of a whole hazelnut, coated in milk chocolate, surrounded by a hazelnut filling, and encased in a nut croquante. They taste well together. It is not too sweet nor too bitter and I love the crunchiness when you bite on it.
As said above, Ferrero Rocher comes in a variety of packaging.
Packets of 3 or 5 - perfect for a treat to yourself
Box in heart shape - get a box for your loved ones
Box containing 16 chocolates - maybe a gift to your colleague?
Box containing 24 chocolates - perfect gift for christmas or chinese new year
Bunny Shape Box - perfect gift for easter!
Just to add something which might be of interest: Ferrero Rocher is a very popular gifts among Chinese during Chinese New Year. The chinese name of Ferrero Rocher literally translated into "Gold Sand" and gold itself represents wealth. A mountain of gold sand is definitely something good to give to your friends and relatives during new year!
Mmmm... there's a box of ferrero rocher lying on my desk now... and I am so tempted to get one.
Ferrero Rocher chocolates are made of a nut croquante, a wafer, a smooth and thick chocolate filling that encases a whole hazelnut. Each of these makes a layer in the Ferrero Rocher chocolate ball.
The outer chocolate and chopped hazelnuts that are mixed together to create a layer, tastes quite nutty. The description says that this outer layer has rich milk chocolate. I find the chocolate to taste more sweet rather than a cocoa taste. The flavour that is predominant is of a sweetness combined with nuttiness, rather than a strong chocolate flavour. The wafer is crisp and provides a nice crunch before you head into the chocolate creamy filling, which is thick and delicious. The hazelnut which is preserved in this chocolate filling, is just what you would expect from a hazelnut and seems perfectly fresh.
Each chocolate comes wrapped in a gold foil wrapper that sparkles and catches the light, and has a very good look whilst on display. There is also a paper cup a the bottom of the foil that you must remove before you can unwrap the foil. Each chocolate also comes with a small ferrero rocher sticker on the top. Ferrero Rocher is suitable for vegetarians, and they encourage consumers to reuse or recycle the box that the chocolates come in, as it is usually a plastic box that can be reused.
Ferrero Rocher describe their chocolate as a timeless combination, and there is definitely something about Ferrero Rocher that keeps you coming back for more. They are a very unique chocolate in the way the layers of each Ferrero Rocher have been put together.
These timeless luxurious chocolates are a must for any dinner party or important occasion! I was compelled to buy a box since they were on special offer at Sainsbury's and I needed a little indulgence.
The packaging is of a very high quality, the thick plastic lid is embossed with a divine diamond pattern, yet underneath are a sea of golden globes. Your eyes are fed with a feast of gold - I love what I see!
The honeycomb golden plastic tray is really sparkly and dazzling, it just oozes luxury! Each of the chocolates are hand packaged and are covered in a wonderful golden foil in a brown/gold paper basket topped off with a oval sticker proudly boasting "FERRERO ROCHER." And rightly!
In this box, you get 24 chocolates, on the side of the golden tray is embossed "Ferrero Rocher" which is extremely classy.
~~~APPEARANCE, TASTE AND TEXTURE~~~
After you've unrevealed the chocolate, you are hit with a lovely aroma of roasted hazelnuts - truly wonderful!
The chocolate sphere is embedded with roasted hazelnuts and when you take a bite you crunch through so many layers, the order from outside in are as follows:
-Milk chocolate surface embedded with chopped roasted hazelnuts
-Whole Hazelnut (the core)
The structure reminds of an edible planet, you feel like a God as your are being treated with utter luxury.
The taste is scrumptious, it is sickly sweet but you get the lovely undertones of hazelnuts - truly delicious. The differently layers complement each other obtaining an indulgent gorgeous textures and tastes!
The nutty flavor is sublime and this is truly the best chocolate on the market!
Since this is a top quality product they are quite pricey and are around £7 for a box of 24, I got my box for £3 so it was a real bargain!
~~~OPINIONS AND CRITICISMS~~~
Despite being quite pricey, these chocolates are nearly perfect products, however there are a few snags.
Firstly there is a lot of packaging so this is not good for the environment and it takes so long to unwrap and eat them!
Secondly, they can be sometimes too sweet and indulgent and a little too rich at times. They are extremely addictive to say the least!
Finally, it is hard to open the plastic lid initially as it is sealed so much with tape.
This is without a doubt the best chocolate I have ever tasted and wouldn't have any reservations in trying it - nut allergy permitting!
The product will entice you serenading on the shelf and you are rewarded with a certificate of quality ensuring the packaging is flawless and perfect!
Ferrero Rcoher is marketed as a high class chocolate which suits both the look and taste of the product.
They are sold in a variety of different sized boxes and available from a host of different retailers and of course at a range of different prices depending on the size of the box chosen.
I have purchased the smallest box available which costs 99 pence for four of the Ferrero Rocher which I find a pretty good price for the quality of the chocolates that you are getting although the quantity of them does make them rather expensive for the amount.
The product design is rather unique and looks fairly "fancy". The chocolates are housed within a hard clear plastic box that is sealed with a cellophane outer wrapper. This is easily removed and the box opened. The Ferrero Rocher themselves are mouth sized balls which are wrapped in a gold coloured foil and seated in a brown case.
Inside the wrapper is a milk chocolate ball with a raised bumpy texture which is actually pieces of chopped hazelnuts. Under the outer layer of milk chocolate and nuts is a light and crispy wafer section which holds inside nicely the smooth and silky chocolate fondant filling. The centre of the Ferrero Rocher is a whole hazelnut which for me has got to be the part that makes the chocolate what it is, very tasty.
All aspects of the chocolate are of a high quality and taste wonderful. They work together well and the smooth outer layer of milk chocolate and nuts complement the silky texture of the fondant and the crispy layer of wafer. The whole hazelnut adds an extra bit of nutty crunchy which I really enjoy.
Overall the Ferrero Rocher is a great little treat and although not overly healthy if eaten in moderation is well worth buying. They are a like a little bit of luxury at an affordable price and get a 5 out of 5 star rating from me and an exceptionally high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Ferrera rocher are chocolates that I always purchased as a gift to go with someone's birthday present or just a treat for my nana. I never tried the chocolates myself as they didn't seem to interest me as much as brands such as galaxy but these are often on offer in supermarkets and they are my nanas favourites. One day when I fancied something sweet, my nana offered me one of her ferrera rocher and since that day they have been one of my favourites and now it's me that's happy if I receive them as a gift.
Ferrera rocher comes in a clear plastic tub with a plastic label wrapped around it displaying the ferrera rocher label in gold colours. The standard tubs contain about 16 chocolates however you can get varied sizes and shapes depending on occasion. For example at Christmas time you can get tree shaped tubs and heart shaped ones for Valentine's Day.
Each ferrera rocher is individually wrapped in gold foil with a small ferrera rocher sticker on and placed in what can be described as a cake case which is brown and gold and made out of paper. The chocolates look very posh and the detail to the design makes them very presentable.
Ferrera rocher consist of a whole roasted hazelnut encased in a very thin wafer shell that is filled with hazelnut cream and then dipped in milk chocolate and sprinkled with hazelnut and walnut pieces. The sweets are crunchy at first but once getting passed the wafer layer you taste the smooth cream centre and finally the whole hazelnut.
Ferrera rocher are delicious I love how the smooth centre compliments the thin wafer perfectly. The chocolate is nicely tasting and not to over-powering and sickly although I probably couldn't eat any more than four of these. You can see by looking at these that there is attention to detail as they look lovely and taste lovely too. I would definitely recommend these for yourself or even for a present.
A box of 16 ferrera rocher will set you back about £3.67 which is more than reasonable.
I have always wondered how such good chocolates, namely the Ferrero Rocher could have such bad adverts, but then perhaps that's the point there really is no need to sell them as they sell themselves. Yes, they really are that good. These chocolates aren't an all year round treat for me, I normally only eat them at Christmas as I try and exert some restraint (although very limited) at other times. Today, I crumbled when I saw an Easter bunny shaped Ferrero Rocher box in Sainsburys (for Easter only I believe). I didn't think it was possible to make the chocolates anymore attractive but then they go and put them in bunny shaped box (believe it or not I'm 33).
Ferrero was founded by Italian confectioner Pietro Ferrero in 1946 and since then Ferrero has become a huge manufacturer of chocolates and other sweet treats. The box I usually get at Christmas is the original 200g one containing 16 delectable chocolates. These days you can get them in boxes all shapes and sizes, including the Easter bunny shaped box I bought today which contains just 13 chocolates and cost me a pricey £4.99. Usually the chocolates cost anywhere from about a £1.00 up to £5.00 and are available in the majority of supermarkets. I just noticed in Sainsburys they have 25% off a 300g box, so it is currently selling at £4.05.
My bunny box is made from the same sturdy clear plastic that the original oblong shaped box is. Off course, my box has big bunny ears, a tail and a nose which I will be tempted to keep once I've eaten the chocs. My Mum could never throw the oblong boxes away, she always had to make use of them in some way. I lost count of the amount of sewing kits she made up with them, think there was one for every room. I like that the box is clear as you can see the Ferrero Rocher in all their glory. The chocolates are covered in gold coloured foil and sit in their own individual dark brown and gold fluted case (very posh). For some, the packaging is all a bit excessive, I'm torn because I know it is excessive but I like it as it adds to the indulgence.
Once the foil has been peeled away you can see the outside of the Ferrero Rocher which is a funny looking thing really, it's round shaped with an outer milk chocolate covering which is nobbled with small pieces of nuts (which get stuck in your teeth), not just any nuts but my favourites ones, hazelnuts. The smell is of smooth cocoa and distinctly nutty hazelnuts. As I take a bite, there is first sweetness from the chocolate, which tastes creamy and indulgent and then a crunch from the hazelnuts which takes some of the sweetness out of the chocolate but in then comes another crunch from the wafer casing that sits under the chocolate. What comes next is my favourite part, under the wafer case is soft silk like chocolate hazelnut cream (some say it's Nutella). Apparently, its official name is nut croquante but whatever, it is divine. Sitting inside the middle of that cream is one whole hazelnut which again takes the edge off the sweetness. I find it's exceptional how a chocolate can have so many different layers and textures, it really does add to enjoyment of eating them. Although the chocolates are a generous size, they really are not that filling and so incredibly addictive I find it easy to eat a whole box (or bunny) in one sitting. I don't find them sickly at all but they probably would be for someone who isn't a massive Nutella fan.
I believe there has been some controversy over whether or not the chocolates are suitable for Vegetarians as Nutella is not. As I couldn't see any information on the cellophane I checked the Ferrero website. The information there states that they are indeed suitable for vegetarians as the whey powder they contain is of microbiological origin as opposed to whey powder of animal origin. Unfortunately the chocolates are not suitable for those suffering from wheat allergies. I'm afraid I don't have any other nutritional information to offer as I didn't want to spoil my enjoyment by looking at the fat and calorie content.
~~ The product ~~
Ferrero Rocher chocolates are a special chocolate that I only tend to buy or receive at birthdays and Christmases. They basically consist of a whole roasted hazelnut, which is placed inside a crispy thin wafer ball, which is also filled with hazelnut cream, that tastes a lot like chocolate spread. The wafer ball is then covered in milk chocolate, and a layer of hazelnuts.
To me that list feels very fussy, but it isn't, and the combination works perfectly.
~~ The taste ~~
When you bite into them, the first taste you get is a mixture of the nuts and the lovely milk chocolate. The wafer is lovely and crispy, and provides great texture in your mouth. Then you can taste the rich, very sweet chocolate cream, which is a complete contrast to the outside as it is very soft and easy to eat. Then finally, in the center you bite into the hazelnut, which is quite small, and goes perfectly in the soft middle.
You can't help but feel these chocolates are much more special than the usual ones you buy normally, and I tend to use them as a sort of treat, and try to only have one or two at a time, to make them last! But it is so easy to scoff half a pack, as they definitely leave you wanting for more.
~~ Ingredients ~~
Milk chocolate 30% (sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, skimmed milk powder, concentrated butter, emulsifier, soy lecithin, vanillin), Hazelnuts 30%, sugar, vegetable oil, wheat flour, whey powder, fat - reduced cocoa, emulsifier, skimmed milk powder, raising agent (sodium hydrogen carbonate) salt, and vanillin.
~~ Nutritional information ~~
Each chocolate contains:
Calories - 74
Fat - 5g
Saturated fat - 1.7g
Salt - 11.7mg
Carbohydrates - 5g
Protein - 1g.
~~ The packaging ~~
The packaging looks good. I was brought a pack of 16 Ferrero Rochers recently, this is the more common sized box. You can also get them in a tiny box of 4 chocolates, or much bigger packs - such as gift packs of 48!
The 16 pack is inside a rectangle sized box, with two layers of 8 chocolates. The box is quite chunky, made out of hard, see- through plastic. I can't help but feel the box isn't very environmentally friendly as it is made out of a very thick plastic for a food box, but then I suppose they want to make the product look special and expensive.
It then has a small plastic wrapper around the outside of the box, made to look like a seal, with the Ferrero Rocher logo printed on it. Again, adding to that 'special' look.
Each chocolate is individually wrapped up in gold foil, which is then placed into tiny brown and gold cup cake cases. They then have a Ferrero Rocher sticker placed on the top.
~~ Price ~~
You can usually pick up a pack of 16 chocolates for around the £4 mark. Or you can get a little pack of 4 chocolates for around £1.20!
I do feel this is expensive, as if you just need a quick chocolate fix, you can get a bar of Cadbury's for much, much cheaper. But these, in my opinion are worth it because they feel so much more special. They make great gifts, as you can get them in gift boxes, with different varieties (Ie. dark chocolate, coconut) - but these usually cost a lot more.
I love chocolate and sweets. I always try new kind of chocolate any time I can. There are also some very old established classics to which I refer from time to time which never fail. The Ferrero Rocher are one of those.
Ferrero Rocher are made of Hazelnuts and go back to the time of Fascism in Italy, when imported cocoa was becoming scarce and rare and manufacturer Ferrero decided to use hazelnuts (which are still produced in large quantities in the South of the country).
Ferrero Rocher are effectively chocolate with hazelnuts inside. I like this combination and I have my Rochers on their own, as well as with a cup of tea. The marketing of these products is very clever, the ads associated with them portray them as the ultimate luxurious thing to eat and the wrapping of each of these Rochers is in gold foil (gold being the color, not the material).
I would describe the pleasure of biting into these Rochers as one of the most sensual things I can do (with my clothes on). The teeth gently go through the soft and creamy chocolate, they then find a layer of wafer, and finally reach for the crunchy hazelnut.
I only have 2 "mino" quibbles with this. The first one is that each Rocher puts on 75 calories to my lovely body and the second one is that small pieces of hazelnuts some time remain in between my teeth and I prefer to brush any time I can do it after eating these.
However, I can think of few other nieces ways to spend a lazy Sunday at home that having a good lunch, then going to bed with my boyfriend, "relaxing" and "finally" having a Rocher and gently fall asleep.
Ferrero Rocher is one of my favoiurite chocolates, hands down! There is always a time for this...
Ferrero Rocher come in a phenomenal range of different shapes, sizes and varieties, so for the review I shall be focussing on the chocolates themselves... However, the smallest of which come in a packet of 3 or 4, going up to boxes of twenties and thirties. They have holiday editions where the plastic boxes are heart shaped, or Christmas tree shaped.
Each Ferrero Rocher is wrapped in gold foil and placed in a decorative ruffled paper cup, with a small oval sticker at the top.
The design of these chocolates are amazing and they are so appealing, as they look VERY classy and high end, which they absolutely are. One of their adverts showed these dropping from Olympus, and yes, they are literally little drops of heaven. Here's why.
~~~APPEARANCE, TASTE AND TEXTURE~~~
Beneath the beautiful gold foil and all the exterior, lies a perfectly crafted chocolate, itself containing many a wondrous layer. The outermost chocolate and hazelnut fragment shell is gorgeous in itself, rich, indulgent and yummy. Biting through this, you enter a wafer casing, which has an incredible crunch, and then you've hit the jackpot; a whole hazelnut swirled in hazelnut cream...
The combination of textures in itself is ludicrous, perfect. You cannot get better than this; and the combination of chocolate and hazelnut is superb. I love nutty chocolate, and this is heaven sent. It is not at all too sweet, only too indulgent (if you can ever get there) and pleasurable.
I can find a mood to eat this anytime (perhaps not TOO late) but any other time... it is so appealing it makes you salivate just looking at it!
Depending on what sized box you get, they can range from £1 to about £10, and can be purchased at most supermarkets.
I absolutely adore this chocolate and would recommend this to everyone. There is not a single person I have met who does not like this (apart from those with nut allergies or lactose intolerant who unfortunately cannot eat... really missing out!) The combination of flavour and texture is out of this world and the perfect taste is met with perfect design and packaging.
All in all, it is an amazingly perfect product that is great to indulge in on your own, with friends, or given away as a gift. The only downside is the packaging you're left with at the end and all that foil, plastic and paper; but it is a small sacrifice to make for the glorious and indulgent pleasures known as Ferrero Rocher.
Who remembers the awful advert with that butler appearing with them stacked up on a tray and the dinner party guests swooning as if he had just walked in with a tray of gold. The fact of the matter is, Ferrero Rocher are just chocolates, wrapped in a bit of gold foil with a sticker shoved on them. I have never seen women go all giddy when a box is produced; reactions have been tepid at best!
The name is overtly posh, it truly does suggest that you're about to consume the world's most luxurious, sensual chocolate. They look rather like crunchy truffles on first glance. For me, the pleasure is in the unwrapping. I feel these chocolates are best served after a dinner and offered to guests by candlelight. That way your guests won't be too sure what they're actually getting.
The chocolates come resting in small petite trays, which house them quite nicely. I find the way they are poised in the tray a little erotic and this heightens the undressing of the chocolates.
The taste is less interesting than the wrapper. The outer shell is a light wispy cocoa affair, with a smattering of hazelnuts keeping it all together. Not too sickly and easy to lick or bite into. The cocoa resonance is nowhere near powerful enough for me though. The inner bit is slightly more exciting, with a hazelnut inside and a creamy centre. The cream is a trifle congealed and could be far more alluring and decadent. It merely teeters on the point of explosion in the mouth, failing to deliver a truly creamy flavour. There is however a strong enough current of nut pushing through.
Do I recommend them? I think they do nicely for dinner parties, though After Eights have the edge for me. A pack of these can cost up to four pounds.
I would attribute the two pounds gained during the holidays to these perfectly delicious little devils. There is nothing like receiving a good brand of creamy luxurious chocolate to make a girl feel valued, but when you receive like eight boxes of them over Christmas, I think it takes the charm out of them! Having said that, I still believe that Ferrero Rocher is still among the best chocolates out there. Apparently, these were created during the Second World War when a confectioner decided to use hazelnuts in small does of cocoa that were being pitifully rationed out at the time.
This is a basically a round chocolate ball, with a rough outer shell and soft creamy interior that hides a deliciously roasted hazelnut. In fact, the mixture of sensations and textures are what attracts me to this delicacy in the first place. There is a blend of smoothness that contrasts sharply with the tough shell and hazelnut that enhances the delicious Nutella cream that meets you when you first bite in the chocolate.
The taste can be described as an interesting mélange of the mild to strong chocolaty flavor. When you first bite into the wafer, a very mild sweet and chocolate taste play around with your taste buds. But the choclatey sensation gets enhanced as you get closer to the hazelnut inside. I might be weird, but I hate chocolates that have no filling, I find them pretty boring actually. In the case of Ferrero Rocher, the hazelnut surrounded by Nutella gives you something to look forward to- an enhanced sensation prior to the pleasant feeling of biting in the wafer.
As glorious as the taste might be, I have to say that I love the packaging even more. Each ball is wrapped around elegant gold foil paper that rests in brown cupcake-like paper. The elegant packaging really does give an overview of the elegant taste of the chocolate itself!
Calorie-wise, this contains around 75 calorie per ball, which I think can be quite outrageous since it is really, really hard to stop at one chocolate. The mild crunching sound it makes when you bite into it does tend to get genuinely addictive. This product contains Milk chocolate, cocoa mass, skim milk powder, hazelnuts, soy lecithin, sugar, wheat flour and vanilla among other ingredients. It is egg-free though, so suitable for vegetarians and people with egg allergies.
This certainly is something that I would highly recommend. Very addictive so try not to finish off the whole packet. Fantastic for the tongue, awful for the waistline!
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I Love this delicious sweetie. Beautifully wrapped and in a lovely little clear box ! Gold paper on the out side with a little sticker on top to seal. Nutty, crispy and soft all at once. I love biting into this chocolate and breaking open the nut, all the flavours come together and melt in my mouth, delicious! If you have not tried this chocolate i seriously do say, pop to the shops now and induldge! Pretty pricey but you will see what i mean when i say the little price tag is worth it for such a yummy little surprise. The chocolate around the nut in the centre is devine. I love how quickly all the flavours come together and melts in an instant.
For a box of around 20 - usually around £5, depends where you shop.
Can be sold in a box of 4 for around £2-3, perfect for snacking!
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A whole roasted hazelnut in a thin wafer shell filled with hazelnut cream and covered in milk chocolate and chopped hazelnuts. Ferrero Rochers are individually packaged in a gold foil wrapper and contain 75 calories each.