Overall rating: 4.5/5
With the festive season upon us, we have all started thinking about new and exciting gifting options- products other than the boring mithais and dry fruits. A brand new venture, Bonjour Chocolates, is here to make our decision easier.
Bonjour Chocolates offers fine hand-crafted chocolates and chocolate confections, created with top-quality ingredients and packaged and presented beautifully. The team behind the venture has undergone extensive training in India and abroad. Being chocolate lovers themselves, their aim is to provide delicious and innovative products made with passion. To ensure their focus on quality, they currently create their products on-order and would perhaps look into setting up chocolate boutiques in the future.
I am a huge fan of all things chocolate, so when I received a Tasting Box from Bonjour Chocolates, I was simply delighted. What blew me away instantly was the gorgeous packaging- elegant and classy- perfect for gifting purposes. But what was even better than the beautiful box, was what the box contained- delicious chocolate goodies.
Chocolate Walnut Cake: Light and airy cake, with a lovely dark chocolate flavour.
Vanilla Butter Cookies: The cookies were light and crumbly, and were not at all dense. The flavour of the vanilla was subtle, but still came through, and the butter gave the cookies a nice richness. These would be a perfect accompaniment to your evening tea.
Nerdy Nut Chocolate Bar: The chocolate had a smooth texture and was loaded with roasted nuts on one side, giving a crunch in every bite.
Traditional English Toffee: Made with pure butter and dark chocolate, this toffee was luscious and had a lovely mouth-feel. The toffee was set perfectly, and was really crunchy and not chewy at all, just the way it should be.
Chocolate Truffles: I simply love chocolate truffles, but rarely are they made well. But Bonjour Chocolates did a splendid job with their truffles. The tasting box had 5 flavours of truffle- mocha, tropical treat, classic, pistachio and chocolate mousse.
The mocha truffle had a dark chocolate java ganache filling, encased in a milk chocolate shell, decorated with a speck of edible gold. The truffle not only looked lavish, but also tasted divine.
Tropical treat had a lemon and coconut ganache in a while chocolate covering, dusted with coconut. The combination of the lemon and coconut with the white chocolate was really unique and tasty.
The classic truffle had a dark chocolate caramel ganache in milk chocolate, coated with salted peanuts. The balance of the sweet and salty elements on this truffle was superb.
The pistachio truffle had white chocolate ganache in a white chocolate shell, dusted with pistachio. This was nice as well, but a bit too sweet for my liking.
The chocolate mousse truffle was perhaps my favourite of the lot. It had a luscious chocolate mousse in a milk chocolate covering, dusted with cocoa. The cocoa dusting provided the truffle with just the right amount of bitterness, making the chocolate flavour shine.
Dessert Sauces: The box also had 2 tiny jars of caramel sauce and chocolate fudge sauce, which could be used as a topping for waffles, ice-creams, cakes, etc. I, however, unabashedly had these sauces as it is, with a spoon. And they were both superb. While the chocolate fudge sauce could have been a tad thicker, to make it more fudgy, the caramel sauce was absolute perfection. It was clear that the sugar had been taken to just below smoking point to attain the light brown colour and the rich flavour.
Overall, it was a delightful box of delicious chocolate goodies, packaged in the most beautiful manner. I simply loved all the products, but my absolute favourites were the chocolate mousse truffles, mocha truffle and caramel sauce. I would totally recommend these ornate, lavish boxes for gifting to friends and family on Diwali!
To find out more about Bonjour Chocolates, check out their Facebook page here.