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I was in my local co-operative store on the way to work and I happened to see this box of chocolates on offer, so I thought I would treat myself to them and it also meant I could write a new chocolate review. Terry's was a chocolate and confectionary maker in York, England. Its history stretched back to 1767 but in 1993 it was taken over by Kraft Foods. The company's headquarters, later renames The Chocolate Works factory, closed in 2005, and products using the Terry's brand name are not produced in other Kraft facilities in Poland, Sweden, Belgium and Slovakia. Most of you are probably familiar with Terry's as they are most famous for their Terry's chocolate orange, which now comes in a range of different flavours. Terry's All Gold Dark contains a collection of dark chocolates. The box I am reviewing contains a total of 20 different chocolates and I paid £3.00 for the box as they were on offer. This particular box is 190g but you can purchase 400g boxes from Tesco for £7.00; although they are currently reduced until the end of this month down to £3.50 which sounds quite good.
The main box the chocolates come in is a yellow colour. On the top of the box it has a picture of 3 of the sweets which are in the box and it also states on the front that these are dark chocolates. On the back of the box is nutritional information, a list of ingredients and also a little bit of information about Terry's. The box opens simply by slicing the plastic seal on the front edge of the box which loosens the lid. The lid to the box folds back to reveal a thick piece of plastic which covers the chocolates. The chocolates are all nestled neatly in a black plastic tray. On the inside of the lid it shows you the different chocolates contained in the box and it tells you the name of each one and a little about it. When opening the box, there was an unmistakable scent of dark chocolate which smelt quite strong, probably due to the amount of chocolates there are in the box. I like dark chocolate anyway, so I quite liked the smell of the chocolates.
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There are a total of 9 different chocolates in the box, each of which all look very different to the others so it's easy to match the chocolates to the key on the inside lid of the box.
* Sumptuous Strawberry - Real strawberry pieces nestled within a sweet, strawberry flavoured fondant. This chocolate is shaped like a strawberry and has detailing on the top which is made to look like strawberry seeds. I bit into the chocolate which cracked beneath my teeth to reveal the strawberry fondant centre. The fondant centre is a light pink colour and looks quite nice. As I chewed the chocolate the main taste was the slightly bitter dark chocolate. Although there was a fair amount of fondant filling there lacked a strawberry taste. The bitterness of the chocolate seemed to take away any taste of the strawberry. The strawberry pieces in the fondant centre seemed a little gritty to me which I didn't like. This chocolate lacked flavour and I didn't like the gritty texture to the strawberry fondant centre. There were a total of 2 of these chocolates in the box.
* Molten Gold - Smooth golden caramel melts beneath a devilishly dark exterior. This chocolate is square in shape and has a star like pattern which starts at the centre and comes out to the edges of the chocolate. As I bit into this chocolate the top layer cracked beneath my teeth and sunk into the caramel centre. The centre is a golden colour but wasn't as glossy as I expected and was more of a dull colour. The caramel was smooth and was slightly creamy, although I couldn't really taste much of the caramel due to the overpowering taste of the dark chocolate.
* Inca Gold - Soft caramel elegantly enrobes a whole hazelnut. This chocolate is round in shape and the top is made to look like a swirl, this chocolate looks quite nice and there were a total of 3 of them in the box. As I bit into the chocolate I expected there to be a slight crunch as I bit into the nut centre; however there wasn't that crunch I had expected and the nut was disappointingly soft with no crunch or texture at all. The caramel that surrounded the nut wasn't very runny and seemed to be rather thick. I couldn't really taste anything but chocolate when eating this one.
* Almond Jewel - Delicious Marzipan crème fondant covered in Terry's dark chocolate. This chocolate is a diamond shape and is quite flat in comparison to the others. There are a few lines on the top of the chocolate and there were a total of 2 of these in the box. When biting into this chocolate my teeth sank straight into the marzipan crème which was soft. This marzipan crème was a white colour and although there looked as though there was enough inside the chocolate to give it some flavour this is what this chocolate really lacked. I love marzipan and sometimes treat myself to the Marks & Spencer marzipan bars but this chocolate was nothing in comparison to that. I was expecting more of a marzipan taste to this one but instead it taste very bland. The chocolate taste wasn't as overpowering as it was with some of the other chocolates so far but it was just tasteless.
* Vanilla Gold Leaf - Rich dark chocolate covers a luxurious vanilla flavour fudge centre. I was looking forwards to trying this one as its vanilla fudge flavoured. This chocolate is in the shape of a leaf and has a pattern on the top which makes the chocolate more leaf like. There were a total of 3 of these in the box which I was pleased with as this was bound to be my favourite. I bit into the chocolate revealing the vanilla fudge centre which was a light brown colour. The fudge centre wasn't too thick but at the same time it wasn't runny either. As I chewed the first part of the chocolate the fudge seemed to have a slight vanilla taste but like some of the other chocolates this was overpowered by the dark chocolate. I was disappointed but this one, especially as I wanted it to be my favourite.
* Hazelnut Perfection - An elegant roasted nut truffle. This chocolate is square in shape and has a pretty little chocolate bow on it to make the chocolate look like a little present. There were a total of 3 of these chocolates in the box. I wasn't sure what to expect from this chocolate as the other nut ones have been so disappointing.
* Hallmark - Our Hallmark chocolate. Dark, pure and delicious. This is a plain chocolate circle which has 'Terry's' engrave on the top. This is a thin chocolate and has a slightly bitter taste like you would expect from dark chocolate. The texture of the chocolate is smooth. There is only one of these in the box and this sits directly in the centre of the box surrounded by the other chocolates.
* Cappuccino Radiance - A smooth, coffee flavour truffle, just waiting to be discovered. This chocolate looks like a shell. I can't comment on the taste/texture of this chocolate as I don't like coffee.
* Rich Orange - Terry's dark chocolate protects this precious orange centre. This chocolate is shaped like an orange segment and has a little detailing on it. I don't like orange chocolates or orange in general so I can't comment personally on the taste of this chocolate but my mum said that it didn't really have that much of a taste and that she couldn't really taste the orange.
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I don't normally buy box of chocolates for myself but as these were on offer I decided to treat myself to them. I quite like dark chocolate and I hadn't had any for a while so I thought it was another good excuse to try them out. The box of chocolates looks presentable and would make a nice gift for someone as I don't think they look particularly cheap. They don't look as nice as a box of chocolates from Thornton's but they do still look and sound quite nice. When opening the box, although there isn't a great deal of smell to them apart from dark chocolate they do look nice and each chocolate looks quite tasty. It's easy to tell which chocolate is which simply by looking at the picture on the inside of the lid. I was looking forwards to tasting the chocolate and expected them to be quite nice, especially as they are made by Terry's. The first chocolate I had which was the strawberry one had a nice texture to it and was a nice size but there was a real lack of taste to the chocolate and I could barely taste anything else apart from the slight bitter taste from the dark chocolate.
It seems as though the other chocolates in the box are no better as none of them had any real flavour to them as the dark chocolate was just too overpowering and all you could taste in each chocolate was the dark chocolate and not much else. The almond jewel did have slightly more taste than the other chocolates but still not a lot of taste. I was very disappointed by this box of chocolate and wish I had purchased a single chocolate bar instead of these. The chocolates were so boring and lacked in taste so much that after trying one of each I actually decided to throw the rest of them away as I just didn't enjoy them. Even if you like dark chocolate I wouldn't recommend these to anyone as you will be very disappointed. Now I have tried these I definitely wouldn't purchase them as a gift for someone either, no matter how cheap the chocolates are. Don't waste your last few pounds on these as they really aren't worth it.
(review also on ciao)
I remember Terry's All Gold as being plain chocolates but nowadays they come in milk and dark varieties.
Some friends came to dinner recently and gave us a box of All Gold Milk. It was a 380g box which had 2 layers each with 20 chocolates.
Molten Gold - soft caramel
Inca Gold - soft caramel and hazelnut
Almond jewel - almond cream
Vanilla gold leaf - creamy vanilla fudge
Cappuccino radiance - coffee truffle
Hazelnut perfection - roasted nut truffle shaped like a little present with bow
Hallmark - solid chocolate disk
Rich orange - orange cream shaped like a little orange segment
Sumptuous strawberry - strawberry cream in a strawberry shape
Sugar, Dried Whole Milk, Vegetable Fat , Cocoa Mass , Cocoa Butter, Milk, Dried Whey, Marzipan (Sugar, Almonds, Humectant (Sorbitol), Glucose Syrup, Invertase), Hazelnuts, Glucose Syrup, Invert Sugar Syrup, Fat-Reduced Cocoa, Humectants (Sorbitol, Glycerol, Emulsifiers (E442, Soya Lecithin, E476), Freeze-Dried Strawberry Pieces, Flavourings, Invertase, Lactose, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Milk Chocolate contains Cocoa Solids 26% minimum and Milk Solids 14% minimum, Contains Vegetable Fats in addition to Cocoa Butter.
I'm ashamed to say that my husband and I polished the box off over 3 nights. We both really enjoyed them. Although there is nothing out of the ordinary about these chocolates, they are yummy. I am a bit of a philistine however when it comes to chocolate. I don't like the bitter dark chocolate that is good for you - I'm much happier with this milk chocolate with only 26% cocoa solids. The fillings are all soft and creamy. I think the inca gold is probably my favourite - in my book milk chocolate, hazelnut and caramel is a winning combination favourite - but to be honest, I like them all! Even the strawberry - normally the one that is left to last in our household - has a really intense flavour.
Most supermarkets sell this box of delights. You can get currently find it at Waitrose for £6.19 or at Asda for £5 (better still they have a three for £10 offer on just now).
Now for the bad news
A 25 g serving (which equates to two and a half chocolates) has 130 cal, 15g of carbohydrate (nearly all sugar) and 6.8g of fat.
Sadly these chocolates are no longer made in the UK. The Terry's factory was closed in 2005 when Kraft switched the production to their other European factories.
There's something comforting about these chocolates. Perhaps because the brand has been around for so long, they seem familiar. Admittedly they are not the most exciting or exotic of chocolates so they don't get my top rating but they are very moreish and reasonably priced.
For valentines day I gave my partner these chocolates but have ended up eating most of them already!
These chocolates were reduced in Asda to £3 the day before Valentines and they were well worth it. You get 2 trays of 20 chocolates so 40 in all. My favourites are the chocolates that include nuts, and there are several versions in this selection box. One has caramel, another has praline filling.
The packaging is quite expensive looking with a gold colour and the terrys signature writing. It is rainforest alliance certified so that means there is a minimum of 30% cocoa in the chocolate.
It really makes a difference as the chocolate tastes creamy, thick and really melts in your mouth.
Each chocolate tastes different and you get two of each flavour in each tray. Inside the box there is a page like a menu so you can see which chocolate you want to choose.
These chocolates are not good for you, they are full of calories and only good for a treat. They also contain a lot of sugar. If you want a change from their traditional terrys chocolate orange then this is a good alternative and they taste as good as cadburys.
This box was cheap; got it for 2 pounds off the sales rack.
A pretty clear message when certain chocolates are on perpetual sales at the grocery stores.
A mix of 8 chocolates, 2 to 3 of each kind, to make up 20 in a box.
GENERAL: They all consist of a typical milk chocolate shell that tastes of Cadbury; albeit a very sweet version. The only differences lie in their fillings, which range from fruity, to caramel, milk chocolate, and nut flavours. (So much for 8 different chocolates huh?)
Roasted nut harvest - budget milk solid shell; interior seeming-one piece hazelnut praline - weak nuttiness; albeit light roasted flavour. more on sweet side.
Truffle intrigue - budget milk solid shell; interior "smooth", impressive with medium melt; tastes cheap though, same milk sweetness but w/ slight nutty.
Orange blossom - budget milk solid shell; sweetish orange ganache of typical texture. orange tastes artificial / cordial; albeit not TOO sweet, but ok.
Burnished nut brulee - same milk shell; interior praline slightly sweeter w/ 'sour' caramel tinge; roasted nut pieces scattered provided some; nuttiness. sweet milk melded w/ typical praline. very decent sweet choc
Terry's hallmark - choc disk; soft, standard praline almost identical to sweet cadbury milk
Vanilla flourish - budget milk med shell; interior not 'fudge'-like as described; more like thicker caramel; SWEET like fudge, but texture failed; oddly salty?
Strawberry bloom - budget milk shell, breaks to unveil SWEET but tasty artificial strawberry liquid. some fake chunkiness; cloying thick. BAD
Caramel nectar - budget milk, breaks to reveal caramel; good texture - almost thick, like toffee (much like werthers). oddly, sweetness melded well w/ milk
After being let down on a Saturday night out and being in a terrible mood for hours, my boyfriend decided to go to our nearest shop and get me a little treat to cheer me up. This is what he returned with...
** Terry's All Gold Milk Chocolates **
Terry's All Gold Milk Chocolates is an assortment of milk chocolates which contains 'many timeless favourites'.
You can find these in most supermarkets and local express stores, you can also pick them up in larger Wilkinson's stores. I think my boyfriend paid around £2 for these on offer but they usually RRP around £4-£5.
** The Packaging **
The chocolates come in a 200g square box. The box is gold in colour and has a large 'G' on the front which is decorated in brown and blue patterns. Also on the front of the box is the product name in black writing.
The Bottom of the box has the product name again, with lots of information. This includes the ingredients, nutritional information, a small product description and an address to express your views. Most of this writing is in a bold, dark brown font and looks very classy.
The box has a flap that simply pulls up to uncover the treats. On the bottom of the flap is the description of all of the different chocolates in the collection and a photograph of each so you know which chocolate is which. Inside the box is a black plastic tray which contains the chocolates.
** The Collection **
This collection contains nine different chocolates and you will find two of each inside the box, with one larger chocolate in the middle.
The collection includes:
Terry's Hallmark - Smooth, pure and delicious
Roasted Nut Harvest - Smooth hazelnut praline draped in dreamy milk chocolate
Vanilla Flourish - Milk chocolate covers a luxurious vanilla flavour fudge centre
Truffle Intrigue - A creamy smooth, milk chocolate truffle, just waiting to be discovered.
Caramel Nectar - Silky golden caramel wrapped in delicious milk chocolate
Orange Blossom - Terry's milk chocolate protects this precious orange centre
Hazelnut In Gold - Soft caramel elegantly enrobes a whole hazelnut
Strawberry Bloom - Real strawberry pieces nestled within a sweet, strawberry flavour fondant
Burnished Nut Brule - A rich, gorgeous, golden roasted hazelnut praline.
** A Lovely Little Treat! **
I must say, when he turned up at the door with these, I was quite surprised that he hadn't just brought the cheapest things on the shelf (Tesco's own brand or something) and could just imagine myself sitting in bed, watching Take Me Out with these on my lap, stuffing my face. Sadly, they were way to sickly to stuff my face with and I managed three before I had to take a break!
Atleast this meant that the box would last longer than one night, it did end up taking me about four days to get through the box and that was with sharing them with the boyfriend!
Even though the chocolate on these was so sickly that I had to seriously pace myself, the chocolates were gorgeous and I couldn't help but want more (sadly I couldn't eat more!).
My favourites out of the box were the Orange Blossom and Caramel Nectar. The Orange Blossom looks like a Terry's chocolate orange segments but is a richer and smoother (and more sickly)! The Caramel Nectar reminded me of one of the caramel barrels out of Quality Street but a lot nicer as the Terry's chocolate is nicer than Nestle.
As for the price, I would have kicked off if my boyfriend had come home and told me he had paid full price for these, as I would have resented him paying out £5 for 18 chocolates! However, seeing as he only paid £2 for these, I am quite impressed and did really enjoy them.
The packaging of the box is very sophisticated and makes a nice little gift, whereas other well known chocolates just look cheap, and they look expensive (and are quite expensive in my eyes) so look like you've given a nice little gift.
Overall, I did really enjoy these but wouldn't pay full price for them!
3/5 from me!
I'm not a chocolate lover really, in fact my large backside has come from the copious amounts of crisps I've ate over the years lol but now and then I do like to indulge and treat my sweet tooth so when my mum passed on a box of her Terry's All Gold Mix Chocolates I was very pleased!
These chocolates come in an elegantly decorated golden box, the fancy writing on the top telling us these are Terry's All Gold Mix Chocolates! Opening the lid of the box you are greeted by a golden plastic tray with funny shaped spaces in. Each funny shaped space though is filled with the most delightful looking chocolate shape. The underside of the lid provides us with a picture of each chocolate and a brief description as to what each one is.
Of course me being me sat there and ate the whole box - this actually wasn't for review purposes lol!
This wonderful golden box contains;
Vanilla Flourish - A sort of leaf shaped chocolate filled with vanilla fudge, tasty and soft.
Hazelnut in Gold - A cube of smooth chocolate, filled with creamy caramel surrounding a whole, crunchy hazelnut!
Honeycomb Jewel - Little pieces of honeycomb lay within this scrumptious milk chocolate piece.
Terry's Hallmark - The simplest one of the bunch, a disc of milk chocolate - that is it! Simple, yet tasty.
Orange Blossom - An orange segment shaped chocolate filled with an orange coloured and orange flavoured fruity nectar centre.
Strawberry Bloom - A chocolate with a strawberry flavoured filling, really fruity and sweet - even fruitier when you notice the strawberry pieces within too.
Roasted Nut Harvest - A tasty milk chocolate circle filled with smooth hazelnut praline.
Burnished Nut Brulee - A circle, of rich milk chocolate filled with roasted hazelnut praline, a smooth and nutty concoction that's a delight to eat.
Raspberry Charm - A rectangular shaped chocolate, smooth milk chocolate with a fruity, pink, raspeberry flavoured fondant filling.
Truffle Intrique - A shell shaped piece of chocolate hiding a tasty, smooth truffle.
Praline Starlet - A milk chocolate star, with a smooth praline within mixed with tasty milk chocolate.
and last but not least,
Caramel Nectar - A rectangular shaped chocolate, smooth milk chocolate encasing a smooth golden caramel, soft and tasty.
You can even buy these in a dark chocolate version - and what else can be better than the fact you get a whole TWO of each chocolate.. apart from Terry's Hallmark! Yum!
Each chocolate for me is tasty, holds some wonderful textures and tastes but there is nothing too overpowering flavourwise about them making them an enjoyable all round selection of chocolates.
Terry's All Gold
I don't eat a huge amount of chocolate so when I do it feels like a treat. What's more, I like my chocolate to come in boxes. Don't get me wrong, a good bar of Green and Black's is still a treat, but there's something about chocolate that comes in boxes that feels so luxurious. Even if you get the same sort of chocolates in a bag or a packet, it's not quite the same.
Terry's All Gold is my favourite box of chocolates. They tick all the right boxes (ha): they're dark chocolate (although a milk chocolate version is also available; I think the packaging is blue and gold instead of red and gold but I could be wrong), they contain fruity ones (the strawberry is my favourite), and there's a nice mixture without me having to leave half the packet because I don't like them.
You get two of each chocolate in the box (except for the plain chocolate "coin" in the middle) and you can decide as you savour the first half which order you like them in and consequently which order you'll eat the second half in. The different chocolates include truffles, nutty chocolates, "crisp" chocolates and fruity chocolates. I'll even eat the coffee-flavoured one (I usually leave these in other boxes of chocolates) as it's not too bitterly overpowering.
They're around £3 a box in Sainsbury's so they won't break the bank either.
Update (feb 2010). I got a box of these for Christmas and they've added a raspberry one to go with the orange and strawberry. Fantastic! They've just got even better! : D
Sent out yesterday to get some munchies for sitting in front of a DVD with, my other half came back with a half price box of Terry's All Gold, the milk chocolate variety. Ooh! I love boxed chocolates because of the selection, and Terry's rally are very good, as there's only one toffee variation (which is still in the box - anyone?) and some very good praline choices, plus THE NICEST strawberry cream in the entire chocolate world.
So, first things first - the box. The outside is gold, with such a pretty gold and blue embossed swirling pattern, it looks lovely and so would make a great present. On opening, the chocolates are in two layers on gold trays, with pictures detailing which one is which. This is good - there are proper descriptions, and as it is on the inside of the box, no tiny scrap of paper to lose. There are 12 choices of flavour, and you get four of most chocolates, two each of the chocolate disc and the Roasted Nut Harvest.
Now, the chocolates. My favourites are:
Roasted Nut Harvest - the mixture of deep nutty praline with the sweet and milky white chocolate is so delicious, a really lovely mix of flavours. 9/10
Vanilla Flourish - very soft, fluid fudge with a creamy vanilla taste and none of the overly sweet aftertaste that fudge so often gives. Doesn't clog up your mouth and throat either. 8/10
Hazelnut Gold - classic hazelnut in caramel, but very, very good caramel, very rich taste. 8/10
Praline Starlet - Praline! So good! Really smooth and tasty, 9/10
Strawberry Bloom - this is a perfect strawberry sweet. It has plenty of strawberry filling but tastes - wait for it - like actual strawberries, it even has real strawberries in. So it's not overly sweet, sticky strawberry cream strawberry like in Roses or Quality street, but perfect, expensive tasting strawberry fondant. I gobble two of these first, then save the other two til last. 10/10!
I really enjoyed this box of chocolates, as did my other half. Obviously they're not an everyday treat (and we both felt a bit sick by the end of it!) but as a treat they're really tasty and taste much better quality than your usual selection boxes or tins.
I was given a box Terry's All Gold dark chocolates for Christmas. The box is fairly small and gold with shiny gold flowers, birds and other decorations on.
I don't normally like dark chocolate but I decided to try the chocolates anyway.
There is one tray inside the box containing 22 average sized chocolates in 12 different types. The dark chocolate contains a minimum of 43% cocoa solids.
The chocolates themselves are in different shapes in the tray but they are plain without any decorations added to them.
I was surprised by these chocolates and actually really enjoyed them.
The different types in the box are: Vanilla Flourish, Hazelnut in Gold, Honeycomb Jewel, Terry's Hallmark, Caramel Nectar, Midnight Praline, Roasted Nut Harvest, Orange Blossom, Cappuccino Intrigue, Amber Toffee, Burnished Nut Brulee and
Strawberry Bloom. Inside the lid it shows a picture of each of the chocolates and says what is inside them.
So there were a few caramel and fruit ones in the box which are my favourite.
I found these an enjoyable small box of chocolates. They definitely aren't the best I have ever tasted but I would eat them again.
I think it is very difficult to find a box of chocolates where all the chocolates are yummy. I personally do not like hard or chewy chocolates. I love soft centres, nuts and pralines. This is where Terry's 'All Gold' is a hit with me. I can honestly say that I enjoy nearly every single chocolate in the box. They are nearly all soft centred and taste delicious.
The very attractive gold coloured box of Terry's All Gold Milk Chocolates I was given for Christmas contained 21 chocolates with 12 different types of chocolate.
There is 'Terry's Hallmark' which is simply a smooth round solid chocolate. Then there is the 'Honeycomb Jewel' which contains honeycomb flavour pieces.
The 'Vanilla Flourish' has a luuscious vanilla fudge centre. If you like caramel then the 'Caramel Nectar' is for you. It contains golden caramel wrapped in chocolate.
For those who like a nut in their caramel there is the 'Hazelnut In Gold'. The 'Orange Blossom' is shaped like a chocolate orange segment. The 'Burnished Nut Brule' contains a golden roasted hazelnut praline - Very similar to the one above, just covered in milk chocolate rather then white chocolate. If you like white chocolate and nuts there is the 'Roasted Nut Harvest' which is a hazelnut praline covered in smooth white chocolate.
The 'Strawberry Bloom' has real strawberry pieces within a sweet strawberry fondant. My favourite is the 'Praline Star' which is shaped like a starlet and contains smooth praline. Another of my favourites is the 'Truffle Intrigue'. It is shell shaped and is a creamy milk chocolate truffle. And, finally, there is the 'Amber Toffee' whch is a quite firm toffee covered in chocolate and is abit chewy - my least favourite!
The ingredients in the chocolates are - sugar, cocoa butter, sweetened condensed skimmed milk, skimmed milk powder, vegatable fat, milk fat, glucose, syrup, lactose, hazelnuts, emulsifiers (soya lecithin,E476),stabalisers (sorbitol, invertase), almonds, strawberries, salt, ethanol,honey, raisins,egg white, egg yolk, cornflakes, barley, coconut, raspberries, Invertase)
Protein 1.4 g
sugars 16.0 g
Fat 4.2 g
Sat Fat 5.0 g
Fibre 0.5 g
Salt 0.03 g
Overall I can highly recommend these chocolates as a gift for those who do not like / cannot chew harder chocolates. I much prefer them to the other well known brand - 'Milk Tray'!
The only downside for me is that although they have 12 different chocolates the box only contains 21 chocolates. It would be much better if the box contained 2 of each variety!
I think the best bit of Christmas has to be the massive amount of chocolates that we receive and you can eat them all without being judged (well hopefully!) Terry's All Gold - Milk Chocolates is a fabulous little box of chocolates, especially for those who prefer to stay away from those really chewy sweets (like the bog toffee coins in quality street boxes, yuck). My review is going to go through all the chocolates featured in this box and the price and availability of the box.
The box contains 12 varieties of chocolates. Some do taste quite samey, but delicious all the same!
1) Terry's Hallmark - A round flat piece of chocolate, no filling of any sort. Enjoyable even if it is a bit on the plain side!
2) Orange Blossom - I do prefer an orange cream rather than this. This little choc is shaped like an orange segment, it is not overly tangy or orangey. Not as strong tasting as the original chocolate orange which is what I expected as they are both produced by Terry's.
3) Honeycomb Jewel - A delicious little chocolate piece, although there is only a small amount of honeycomb goodness in it which is a bit disappointing as these are usually my favourite.
4) Roasted Nut Harvest - Love these because they are covered in white chocolate! However a bit disappointing to find the box (one single tray) only contained one of them.
5) Burnished Nut Brule - Very similar to the one above, just covered in milk chocolate rather then white chocolate.
6) Strawberry Bloom - My favourite. Delicious strawberry fondant covered in milk chocolate. A bit different from other strawberry sweets in other boxes of sweeties (like roses and quality streets) as it contains real strawberry pieces making it that little bit more tangy J nice one!
7) Hazelnut In Gold - A whole hazel nut surrounded by delicious caramel, kind of resembles the big purple one as featured in quality streets, but smaller and I would probably have to say nicer!
8) Caramel Nectar - Similar to the one above minus the hazelnut!
9) Vanilla Flourish - Very very tasty. A smooth vanilla fudge type filling, very soft and pretty yummy.
10) Praline Star - Very similar to the burnished nut brulee and the roasted nut harvest. Not much difference at all really.
11) Truffle Intrigue - Standard truffle sweetie shaped like a star, nothing overly original about this one!
12) Amber Toffee - Last but not least, the amber toffee is just that. A fudgey/toffee square covered in chocolate. Similar to a Cadbury fudge.
Price and Availability
Available in most shops for under a fiver! Available in large boxes which contains two sheets of chocolates (24 chocs) or in smaller boxes which contain one sheet of chocolate (12 chocs).
Worth giving a little try, are quite samey that is probably the only downside. However they have to be my favourite as there is no coffee and no hard toffee, yippee!!
I am hungry now!
Terry's All Gold Milk Chocolates.
A 450 g box containing 44 Heavenly chocolates in a attractive Golden box.
Presented in a double layer of 22 chocolates per layer.
The shiny outer film wrapped covering is, for a change, easy to remove.
When you open the lid, the smell is De-lish!
Chocolates inside are;
Hazelnut in Gold.
Soft caramel eleganly enrobes a whole hazelnut.
Soft and Crunchy at the same time.
Honeycomb flavoured pieces within an island of milk chocolate
Melt in the mouth honeycombs.
A Vanilla fudge centre covered by milk chocolate
Solid and long to melt in the mouth.
A round flat smooth, pure and delicious milk choc disk.
Their Hallmark Chocolate.
Georgeous golden caramel wrapped in milk chocolate.
Another long lasting chocolate.
Roasted Nut Harvest
A hazelnot praline dipped in delish white chocolate.
Crunchy white chocolate.
A smooth velvety praline churned of luxurious milk chocolate.
Soft and very tasty.
An orange nectar centre covered in milk chocolate.
Georgeous orange chocolate.
A creamy smooth milk chocolate truffle.
Soft and delish truffle.
A sweet golden toffee inside milk chocolate.
A chewy toffee chocolate.
Burnished Nut Brulee
A golden roasted hazelnut dipped in milk chocolate.
A Crunchy chocolate
Real strawberry pieces embeded in a sweet strawberry fondant.
Melt in the mouth chocolate.
These chocolates are by far the most georgeous chocs I have ever tasted.
Unfortunately you will have to show restraint and will power!
My wife and I managed to get them to last 4 weeks, not easy.
I HIGHLY recommend them.
The box and the chocs look special and the taste is Mmmm.........
Emulsifiers - E476
Protein 1.4 g
sugars 16.0 g
Fat 4.2 g
Sat Fat 5.0 g
Fibre 0.5 g
Salt 0.03 g
This product DEFINITELY CONTAINS NUTS !!
ISBN - 7622400951237
Cost - £5.99
I dont get many boxes of chocs these days and to be honest that is not such a bad thing, as I would have to eat them. Its not that I dislike chocolate, but the manufacturers do insist on adding calories to all their makes.
So resist the chocolate I must, but a bargain is a different matter. When Woolworths were offering a 450g box of Terrys All Gold dark chocolates, normally retailing at around £5, for just £2.49, how could I resist.
Dark chocolate is my favourite of the varieties. This has some advantages. Firstly is the health benefits .
~Dark chocolate contains a lot more cocoa than other forms of chocolate. It also contains something called Flavonoids. Flavoniods keep cholesterol from gathering in blood vessels, reduce the risk of blood clots, and slow down the immune responses that lead to clogged arteries. So far so good, but obviously it still contains lots of calories. This is the other thing I like,
~I find dark chocolate a liitle more sickly than the others, even though I prefer the taste. But it means I will only have a little of it, rather than perhaps indulging in a whole bar.
So, a month on, and having that Chocolate craving, out came the box of chocs. Off came the cellophane, and the top pinged open. I later found a small flap that pulls down to enable you to close it firmly after.
The box itself is very pretty. Gold in cloour with golden embossings of flowers, butterflies and all things celebratory. On the underside of the lid is a guide to all the chocolates, with a short description of each. This box has two layers and around an equal amount (4) of each type. With the exception of the hallmark chocoalte, that is placed in the centre of both trays.
On the back you will find all the nutritional info, including ingredients and calorie content. I noticed that Cherries, Coconuts, raisins and raspberries are listed, but have failed to work out which chocolate they were in.Warnings are given regarding nuts and wheat, so not suitable for those with allergies.They also kindly tell you the amount of calories you should be consuming per day. At approxiamtely 52 calories per choc, a woman could happily munch away on 36 chocolates and a man could devour the whole box. Not that I would recommend it!
Going back into the box I check out the various types. There does not seem to be much variety, many have nuts, and even with different names and shapes, sound very similar.
So I sit down, and start munching away, and here is my results.
*Midnight praline.* This star shaped chocolate has a whole roasted hazelnut set in praline. The soft praline had quite a strong flavour, and so does dark chocolate. Together these made it very hard to detect the taste of the hazelnut which arent strong at the best of times.
*Honeycomb jewel* This chocolate is rectangular. It has a Thick base, which is the first thing I noticed when I bit into it. Again the inner is praline but this time with little bits of honeycomb. I could feel the slight crunch and texture in my mouth but try as I might I could not detect a honeycomb flavour.
*Terrys hallmark* This is simply a small flat circle of Pure dark chocolate. And that is exactly what it tastes like.
*Orange blossom* I love orange chocolates, especially in dark chocolate, so was quite excited about this crescent shaped one. But was very disappointed to find that there was no fondant as I had expected, but just orange flavoured praline. Even then, it was only a hint. Not a patch on the famous Terrys oranges.
*Caramel Nectar* The box describes this as golden caramel melting beneath a dark exterior. It was in fact a runny liquid, with a slight honey taste.
*Vanilla flourish* A leaf shaped chocolate promising a luxurious vanilla fudge centre. It was not as expected; the fudge was quite soft, not at all like I recall fudge. However it did have quite a strong flavour which was very pleasant and for once over rode the bitterness from the cocoa.
*Strawberry bloom* Again I was expecting a fondant, but found a Soft runny liquid. On first nibble I got a very strong strawberry taste which was really nice. This oval shaped sweet was meant to contain real strawberry pieces, but they must have been liquidised as I saw no sign of them.
*Hazelnut in Gold* A square shaped chocolate with a soft caramel filling surrounding a hazelnut. The caramel thicker this time, but still the strong honey taste. The hazelnut too was larger than the last but left me with a strange taste in my mouth which I presumed was the brown outer of the nut.
*Roasted nut harvest*More nut! This time a strong nutty flavour in smooth praline. No bits in the praline, but certainly the taste was there.
*Cappuccino Intrigue* A shell shaped sweet with a strong coffee truffle. But coffee, not cappuccino!
*Burnished nut brulee* This round choc is very similar to roasted nut harvest, but this time contains bigger chunks of nut. Again though, a disappointing flavour.
*Amber Toffee*, Containing soft toffee, which was more like fudge, and hardly firm like the description gave.
Well now I know why Woolworths were virtually giving them away. Hardly any flavour and most the same but with different names. I am not keen on praline nor on truffles so really not for me. Looks like hubby will get a look in with this box.
Not one I will be buying again.
Being a bit of a chocoholic and a bit excited kid who can't wait to open their Christmas presents, I'm sitting with a box of Terry's All Gold in front of me right now that a friend gave me.
To be honest, the box has taken me aback a bit...I can't remember it ever looking like this, but it is gold with a vine like design all over it...not that that really matters much 'cause I'm just wanting to scoff the chocs!
So what about the chocs?
Well smack bang in the middle is the Terry's Hallmark. This is just plain chocolate and isn't very exciting. The Terry's chocolate isn't all that nice on its own, either, but still, its chocolate just the same.
The next choc I try is the Honeycomb Jewel with is surprising. It is like a chocolate truffle with little bits of honeycomb within the filling and is very sweet and tasty, but slightly sickly...I feel like I need to take a drink of water once I've downed it!
Hazlenut in Gold comes next...a familiar format of a cube of milk choc with smooth caramel and a hazlenut inside. This was nicer than other makes of chocolate. The chocolate made a nice, snappy sound when I bit into it and it wasn't too sweet.
The next one I popped into my big greedy gob is the Vanilla Flourish which is shaped and patterned like a leaf. I wasn't too keen on this. In texture it felt like the centre was caramel and although I usually like vanilla, the flavour was way too strong for my tastes...I'm still screwing my face up a few minutes after I've eat that one and the taste is lingering.
Caramel Nectar comes next and this is much like the Hazlenut in Gold but without the nut. It is actually much sweeter without the nut to dull the taste a bit and is a bit too sweet for me, but has the same satisfying crack when you bite down on the chocolate.
The Praline Starlet came next. I wasn't expecting to find a nut in the middle, but it was a nice addition!
The Truffle Intrigue comes next, which is a bit too sickly for me, but is much the same as you'd expect to find in any of these sorts of boxes of chocolates.
The Amber Toffee was a huge disappointment. I'd expected a hard toffee, but it was a soft filling, more like a fudge than a toffee and it got stuck to my teeth. Not a very enjoyable one.
The Burnished Nut Brulee is nice. It is praline with little pieces of chopped up nuts covered in chocolate and was very nutty...just the way I like my chocs!
The Orange Blossom and Strawberry Bloom I gave a wideberth as these aren't chocolates that I'm ever very fond of...I always find them too sickly, but I expect they taste much like similar chocs you find in any boxes of chocolates.
The Roasted Nut Harvest was another disappointment. It is the only white chocolate in the box and I will admit I'm not a big white chocolate fan, but I do like nuts so gave it a go. The filling was quite similar to the Burnished Nut Brulee, but without the chopped nuts, but the white chocolate made it far too sickly in my opinion!
However, 100g of these will set you back quite a few calories. The nutritional info. is as follows:
of which sugars 54g
of which saturates 16.5g
They are manufactured by Kraft and comes in Milk or Plain selections (the one I've reviewed is the Milk) and are usually available for a few quid.
Personally, I prefer these to other brands of chocolates such as Milk Tray, although a few of the chocs are unpleasantly sickly.
I love plain chocolate but usually manage to avoid the siren call from the chocolate shelves in shops. Very occasionally I succumb and find myself at the checkout clutching a box of plain chocolates, secure in the knowledge that I'm going to live to regret it within 24 hours, but still convinced that I need to make the purchase. My favourite selection of plain chocolates is good old Black Magic, but I'm not that fussy and any plain chocolate will do the job. If there are no Black Magic to hand then Terry's All Gold hit the spot just as well in the quest for a chocolate fix.
~ HISTORY ~
There are over 200 years of history behind the Terry's brand name. Joseph Terry was born in 1793 and married into a family by the name of Bayldon. The Bayldon family were small time confectioners who had been trading since 1767 under the name of Bayldon & Berry. Joseph Terry really started to develop the business and introduced lots of new products. His three sons followed him into the business and in 1886 they built and developed their chocolate factory in Clementhorpe in York. Terry's All Gold were launched in 1931.The business continued to be run by one or another of the Terry family until 1975 when it was acquired by United Biscuits. In 1993, Kraft General Foods bought the Terry's Group from United Biscuits and amalgamated it with Jacobs Suchard to create Terry's Suchard.
~ AVAILABILITY & COST ~
Terry's All Gold are available in three different chocolate selections:
All Gold Plain in 220g or 450g sizes (introduced in 1931)
All Gold Milk in 220g or 450g sizes (introduced in 1996)
All Gold Mint Selection in 220g size only (introduced in 1998)
£4.99 for 450g - this gives 44 chocolates (four of each type spread over two layers)
£3.19 for 200g - this gives 22 chocolates (two of each type spread over two layers)
However, for the purposes of this review, I am going to concentrate on the original Terry's All Gold selection of plain chocolates, as they are the ones I recently tried.
~ PACKAGING ~
Terry's All Gold are rather unsurprisingly packaged in a square gold coloured box. There again though, I suppose it would be a bit stupid to have called them All Gold and then put them in a blue box. So the box is predominantly gold with bronze and cream highlights. It's rather eye-catching as it has a metallic sheen to it and a couple of big gold "G's" in the centre. The box looks elegant and luxurious - but perhaps a tad masculine.
~ SMELL & TASTE ~
The best plain chocolate is made simply with cocoa, sugar, vanilla and soya lecithin. If the chocolate has less than 50% cocoa then it will have been made with lots of sugar, which destroys the cocoa flavour. Similarly, chocolate made with more than 75% of cocoa will be too bitter, and lacking in sweetness. Terry's must add a lot of sugar to their chocolate as All Gold are made with a minimum of 40% Cocoa solids. However, it doesn't seem to have spoiled the richness of their chocolate, nor altered the darkness of it. It's a quality product, and the chocolate is as dark and bitter tasting as all good plain chocolate should be. It melts in the mouth with a supremely chocolately flavour.
The gold box is enclosed in the usual cellophane wrapping. Once you have had the usual fight to remove this you can now start to appreciate the rich aroma from the chocolates within, and you can almost hear them calling to you (sudden thought - maybe that's just me). Inside the box you won't find the usual leaflet detailing the selection. Terry's have put photos and descriptions of all the chocolates on the inside of the lid - jolly handy if you tend to lose bits of paper and instructions. So - without further ado - let me introduce them:-
~ Hazelnut in Gold ~
Solid square chocolate with a tiny teardrop swirl on top. Inside is golden coloured caramel surrounding a whole hazelnut. The caramel is a little bit sickly and sweet but the bitterness of the chocolate takes the edge off it. The hazelnut is unfortunately not very crispy - an unfortunate side effect of being enclosed in liquid caramel for several weeks I suspect. Soggy nut and over sweet caramel just about sums this one up.
~ Amber Toffee ~
Diamond shaped chocolate with some delightfully chewy toffee inside. The toffee is nice and firm so it makes it a nice long chew (with plenty of bits to stick to your teeth) as all good toffees should be. The whole chocolate tastes very buttery and rich. Best sucked slowly so that the flavour is on a slow release to your tastebuds I reckon.
~ Vanilla Fudge Parfait ~
Dome shaped chocolate filled with creamy vanilla fudge - it's soft and buttery but you cannot really taste the vanilla in it. It does melt in the mouth but has a very slight gritty texture to it. It's another sweet one that is tempered by the bitterness of the plain chocolate.
~ Roasted Nut Crunch ~
Another dome shaped chocolate that looks a little like a miniature beehive. This one is not particularly exciting, it's just solid chocolate with another whole hazelnut inside. This time the nut is crunchy and has a slight smokey taste to it. It's tasty enough but no great shakes on the innovation front.
~ Chocolate Treasure ~
This one is shaped as a small drawstring bag - nice touch - it's unusual looking and looks intriguing. No dice though. It's described as "intense chocolate truffle with a fruity surprise" - now I can understand the truffle bit but failed to find the fruit surprise. The chocolate drawstring bag has a lovely rich chocolate truffle filling which melts in the mouth. It tastes vaguely alcoholic - hints of brandy, but not at all fruity. The jury's out on this one - maybe they're looking for the fruit surprise ?
~ Praline Nut Star ~
Star shaped chocolate filled with praline and YET ANOTHER whole hazelnut. The praline filling is a pale beige creamy colour and is very tasty. I just wish there was something else encased in the middle....Could Terry's not come up with another nut to put in their chocolates or have they got a hazelnut mountain in their factory they need to use up ? It would be nice if they did something radical and used a Brazil nut or an almond for a change.
~ All Gold Chocolate Truffle ~
This is the only one in the selection to be encased in foil. It's a pretty shell shaped chocolate wrapped in shiny gold foil. Inside the shell is a rich chocolate truffle flavoured crème. It says on the box that it's supposed to be toffee flavoured as well, but I could only taste chocolate. It's rich, creamy and melts in the mouth but the toffee flavour is either missing or it's been overwhelmed by the chocolate.
~ Lustrous Caramel ~
Oblong shaped chocolate containing liquid caramel. The caramel is deliciously sticky and sweet and dissolves in an instant. It's another sweet filling but nicely balanced by the bitterness of the chocolate casing.
~ All Gold Signature Disc ~
A simple wafer thin disc of plain chocolate stamped with a large "G". It's rich and bitter but not very exciting.
~ Honeycomb Ingot ~
At last - there's something a little bit different in the selection. This one is an oblong shaped solid chocolate studded with tiny golden nuggets of honeycomb. It's really tasty and moorish and I really don't know if it's best crunched or sucked to fully appreciate it. It tastes a little bit like a Cadbury's Crunchie but a million times richer. The honeycomb is crunchy but dissolves into an intense flowery honey flavour. Gorgeous.
~ Strawberry Blush ~
And at last we come to the end of the box with that old tried and tested favourite - the soft centre with the strawberry crème filling. An oval shaped chocolate containing a pale pink synthetic goo, which they are alleging to be strawberry flavour. It's got tiny bits of strawberry in the creamy goo but it doesn't really improve the flavour much. It just makes it feel gritty. It's gooey like all good soft centres should be, and that's about all I can commend it on.
~ HEALTH BENEFITS - YES THAT'S RIGHT - HEALTH BENEFITS ~
Yes, we all know that chocolate makes you fat and gives you spots. It's overloaded with caffeine and far too high in cholesterol. It's not all bad news though. Moderate amounts of chocolate are also good for you. Eating chocolate triggers the release of endorphins, a natural opiate released by our bodies to reduce pain and make us feel happy. On top of this "feel good" factor, some doctors claim that eating chocolate reduces the risk of heart problems. Cocoa contains antioxidants, which can decrease the risk of coronary heart disease. Cocoa also contains flavanol, which is known to reduce "cellular oxidative stress", a major contributor to circulation problems. Please don't take this as a cue to rush out and overdose on several Galaxy and Topic bars - too much chocolate will, of course, still lead to obesity. However, it's always nice to learn that a little bit of what you fancy can sometimes do you some good.
~ CONCLUSION ~
They're a nice enough selection of chocolates. They are certainly delicious and a quality product. If I had any criticism at all it's that their selection is a bit boring and incredibly samey. There are no surprises in the box - just the usual tried and tested family favourites. Why not replace the strawberry soft centre one with something a little bit different like Kiwi Crème or Mango Mousse ? Similarly, there are too many hazelnut themed chocolates and too much use of caramel as a filling. They really should try something different like adding some pieces of biscuit or fruit or a different type of nut. Don't get me wrong though, there is nothing wrong with them - there's certainly something for everyone. They're a safe and unambitious choice - just don't expect your taste buds to be blown away....
~ FURTHER INFORMATION ~
100g of Terry's All Gold contains 2024kJ/484 kcal
Protein = 3.9g
Carbohydrate = 61.2g
Fat = 24.7g
Fibre = 4.1g
Kraft Foods Limited
Freepost SWC 3320
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