Chocolate of the Day
Läderach Chocolatier Suisse
1.) Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts - Good ++
2.) Dark Chocolate round - Good ++ - Good +++
Weight: .763 oz. (21.8 g.) / 4.2 oz. (120 g.) in total assortment box
Calories: 120 calories in 2 pieces
Cost: N/A - gift from Läderach ($24.90 USD on website)
Purchased from: N/A - gift from Läderach (picked up at Palo Alto, CA store)
Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Mother's Day Series, featuring one sweet and one darker chocolate (two chocolates) each day--reflecting my mother's preference for sweet confections and my love for darker chocolate.
Today's chocolate praline assortment was distributed by Läderach Chocolatier Suisse ("UK Lmted.") and was produced in Switzerland.
Läderach premium chocolates are made from bean-to-bar in Switzerland; and the company has retail shop locations in U.S. cities, including one in Stanford Shopping Center, in Palo Alto, CA.
Today's attractively packaged assortment was one of four heart-shaped Mother's Day items from Läderach featured this week. (Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 8, 2022, in the U.S.)
This ivory and gold gift box was secured with a mauve-pink ribbon (and clear adhesive tabs), and contained 11 praline chocolates. Milk, white and darker chocolates were all represented. Collectively, these praline chocolates had a welcoming sweet, creamy hot cocoa with vanilla aroma.
The first of two chocolates sampled was a sweet, hazelnut milk chocolate praline. Three whole hazelnuts were enrobed in (and sat atop a triangle of) ultra-creamy, sweet milk chocolate.
The second piece was a darker, round chocolate. A relatively thick, spherical ebony-colored, textured shell contained a creamy chocolate filling with rich, sweet cocoa notes and very faint red/stone fruit (cherry) and floral notes.
The assortment looked high-end and beautiful; and the range of flavors will likely satisfy a range of chocolate fans. Vanilla warmth, creamy hot chocolate sweetness, well-executed blends of flavors and chocolate types, and buttery smooth fillings made these pralines very approachable.
Ingredients: Sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa paste, whole milk powder, hazelnuts, almonds, vegetable oils (palm kernel, palm, rapeseed), glucose syrup, cream (milk), butter (milk), walnuts, sorbitol, skimmed milk powder, wheat flour, invert sugar syrup, caramel, soy lecithin, whey, vegetable fats (sunflower, rapeseed), glucose syrup, Natural Flavor, artificial flavors, clarified butter (milk), skim milk, Natural Flavors, salt (fleur de sel), lactose, gum arabic, shellac, sunflower lecithin, salt, milk protein, dextrose, cocoa powder, sodium carbonates, Tocopherol-Rich Extract, barley malt, ground vanilla, invertase, mono- and di-glycerides of fatty acids.
Allergen-related information: (Contained milk, nuts (hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts), gluten (wheat, barley malt), soy ingredients.) "May contain egg, other gluten (inclu. wheat), other nuts."
*The word "praline" can indicate a filled chocolate confection, or it can be a chocolate with nuts (e.g. candied hazelnuts or almonds) prepared in a certain style.