As Christmas approaches, you often can’t go wrong with fine chocolates when it comes to choosing festive gifts for your loved ones.
Chocolate truffles are a particularly indulgent treat, often wrapped in fancy packaging to make an ideal gift – and most major supermarkets carry their own version of the popular confection. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one to go for – but luckily truffles have been put to the test.
A BirminghamLive reporter toured the most popular retailers to pick up boxes of truffles and determine which were the tastiest, as well as rating them on looks and value for money. Here’s the verdict on chocolates from Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Asda and more.
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Tesco FreeFrom Triple Choc Truffles
Price: £4.80 for 140g
They may have been one of the most expensive chocolates per gram, but Tesco’s vegan offering came at the bottom of the pile. The reviewer found the chocolates to be overly sweet and almost too hard to chew, while the packaging wasn’t particularly inspiring either – the final verdict: “Not good for taste or value for money.”
Asda Extra Special Smoked Caramel Whiskey Flavor Chocolate Truffles
Price: £2 for 58g
Asda’s truffles also fared poorly in the taste test, with the unusual combination of flavors falling flat when the reviewer called them “style over substance”. While these caramel and whiskey flavored chocolates came in an attractive diamond shape sprinkled with gold glitter, they turned out to be so “unhealthily sweet” that they were ultimately impossible to finish.
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Cocoa Dusted Belgian Chocolate Truffles
Price: £3.50 for 260g
At one of the cheapest options per gram, Sainsbury’s Chocolates impressed in the taste test, plus points for their ‘chic’ box which would be ideal as a gift. While the reviewer found the truffles to taste “delightfully intense”, a few points were eliminated for their “slightly messy” appearance.
Lidl JD Gross Truffles with dark and milk chocolate flakes
Price: £2.49 for 200g
Lidl also came in the middle of the road for its truffles, offering the second-best value on price but again losing some points for looks. The general verdict was: “Pretty average taste and good value”, the chocolates unable to compete with some of the stronger competitors from other stores.
Waitrose Salted Caramel Truffles
Price: £4.80 for 120g
Although these Waitrose chocolates were “beautifully presented” in an elegant cube-shaped box full of gold-dusted truffles, they didn’t fare so well when it came to the flavor factor. The reviewer found that “the taste doesn’t live up to its very special appearance”, which was disappointing given that these were the most expensive truffles on the list.
Morrisons The Best Salted Caramel Belgian Chocolate Truffles
Price: £4 for 104g
Morrisons was among the top contenders for truffles with its chocolate offering, which the reviewer said it would “happily give as a gift” based solely on its presentation in a white box with each gooey truffle in its own compartment. The flavor got top marks, described as “delicious and so much more you’ll want to dive in for more” – but the box lost a point for not being as good value as some of the other options.
Aldi Moser Roth Belgian Cocoa Dusted Truffles
Price: £2.29 for 200g
Made especially for Aldi by chocolatier Moser Roth, these truffles come in stylish packaging that would surely do the trick as a Christmas present – and they were also the cheapest in the taste test. Although the shape of the truffles was somewhat less desirable, the reviewer felt that these chocolates tasted “surprisingly good” – describing them as “rich in smooth chocolate, but also light enough not to feel sickly”.
M&S Swiss Chocolatier Milk Chocolate Truffles
Price: £5.50 for 205g
The only truffles to get five stars, it seems you can’t beat Marks & Spencer’s popular Swiss chocolates. Individually wrapped in sparkling foil, they were hailed as a ‘clear winner’ in the taste test, delivering ‘irresistible’ flavor and perfect ball-shaped chocolates – ideal for feasting on Christmas.