Fruit-centred chocolate balls verses fruit-centred chocolate balls!
Ah Christmas! Don’t you love it when people gift you premium chocolates which you otherwise wouldn’t buy for yourself, as you’re too cheap!
This Christmas my sister gave us a hamper, which included a packet of Lindt Fruit Sensations- Mango & Passionfruit.
While my wife’s boss gave her a Haigh’s Christmas chocolate hamper, which included a packet of Berrychocs.
Thus with 2 types of balls in my hands, what better than to facilitate a Chocolate ball V Chocolate ball head-to-head battle!
Lindt Fruit Sensations- Mango & Passionfruit
Out of the blocks, Lindt’s chocolate stands out due to its dark chocolate flavour – the pairing of a bitter dark chocolate with a sweet fruit centre, definitely grabs your attention due to the opposing sweet and bitter flavours. The Lindt balls are a bit on the small side, being almost as small as a large pea? So it’s actually hard to tell if the fruit centre is genuine dried fruit covered in dark chocolate (this was my original expectation), or if it was merely an artificial jelly which happened to be flavoured like mango and passionfruit. Priced at $4.00 (100g), it’s more affordable, but it also tastes more commercial/mass produced. **Note: The fruit centre is a fruit puree incorporated with other binders.
Haigh’s Chocolate Berrychocs
When you pull one out of the pack, it’s obviously larger than the Lindt ball – easily the size of a macadamia nut? Biting into it, the Haigh’s chocolate is definitely creamier and more premium tasting than the Lindt. Whereas if the Berrychocs were coated in a darker, more bitter chocolate? The Berrychocs would have easily won hands down (Haigh’s Berrychocs are a mixture of both milk and dark chocolate). The fruit centre is very soft, and when I was trying to work out what the fruity centre reminded me of, Cadbury’s Cherry Ripe came to mind. According to the Haigh’s web-site, the Berrychocs are:
“Strawberry and raspberry flavoured fruit centres with a white chocolate layer then pan coated in milk or dark chocolate”
With that description alone, it spells out artisan chocolatier! And how it justifies a more premium price of $10.50 for 200g.
So in this chocolate ball head-to-head, I do believe the Haigh’s chocolate Berrychocs has it! My measure? If I could only have one more choc-y ball, I’d reach for the Haighs! But if you’d like to check out either of these tasty chocolate products, click HERE for the Haigh’s Berrychocs, and HERE for the Lindt Fruit Sensations!