A Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates!

A Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates!

Review:

A Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates! 

A Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates!

A Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates!

I took the journey recently, as a test drive for Valentine’s day and in the interests of the masses, I tested some lovely Thorntons Chocolates that arrived for me…..in readiness for Valentine’s day and other special occasions – I hope you will all thank me for my cocoa induced endeavours. Thorntons Chocolates very kindly sent me one of their boxes of Continental Tasting Heart Collection to test, all 570g of them, that’s well over a lb of chocolates in old money……..the box arrived whilst I was out, but luckily my parents were not alerted to the box’s chocolatey contents, otherwise I may have returned to find them missing; with mounting excitement I opened to box to reveal a HUGE heart shaped box of Thorntons Continental Chocolates, a mixture of  creamy pralines, melt-in-the-mouth mousses and temptingly tasty truffles.…..oh JOY to the world!

A Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates!

A Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates!

I will now move on to my tasting notes and review and yes, there is also a recipe for you too, shared below! 

A Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates!

A Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates!

Tasting Notes and Description:

Continental Tasting Heart Collection (570g)

Product Code : 60986
Price: £19.99
(£3.51 per 100g)

What’s the fastest way to a chocoholic’s heart? These 48 fabulously tasty milk, white and dark chocolates, hand-picked and lovingly presented in a pretty heart-shaped box.

Our Continental Tasting Heart Collection is inspired by our favourite experiences in Europe, whether that’s sipping on a cappuccino in a delightful Italian cafe or taking in the light and fruity smell of a sunny lemon grove in Sicily. Take a bite into the alpini and re-live the crisp beauty of the snow-capped mountains of the Alps: this is no ordinary box of chocolates!

It is simply brimming with creamy pralines, melt-in-the-mouth mousses and temptingly tasty truffles, which means plenty of scrummy flavours to help you savour each moment…

Allergy, Intolerance & Recipe Info:

Suitable for vegetarians
No gluten-containing ingredients
Contains added nuts
Contains added milk
May contain egg
Contains added soya
Free from artificial colour
Free from artificial flavouring

(Thorntons Chocolate Site)

A Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates!

Chocolates ready to sample on the sofa

My Tasting Notes:

There were 16 different types of chocolates in the box, and I am going to feature our favourites: 

Mum: LOVED the Sicilian Lemon Mousse chocolates and STOLE them all before I had a look in…..she said that they were lemony and fluffy with a smooth cocoa taste, and as I didn’t taste one, I have to take her word for it!

Mum also liked the Ganache au Marc de Champagne, well she would wouldn’t she? But, I was quicker off the mark this time and also indulged in one, and they were silky smooth with a pronounced taste of champagne.

Ganache au Marc de Champagne

Mum eating a Ganache au Marc de Champagne = TEASING me!

Mum’s last favourite were the Vanille Truffles, coated in white chocolate she said they were very smooth and creamy with a subtle vanilla taste and that she would fight me for the last one……I gave in and let her have it.

Dad: Dad is a dark chocolate addict, so he was VERY taken with the Cherry Truffle, and we let him fill his boots with those…..he said they were delightfully fruity with a soft centre and a smooth bitter-sweet casing of chocolate – we think he was trying to impress us there.

Dad also loved the Valencia chocolates, again these were dark chocolates and he said the soft centre filling of  sweet orange was deliciously and devilishly divine – again, we think he was giddy with all the cocoa and was trying to impress us with “foodie” lingo.

His last favourite was the Tirimasu, these are also my favourites and I had to arm wrestle him for the last one; we both loved these little chocolate cups of brandy creamed truffles, and, I know where he has hidden the last one.

Me: I loved all the rest, but if I was to narrow it down, here’s my top three favourites – get romantic with the chocolate Amour, as I did, this heart-shaped chocolate was filled with marzipan and an orange liqueur truffle, which I kept quiet about in front of my parents, as they both like a tipple now and then.

My next favourite was the old Thorntons classic, the Viennese Truffle, and that IS a chocolate and NOT the waltz…..however, this delectable chocolate DID dance in my mouth whilst I ate it, and I love the light fluffy mousse in the middle.

Lastly, and I am lucky to be able to include these, as BOTH my parents were eyeing them up, are the Alpini chocolates – these “snow topped” chocolates contain a hazelnut and almond praline which is fabulous and makes me dream of skiing down white chocolate covered mountains…….let me know if they do that to you too!

Overall rating out of 10:

10/10 = For the journey through France and Italy, as well as for quality, variety, attractive packaging that is NOT over the top and a wonderful selection of classic Continental chocolates. Quite simply good enough to eat for breakfast, see recipe below.

A Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates!

A Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates!

Recipe for A Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates! 

A Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates!

A Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates!

 

Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates!

Serves 1+
Prep time 10 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, Main Dish, Side Dish, Snack, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Formal Party, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentines day
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
The perfect No-Cook Breakfast for Valentine's day and many other "special" occasions - take time to choose your preferred chocolates with care.

Ingredients

  • 1 x box of Thorntons Continental Chocolates (Tasting Heart (570g))

Note

The perfect No-Cook Breakfast for Valentine's day and many other "special" occasions - take time to choose your preferred chocolates with care.

Directions

Step 1 Open the box of chocolates, and decide what chocolates you like best - test them with a cuppa tea or coffee and set them aside, test again to make sure.
Step 2 Arrange the box and some plates on the table, test some chocolates again to make sure you have the right flavours and textures for your chosen brew and then select them, placing them on the breakfast table with a napkin and knife and fork.
Step 3 Don't forget the napkins and flowers if you have any.
Step 4 Eat immediately with tea, coffee, hot chocolate or champagne for the perfect start to the day.

A Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates!

A Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates!

Disclaimer: I received these chocolates from Thorntons Chocolates free of charge for review with no request to share my findings on my blog. All views and opinions are my own. Karen S Burns-Booth

A Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates!

A Romantic Continental Breakfast with Thorntons Chocolates!

Continental Tasting Heart Collection (570g) 11

Continental Tasting Heart Collection (570g)

 

Comments

  1. says

    Haha, love your breakfast recipe Karen. Used to love the Viennese Truffles and Alpini and whilst I’m sure I’d have valiantly eaten my way through the entire box, I do find them all a bit too sweet these days.

  2. Tracy Nixon says

    I showed my kids this and told them – my breakfast for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day! They thought I was joking!

  3. says

    I know you’ve only put the fork there for the styling but you’ve just reminded me of that hilarious kids game where they dress up in silly outfits and eat large bar of Dairy Milk with knife and fork. Or was that just my childhood?!

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