Saturday, February 6, 2010
Ferrara Chocolate: Strawberry
I think I am severely out of the loop.
Somewhere along the line I missed the memo that designated strawberry as the official flavor of Valentine's Day. (This must also be the same memo that declares Jay Leno is funny.) It seems like a majority of the Valentine's candy I have seen this year has been strawberry. Or maybe this has been going on for a while -- Valentine's Day is not a big holiday to me, and I think it has the weakest of all the seasonal candies.
All that said, this Ferrara chocolate intrigued me. It's a sizable globe (6.17 oz) and has the "chocolate orange" style presentation: the chocolate comes out in pre-molded slices. Each slice also bears a romantic saying, such as "True Love" or "Only You." (Why don't Valentine's Day candies ever bear messages that better reflect the real world? You know, sweet nothings like "Creepy Mama's Boy" or "Obsessed Stalker" or "Will Falsely Claim Pregnancy To Force You Into A Loveless And Prisonlike Marriage"? I just don't get it.)
In true chocolate orange fashion, you have to "whack" the orb to break the slices off. Let me tell you, this was one solid orb -- it really took some heavy hits to make the slices break apart. The slices are nicely molded, but they don't have the dimpled outer texture mimicking orange rind (or, I would guess in this case, strawberry seeds).
The scent is all milk and strawberry. Fake strawberry at that, but it's not so strong that it's noxious. The chocolate has a really nice snap and an incredibly smooth melt. It is milky and rich. It's not the most complex nor high-end milk chocolate, but it has a good flavor and is not overly sweet.
As for strawberry: The first few nibbles definitely give the sense that it's strawberry flavored...and then something weird happens. The flavor starts to taste more like fake cherry than fake strawberry. Sadly, as good as the chocolate is, the fruit flavor just gets to be too much. I made it through one slice before my teeth started to ache, and I couldn't take the sweetness of the fruit flavor.
It had potential. It blew it.