Dear Emily’s Chocolates,
I am terribly sorry it took me so long to write this review. You were generous enough to mail me soooo many delicious chocolate covered things, and though I immediately got up a review of the cookies (OMG and ZOMG!), that was nearly two weeks ago, and I still haven’t written about your limited edition gift boxes. In my defense, the last two weeks of class are always hectic, and now I’m smack in the middle of reading period trying to write final papers and study for final exams. But now I’m procrastinating starting my 20-pager music cognition paper, so here’s the long overdue review. Photos of the packaging are from Emily’s Chocolates’ website.
Dark Chocolate Mixed Berry Box
Dried strawberries, blueberries, and cranberries covered in dark chocolate. The biggest ones are the strawberries, while the blueberries and cranberries are visually identical, as far as I can tell.
Because the strawberries are the biggest, they have the brightest fruit flavor. The blueberries were also surprisingly sweet. Only the cranberries, I felt , weren’t assertive enough to stand out against the sweetness of the dark chocolate coating. They were listed in the ingredients as “sweetened” while the strawberries and blueberries were not. I wish they had been a little more tart, which may have kept them from being overwhelmed by the chocolate.
Overall a nice fruit assortment. Nothing groundbreakingly delicious but good, and incredibly addictive. An OM.
Dark chocolate covered cranberries and almonds. In case you couldn’t guess that from the name.
The cranberries were the same as those of the previously reviewed mix. What made this stand out was the almonds. They had a wonderful roasted almond flavor, and almonds are strong nuts that balance well with chocolate. You can see from the picture how generous that chocolate coating is.
Like all the stuff Emily’s sent me, these guys were addictive. An OM.
Dark Chocolate Covered Cashews
These came inside an adorable snowman. He’s no longer on the website, but a penguin version of him is. I think cashews are to bland to balance dark chocolate, so I just gave these an O. My least favorite of the group. But the adorable snowman gets props.
Limited Edition Chocolate Covered Cherry Hazelnut Holiday Mix
I saved the best for last. Dark chocolate covered dried cherries and roasted hazelnuts. Soooooo good! The cherries were perfectly tart and super bright against the chocolate. They’re listed as “dried red sour cherries”. Good choice on letting them be sour! And the hazelnuts! Whole roasted hazelnuts covered in shiny dark chocolate – it really doesn’t get any better than that. I shared the rest of these mixes with my friends (mostly to keep myself from eating them all), but the hazelnuts and cherries I hoarded for myself. An enthusiastic ZOMG!
Emily’s Chocolates does good work. As I said before, I was surprised at how affordable their products are, and they’re prettily wrapped for convenient gift giving. Order by December 10 and get free ground shipping if you spend at least $40. I’d stock up for gift-giving to teachers, coworkers, bosses, and to bring as hostess gifts.