The Good: A comparatively inexpensive option for Godiva fans.
The Bad: Still somewhat expensive, VERY waxy, Blech!
The Basics: I was excited to try the Godiva Oranges & Cream in White Chocolate Truffle Bars, but discovered them to be worse than most mass-produced chocolates, especially the ones from Godiva!
As I am recently on a bit of a health kick, I have been enjoying fewer and fewer candies these days. As a result, when I do choose one to review, I tend to take it personally when it disappoints me. After all, if I am going to use up some of my precious calories on something I am reviewing, I certainly want it to be good! I’ve sampled about one Godiva product my wife got me for the holidays a week, like the Godiva Vanilla Sundae In Dark Chocolate Truffle Bars (reviewed here!). So, I actually went into my tasting of the Godiva Oranges & Cream in White Chocolate Truffle Bars very excited.
What a huge let down!
This might well be the worst Godiva product I have ever tried. These candy bars were available for approximately $1.50/each when my wife and I found them at Target. Fortunately, I married a savvy shopper and she picked them up for fifty cents each when they were clearance, but generally this is a pricier candy bar and with how bad it tastes, it is impossible to recommend, even at that deflated price.
Godiva, of course, is the famous fancy chocolatier that is most known for their gold-wrapped boxes of chocolates that leave men pretty much bankrupt in the pursuit of spoiling their wives, girlfriends, mistresses, etc. They make high-end chocolates, but the truffle bars like this one seems to be their attempt to fit into the more thrifty shopping scheme of Target shoppers. While some of the other truffle bars and Gems impressed me, the Oranges & Cream in White Chocolate Truffle Bars were just terrible and I was utterly unimpressed by them.
The Oranges & Cream in White Chocolate Truffle Bars come in a 1.4 oz. chocolate bar that is foil-wrapped. Each bar represents a single serving and Godiva has the truffle bars presented as 1” wide by 4” long segmented chocolate bars. Each segment snaps apart from the bar and features a Godiva “G” stamped into it. This makes the Oranges & Cream in White Chocolate Truffle Bars very easy to portion out to have less than a full serving, which is nice for those who might be watching their waistline!
Ease Of Preparation
Eating Godiva Oranges & Cream in White Chocolate Truffle Bars is not a real challenge. After removing the wrapper, simply pull out the bar or break a segment off and stick it in your mouth. There is no particularly complicated equation to eating these chocolates. This is an entirely ready-to-eat food!
Unwrapping the truffle bar, I was surprised not by how fruity the chocolate smelled, but how the white chocolate was aromatic. Smelling strongly of white chocolate, with a strange salty bouquet, the Oranges & Cream in White Chocolate Truffle Bar actually smells like warm, melting white chocolate with only a hint of orange in the afterscent.
Placing the chocolate on the tongue, the Oranges & Cream in White Chocolate Truffle Bar is immediately distinguished by a sadly waxy-tasting white chocolate. In fact, the white chocolate is virtually flavorless and the bar only tastes decent when it is broken open. There, the orange flavored filling comes out and begins to usurp the waxy white chocolate.
Unfortunately, the orange ganache is not strong enough. It remains sublimated to the pretty horrible waxy chocolate exterior that dominates the taste with its flavorless, slightly chewy texture.
Godiva chocolates are intended as a dessert product, so anyone attempting to live off them is proceeding under a ridiculous premise! These 1.4 oz. Truffle Bars represent a single serving and those looking for real nutrition will have to look elsewhere. Made primarily of white chocolate, sorbitol and butter, there are a lot of unpronounceable items in the ingredients. This is not an all-natural food product and these Truffle Bars were produced on equipment that forces them to add a disclaimer about tree nuts.
In addition to ingredients I cannot readily pronounce, Godiva's Oranges & Cream in White Chocolate Truffle Bars have 230 calories, 140 of which are from fat. A full serving represents 50% of one's RDA of saturated fat and 5% of the RDA of cholesterol. Surprisingly, they are fairly low in sodium with only 45 mg per serving and there are 3 grams of protein to be had by eating a full serving. These are not a significant source of vitamins or minerals, though they do have 10% of one’s daily calcium.
As a chocolate, Godiva Oranges & Cream in White Chocolate Truffle Bars are fine as long as they are stored below 65 degrees Fahrenheit. My wife picked these up for me in May of 2011 and they have an expiration date of February 2012, so they do have a decent shelf life. If they melt, they will stain, so consult your fabric guide if that happens. Otherwise, cleanup is simply throwing the foil wrapper away when you are done with the chocolate bar.
Godiva Oranges & Cream in White Chocolate Truffle Bars are pretty bad, though the orange paste in the center is tasty enough if you can segregate it from the surprisingly substandard white chocolate that surrounds it!
For other reviews of Godiva chocolates, please check out:
Godiva Gems Dark Vanilla Sundae Truffles
Godiva Gems Dark Mint Chocolate Chip Truffles
Godiva Gems White & Orange Truffles
For other food and drink reviews, please visit my index page on the subject! That is available by clicking here!
© 2012 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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