Reviewer’s Note: A sample of the product discussed here was provided to me for reviewing purposes at no cost.
Despite the descending temperatures and drifting curbside dunes of dying foliage that characterize the season, Fall has its advantages. I count the festivity of seasonal treats among these (my past tendency to poke good-natured fun at the increasing prevalence of pumpkin spiced-everything notwithstanding), and they are one reason among many that it’s my favorite time of the year.
A few days ago, Boston’s oldest chocolatier Phillips Chocolates shipped us review samples of two of its most popular items─one of them both seasonal and pumpkin-inspired─for our tasting and evaluating pleasure. Phillips’ Chocolate Turtle assortment arrived along with a slice of its Pumpkin Pie Fudge.
Interesting about the Chocolate Turtle with which we began is that it marks the first time in my recollection that Flavorful World has reviewed an item to have received praise from Caesar in the form of praise from Oprah (which, let’s be honest here, is pretty much the same thing except that her empire vastly exceeds his), having been named one of her Favorite Things. The 9-piece assortment of milk and dark chocolate turtles came bearing gifts of roasted cashews, almonds, or pecans within. Handmade, they came filled with caramel that remained pleasantly chewy, firm in texture without being difficult to bite into, as can sometimes happen with caramel. The chocolate strikes an impressive visual, looking lustrous, with the rich colors that bode well in terms of candy freshness. The chocolate here is smooth on the tongue, and each turtle tasted as sweet and nutty as it smelled.
As for the Pumpkin Pie Fudge slice, it too earns accolades for its visual presentation, fashioned as it is after a miniature slice of holiday pumpkin pie. Its golden orange color and “pie crust” created by having its lower edge dipped in dark chocolate work together to make it virtually indistinguishable from an actual slice of pie. That illusion is further served by the subtle baking spices present in its aroma. When tasted, its flavors of chocolate and pumpkin puree are bound together by the respective creamy textures of fudge and dark chocolate. These work together to create a tasting experience worthy of sharing with others.
It’s not hard to imagine either of these items making an excellent hostess gift or being the star attraction of any holiday dessert spread to which it is added. Learn more about these and other Phillips Chocolates items at http://www.phillipschocolate.com/.
This article first appeared on FlavorfulWorld.com.
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