Adventures in Eating & Cooking
OMGGG, I’ve been so overdue on posts since I had lost my stupid USB camera connector cord when I was moving out of my dorm!! But I ordered a new one and alas it has finally come. This one is a long overdue post and I will probably have to triple post tomorrow… Haha.
So as mentioned in my previous post, I will be reviewing Godiva’s new line of seasonal ice cream parlor truffles. And my, I must say these are quite delicious and ingenious, because almost everyone loves ice cream and chocoholics like me love both so the fusion of these two is like a miracle to sweet tooths like me.
Since I’m a Rewards Member, I ordered a set of 3 boxes + 1 extra box online for a special offer. I got the Mint Chocolate Chip, Neopolitan, Pecan Caramel Sundae, and Hazelnut Gelato. Nearly ecstatic when I found out the package came, I tore open the box, jumped on the bubble wrap, and tried each flavor.
I must say the Pecan Caramel Sundae blew my mind! It was naturally my favorite of the four, with oozing rich caramel that gushes out when you first bite in, and a layer of pecan-flavored cream cushioning the caramel. This is enclosed in a milk chocolate shell coated with crunchy toasted pecan bits. This was great, though they could probably get sickening since they’re on the sweeter side (as is most Godiva milk chocolate products). Nonetheless, these little truffles did manage to truly capture the explosion of ice cream in a sundae.
My second favorite was the Hazelnut Gelato truffle since the sweet nutty scent of hazelnut was captured quite well within the cream. This tasted a bit like a Ferrara Rocher, except the hazelnut cream was fluffier. The flavor wasn’t as creative or eclectic as the others, but it got the job done.
I also really liked the Mint Chocolate Chip, only I think the temperature chocolate is kept in does not do the flavor any justice. The reason why mint chocolate is such an amazing ice cream flavor is because the coolness of the mint is enhanced by the coldness of the ice cream. Since chocolate usually feels warm and heavy if it is overeaten, most people can’t handle too much and get sick of it (unless of course, you’re me!) Adding mint decreases this effect and adds a refreshing quality to the chocolate, allowing people to enjoy it more. Adding the ice cream factor enhances the flavor.
However, Godiva’s Mint Chocolate Chip truffle did not have this effect so much because it was too warm and the cream was too rich. The minty taste was just not strong enough to capture the essence of mint chocolate chip ice cream. I would just rather go down to the ice cream parlor for this flavor.
Neopolitan is the Italian ice cream flavor of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla combination. The innards were half strawberry and half vanilla-chocolate blended cream. This had a great burst of flavor and really captured the Neopolitan taste, but I was disappointed by the texture of the cream.
Well in general for the Mint Chocolate Chip and Neopolitan, I did not like the cream texture very much because it was too creamy and rich for the degree of lightness. I enjoyed how whipped and airy the cream was, but it still felt heavy in my mouth because I think too much fat or cream was injected into it. This took away from some of the flavor. The Caramel Pecan and Hazelnut didn’t have this problem, and let me reiterate the Caramel Pecan was amazing!!!! Despite some inherent flaws in the cream base, I love these truffles and think it’s one of Godiva’s best lines yet. (And I usually don’t like Godiva chocolates that much…)
Conclusion: Great job on the new seasonal truffles, Lady Godiva. Probably one of the cleverest ideas and season-directed marketing technique yet!