For the past few years, Iâ€™ve seen a lot of these Turin liqueur-filled chocolates on store shelves around Christmas time. Unlike other liqueur-filled chocolates, these ones go for brand name recognition â€“ they come in the flavors of Baileyâ€™s, Grand Marnier and Kahlua, complete with the logos of those liqueurs on the packages.
I actually think this is a really good product idea, and given the commonness of liqueur-filled chocolates, Iâ€™m surprised that we havenâ€™t seen more of this kind of cooperation between beverage and candy companies. Turin seems to be going for maximum market saturation, with their chocolates available at most retailers, in all sizes of containers from little bags of four or five to large boxes and big novelty plastic tubes.
Previously, Iâ€™d only ever tried the Baileyâ€™s variety, which I thought was pretty amazing – and apparently everyone else did too, as itâ€™s hard to find them in anything other than a big expensive tin, especially in the post-holiday sale season. So I decided to go with the Kahlua-filled ones for this review.
The bonbons are wrapped in a twist of metallic gold plastic, with a second layer of gold foil wrapped around the chocolate itself â€“ Iâ€™m assuming to preserve freshness and cut down on the sticky aftereffects of any filling-related spills.
The chocolates themselves are little milk chocolate domes topped with a Turin logo. They have a mild smell of milk and vanilla, with a little whiff of the liqueur inside. The chocolate is milky and slightly sharp-tasting, and the dark brown, syrupy filling (made from Kahlua, sugar and thickeners) is pretty strong, though not as strong as the boozy Griotte cherry cordials I just reviewed. In the Griotte, the dark chocolate made the liqueur flavor more intense, while here, the milk chocolate helps to mellow it out. They have a very pleasant aftertaste of milky chocolate and mild liqueur.
I havenâ€™t had much Kahlua in the past â€“ just the occasional cocktail that didnâ€™t give me a real indication of its flavor. I was expecting it to taste more coffee-y â€“ what coffee flavor there is seems to blend with the flavor of the chocolate, making it not that noticeable.
In all, I didnâ€™t like these as much as I did the Baileyâ€™s, but if youâ€™re a Kahlua fan, youâ€™ll probably want to check them out before they disappear from store shelves for another year.
Buy Turin Chocolates Online:
- at Amazon.com