Reviewed by Catherine Joyce
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a real chocoholic, so when I was asked if I would like to review some Holdsworth chocolates to say I was thrilled was an understatement!
Holdsworth’s have been around almost 30 years, the company was started in March 1988 by Barbara Holdsworth who had identified a gap in the market for premium handcrafted chocolates. Working from a small unit in her home town of Bakewell, she began to blend the best possible ingredients from around the world to realise her dream. Made to her unique recipes and exacting standards, the result was a range of exquisite, world-class chocolates that quickly acquired a reputation as one of ‘the’ chocolate experiences. Barbara has now retired from the company, but the company is still run by the family and her vision continues to this day. Her handcrafted chocolates are now sold in some of Britain’s finest department stores and food halls, including Booths, John Lewis, Harrods and Selfridges.
In my office we always do a Secret Santa, spending between £5 and £6 on the gift, my recipient this year has a sweet tooth and I know she will love the Milk Chocolate Orange Truffles which cost £6 for 100g. The handmade ganache truffles are delicately infused with natural orange oil and covered in 33% milk chocolate and are the nicest orange truffles I have ever tasted. The truffle has lovely thick chocolate covering the zesty orange truffle and they taste simply amazing.
If you like something a bit more Christmassy then the Traditional Festive Truffles are a great choice. These chocolates cost £9 and come in a lovely festive red box. When you open the lid, the chocolates are wrapped in red tissue paper adding an extra touch of luxury. There are four types of truffle in the box, all with festive flavours, Amaretto and cherry marzipan, brandy butter truffle, Christmas pudding truffle and milk chocolate cranberry cream. The box contains two of each flavour which was very convenient as my husband was very keen to help me review these truffles and it meant we could have one of each flavour each! We both thought these truffles were delicious and it was very hard to pick a favourite however after a lot of deliberation we both decided on the Amaretto and cherry marzipan one as the flavours worked so well together and weren’t overpowered by the Amaretto.
The final box of chocolates that we tried was The Union Jack Box of genuine British chocolates. Costing £15, this box showcases all of Holdsworth’s most popular chocolates in one irresistible package. The box consists of handmade milk, dark and white chocolates all with soft centres which are made to melt in your mouth. Ordinarily when we have a box of chocolates there are a couple that are left because nobody likes them but there wasn’t a single chocolate in this box that I didn’t like! Containing 16 delicious chocolates I really was spoilt for choice; the dark Grand Marnier truffle was a favourite along with the dark strawberry cream whereas my husband preferred the milk hazelnut praline and the white rum truffle. I have friends that live in Canada who I send chocolate parcels to on a regular basis and I know they would love these chocolates with the Union Jack Box reminding them of home.
If you are looking for a special Christmas gift, a Secret Santa or even a “just in case” gift then Holdsworth chocolates are definitely worth considering. They have an excellent range of chocolates starting from only £4 making Christmas shopping a doddle! You can see the whole range on their website www.holdsworthchocolates.co.uk, but be warned you will be spoilt for choice!
For more information, to find stockists or to buy online visit www.holdsworthchocolates.co.uk.