Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Might As Well Be Strawberry Chocolate, Godiva Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Truffles Underwhelm!
The Good: Good ingredients, Affordable, Decent serving size
The Bad: Cheesecake flavor cannot overcome the chocolate coating
The Basics: Godiva Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Truffles does not have a flavor that truly matches its promise.
Last year for the holidays, my wife did what many child-free spouses do; she had some gifts that she gave to me under the guise of being from my pets. One of the new-to-me chocolates that supposedly came from one of my cats was a bag of Godiva Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Truffles. The Godiva Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Truffles are good, but in no way extraordinary. My cat, Elim, would be disappointed to discover what a neutral reaction I had to these truffles.
Godiva is a famous fancy chocolatier that is most known for their gold-wrapped boxes of chocolates that are most frequently used by men to bribe women to get them out of whatever trouble they have gotten themselves into. They make high-end chocolates, but in recent years, Godiva has been marketing a line geared toward Target shoppers and their individually wrapped, bagged, truffles, seem to be the lynch-pin. In recent years, it appears Godiva has stepped up to use better ingredients, even in their mass market chocolates.
The Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Truffles come in a 4.25 oz. bag, which puts it in direct competition with Lindt and Ghirardelli products on Target's shelves. The bag has twelve truffles in it, which represents three servings. Each truffle is individually wrapped within the bag in a magenta colored wrapper. Unwrapping foil wrapper reveals the 1 3/8” in diameter by 3/4" tall dome of chocolate that is the truffle.
Ease Of Preparation
Eating Godiva Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Truffles is not a real challenge. After opening the bag, simply pull out a truffle, unwrap it and stick it in your mouth. There is no particularly complicated equation to eating these chocolates. The unwrapping of each truffle before consuming is pretty much all it takes.
Unwrapping the truffle reveals a fairly strong milk chocolate aroma. There is no hint of strawberry in the scent from these truffles, at least while the chocolate shell remains intact.
In the mouth, the Godiva Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Truffle is sweet and had a faint hint of strawberry right in the chocolate shell. As the center is exposed, the milky and strawberry flavors explode in the mouth. The chocolate flavor somewhat overwhelms the sweet, sugary cheesecake center. The fruit flavor in the dessert truffle holds its own with the milk chocolate, but the cheesecake portion of the center does not.
These truffles have a very minor, slightly sweet, aftertaste that lingers for about one minute on the tongue.
Godiva chocolates are intended as a dessert product, so anyone attempting to live off them has another thing coming! These twelve truffles represent three full servings of the chocolates and those looking for real nutrition will have to look elsewhere. Made primarily of sugar, cocoa butter, and unsweetened chocolate, these are pretty high-quality chocolates. This is not an all-natural food product and these truffles were produced on equipment that forces them to add a disclaimer about peanuts, wheat and other tree nuts.
In addition to no ingredients I cannot readily pronounce, Godiva’s Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Truffles have 200 calories for each four truffle serving, with 110 of the calories from fat. A full four truffle serving represents 35% of one’s RDA of saturated fat and 3% of the RDA of cholesterol. Surprisingly, they are fairly low in sodium with only 35 mg per serving and there are two grams of protein to be had by eating a full serving. These are not a significant source of vitamins or minerals, though the serving does provide 6% of one's RDA of Iron and Calcium and a single gram of dietary fiber.
As a chocolate, Godiva Gems’ Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Truffles are fine as long as they are stored in their bag and wrappers at a cool, dry temperature. One of my pets gifted me a bag of these for the winter holidays and they have an expiration date of July 2016, so they do have a decent shelf life. If they melt, they will stain. Otherwise, cleanup is simply throwing the foil wrapper away and recycling the paper bag the truffles come in.
Godiva Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Truffles are all right, but not cheesecake flavored enough to truly thrill those who love chocolate cheesecake blends.
For other Godiva chocolate reviews, please check out:
Caramel Nut Brownie Dessert Truffles
Godiva Vanilla Sundae in Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar
Godiva Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles
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