Hotel Chocolat produce some lovely and unique chocolates. These Liqourice Puddles are no exception!
I first received a bag of these Liquorice Puddles as a Christmas gift. They lasted me for ages… I’d ration them out and have just two or three at a time. The flavours are so good, rich and complex, that I didn’t feel I was missing out. I treated myself to a second bag during my February trip back to England.
I know that sounds like a long time ago, especially as we’re now in May, but I still have a few of these buttons left. They’re Best Before End of June, so I’m still good for time.
They look a little bit scuffed but I think we can forgive Hotel Chocolat here. After all, they’re in surprisingly good condition considering they’ve been carted around Manchester in a rucksack before being repacked into a suitcase for a flight to Germany!
Creamy white chocolate speckled with piquant liquorice and a pinch of salt to really bring out the flavour. | Hotel Chocolat
At £5.50 per bag of 110g, they’re definitely something of a treat rather than an every day item. They’re suitable for vegetarians but with being a white chocolate, they’re no good for people who need to avoid milk products. The pack says they’re approximately 18 calories per button.
Ingredients: Cocoa Butter, Sugar, Full Cream Milk Powder, Skimmed Milk Powder, Liquorice Root Powder (3%), Natural Flavour (Liquorice), Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Sea Salt. White Chocolate Contains Minimum 36% Cocoa Solids, Minimum 27% Milk Solids. For Allergens See in Bold. May Contain Traces Of Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Soya, Milk, Gluten, Wheat.
So what do I actually think of them? The smooth and creamy white chocolate forms a wonderful base for the liquorice root powder. It’s mellow and offsets some of the harshness liquorice can have. If you’ve read my review for Katjes Tappsy pandas, you’ll know I’m a fan of a creamy, milky offset to liquorice.
This is a chocolate button for grown ups who like liquorice. The flavour is developed and present but avoids the treacle harshness that can be found in chewy liquorice products. The powder speckles the chocolate, turning the white base into a mushroomy shade.
The salt is noticeable but not overwhelming. It adds balance and does enhance the liquorice flavour without overpowering or becoming a feature. It’s not salty liquorice but think of it along the same lines as salted caramel. In turns, white chocolate, liquorice and salt all make an appearance.
For me, three of these large chocolate buttons is enough in one sitting. Proper liquorice lovers might try and give the whole bag a go but I think that’d be a waste of a special treat. The flavour is so nicely executed and it’d be a shame to mindlessly munch them. I also think too many in one go would be too much, flavour wise. Don’t be deceived by the 3% liquorice root content, it’s pleasingly strong stuff.