The Good: Delicious, Affordable, Decent ingredients
The Bad: None!
The Basics: Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate with Truffle is one of the perfect Ghirardelli chocolate squares well worth stocking up on!
When it comes to the Ghirardelli chocolate squares that I frequently review, there are remarkably few that have garnered a perfect rating. For Christmas, my wife picked me up some new (to me) dark chocolate squares and I was exceptionally pleased to discover that one of them was perfect. That was the Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate with Truffle flavor chocolate squates. The Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate with Truffle chocolate squares are a truly perfect chocolate square and they are one that is well worth stocking up on!
Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate with Truffle chocolate squares are one and 3/4” squares of chocolate that are 5/16” thick. Each of the squares comes individually wrapped in a metallic eggplant colored foil wrapper. It is worth noting that while I usually rail against the environmental impact of such things, it is hard to imagine Ghirardelli chocolate squares not wrapped. This keeps each one clean, unmelted and intact.
Each chocolate square is a seamless square that is a milk chocolate patty with the Ghirardelli symbol stamped into the top. In this form, the 4.78 oz. bag, the individually-wrapped chocolate squares are packaged together in a thick foil paper bag. This size has eleven squares and the thick foil paper bag does little to protect the squares. The bag is not resealable, though this matters very little considering that the chocolate squares do not go bad as they are individually wrapped.
One of these bags, even with eleven squares, tends to run in the $5.00 range, which is an impressive deal.
Ease Of Preparation
These are candy, so preparing them is as simple as opening the bag and then opening one of the foil wrappers around the actual chocolate square one wishes to eat. There is no grand secret to eating Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate with Truffle chocolate squares. That said, they do need to be kept comparatively cool or these squares will melt.
The Dark Chocolate with Truffle Ghirardelli squares smell strongly of chocolate. The strong chocolate scent is like a concentrated milk chocolate aroma. The scent is not like one of dark chocolate, but rather like a powerful, sweet chocolate that is super-concentrated.
The sweetness of the scent is not indicative of the flavor of the Dark Chocolate with Truffle chocolate squares. These chocolate squares have a flavor that is far stronger than the aroma would indicate. The dark chocolate exterior is not at all bitter, but it is concentrated in a way that is delightful and does not diminish the concentrated chocolate flavor. As the outer sweet coating melts away on the tongue, the center of the chocolate square bursts forth with a sweet and cocoa-filled truffle center. The center is dark and enjoyable and sweet!
There is a very sweet aftertaste to the Dark Chocolate with Truffle chocolate squares that completely eliminates any hint of the bitterness of the forceful dark chocolate for these squares.
The Dark Chocolate with Truffle chocolate squares are candy, so it is tough to look at these for something nutritious and then blame them for not being healthy. Ghirardelli chocolate squares have decent ingredients, though, which is probably why they are so expensive. The primary ingredients are sugar, unsweetened chocolate, and milk fat. There is nothing unpronounceable, nor unrecognizable in these candies.
A serving of the Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate with Truffle chocolate squares is considered a single square now. From one square, one takes in 80 calories, 50 of those calories coming from fat. There is a subtle amount (1% RDA for the serving) of cholesterol and no sodium, as well as trace amounts of Iron (4%).
Honestly, these are candy and anyone looking to them for actual nutrition needs to get a reality check. These are not Vegan-compliant, nor are they recommended for anyone with a nut allergy as they have hazelnuts. They are, however, kosher.
The bags of these Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate with Truffle chocolate squares remain fresh for quite some time. Our bag, which my wife gave me as a Christmas gift, had a September 30, 2015 expiration date. Given that it is chocolate, one assumes that if they are kept in a cool, dry environment they will not melt or go bad. It is hard to imagine just what it would take for these to go bad outside melting and refreezing.
As for cleanup, I applaud those who actually throw the wrappers away in socially appropriate places, as opposed to litter. Outside that, there is no real cleanup needed, unless one is eating them in a hot environment. In that case, it is likely one would need to wash their hands. If these chocolate squares melt into most fabrics, they will stain.
Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate with Truffle chocolate squares are one of the new flavors of Ghirardelli chocolate squares most worth trying and bulking up on. Perfection is a rare thing, but with the Dark Chocolate With Truffle chocolate squares get it!
For other Ghirardelli chocolate squares reviews, please check out:
Cinnamon Crunch Chocolate Squares
Mocha Chocolate Squares
Intense Dark Cherry Tango Chocolate Squares
For other candy reviews, please visit my Candy Review Index Page for an organized listing!
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