Well, at the end of that conference I was generously given a box of Haigh’s Assorted Truffles. It’s been waiting in my slowly-diminishing pile of chocolate ever since.
However, I felt I should at least try these truffles for the sake of those amongst you who’ve asked me to review Haigh’s. (I have previously blogged about Haigh’s Milk Chocolate with Honeycomb Pieces.)
I should have trusted my instincts.
After throwing the devil Cointreau Truffles as far from my person as possible generously giving my father the Cointreau Truffles, I decided to start with Haigh’s simplest offering, the Dark Chocolate Truffle.
Described as “a classic soft butter ganache hand dipped in our premium dark chocolate then dusted with dark cocoa powder”, the best I can say about this is that it was inoffensive. It was sweet without being too cloying and had some presence of chocolate flavour but, push comes to shove, I’d still rather eat a spoonful of mustard than another of these.
Haigh’s Lemon Truffle was “a smooth tangy centre flavoured with real lemon, generously hand dipped in creamy white chocolate”. If this is “real lemon”, then Heidi Montag is not half-plastic and Veronica Mars lives and breathes. (Also Logan Echolls.)
The strangest thing about this truffle was that, for a second, its aroma reminded me of grilled cheese on toast. However, after taking a bite, all I could think of was boiled lemon lollies and sugar. Not great, but not horrible.
Haigh’s Raspberry Truffle had a creamy raspberry centre coated in white and dark chocolate. Aesthetically-speaking, I liked the pretty swirls of chocolate on this one. The aroma did hint at real raspberries, but the taste was again like lollies (and a little like raspberry ice cream). In its favour, the texture was wonderfully smooth and silky.
Next up was the Praline Truffle. This was purported to have a hazelnut praline centre and a coating of caramelised hazelnut nibs and milk chocolate. I know that some of you like seeing my rough-n-tumble tasting notes in their unadulterated form, so here you are:
Texture is firmer in this one. No hazelnut aroma, just sickeningly sweet. Oh dear me, sickeningly sweet. No hazelnut flavour at all… dear holy bucket so sweet IT BURNS IT BURNS.
So let’s leave the Praline Truffle well enough alone.
Thankfully, one of the Haigh’s Truffles I tried did turn out to be enjoyable. The Café Latte Truffle had an aroma like black coffee mixed with hot chocolate (a mocha, you say? Careful; nobody like a smart aleck), and a fudgy texture. For once, the filling lived up to its claimed “real” coffee flavour, and was strong enough to pleasantly counter the truffle’s overall sweetness.
Unfortunately, Haigh’s one out of five truffle strike rate didn’t predispose me to try the other flavours in the box. I gave a Shiraz Truffle to my Mum and, when asked what she thought, she looked at me with the eye of one who’s been betrayed and muttered “it’s… a truffle”.
That said, let it be known and proclaimed throughout the land (by royal trumpet and decree and flying magical ponies with hooves made of glitter) that people who like truffles and excessive sweetness may well love Haigh’s truffles.
I’m just not that kind of people.
Question Time: Those of you who know and like Haigh’s, what would you recommend I try?