This past Thursday, we went to foothills of the Smoky Mountains to stroll along the streets of Gatlinburg. It’s gorgeous there this time of the year!
In The Village, they have the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen. Naturally, we got chocolates while there as well as in Pigeon Forge earlier from the candy kitchen at The Apple Barn & Cider Mill.
I know, I know you want to know how these chocolates stack up, right? The simple truth is, it was more fun to get the chocolates than eating them. Okay, I’m fibbing. The thing is the chocolates weren’t fantastic. For the most part, the candies from both places were only good, nothing real special. In fact, the truffles we got from The Apple Barn & Cider Mill came from Texas and 2 of the 6 pieces we thought were bland earning them a poor rating (Triple Chocolate and Cappuccino). The others (Black Forest, Key Lime, Espresso, and Hazelnut) get only a good rating. The spirit of the season is what made the candy buying and eating the most fun part and chances are high we’ll do it again.
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Thanks for stopping by, my friend and have a fototastic day!
Last month, I pitched a request to my Facebook friends asking their opinion of what’s the best chocolates they have tried. Most of the responses mentioned chocolatiers I knew and the few I didn’t know I investigated.
Let me begin by saying this review is not a sponsored post and I was not compensated by any of the companies that fell prey to our taste buds. We bought every last sinful bite and no doubt will regret eating too many sweets after Christmas but that’s a post for another time. This write-up is purely FYI.
I knew, since last Christmas I wanted to get Lake Champlain Chocolates. It’s been years! We got a couple of familiar boxes of chocolates that we always liked to try again.
Excited to try Lake Champlain Chocolates after many years, my enthusiasm quickly dwindled to discover the once superior quality has slipped. The truffle centers lacked flavor and too fluffy making them more of a melt away chocolate instead of the consistency usually associated with truffles. The other chocolates as well were weak on flavor. It seems like they are skimping on quantity and quality of ingredients, but still charging premium prices for their product. A common flaw I see that’s practiced by many companies. I do have two good things to say about our LCC experience. The box chocolates are beautiful to receive and the chocolate’s (shells only) is satin elegance on your tongue. We have no plans to order from LCC in the immediate future. Maybe, we’ll try them again in two or three years.
The night we place our LCC order, we also bought from a new-to-us chocolate company in Maine, Dean’s Sweets, who specializes only in truffles. Perfect!
We opted to get the 8-piece Maine Mix collection – link removed because as of 12-28-2016 no longer is available on their site.What’s inside the box: 2 each Maple, Blueberry, Maine Sea Salt Caramel, & Needham.
DS truffles are smaller than most and expensive considering we only got a ¼ pound of chocolates. However, we hoped the taste would make up for the quantity. The quality is good. I wouldn’t say it was exceptional but far better than LCC and of the four flavors we considered the Maine Sea Salt Caramel outstanding. The other truffles failed to meet our taste palette expectations. That being said, will we order from Dean’s Sweets again. Yes, I see another order in our future.
After sampling these chocolates, we decided to order from a very well-known chocolate company, GODIVA, instead of being molested by Christmas shoppers at the mall. Yeah, me and my personal space issues, right? lol I’m not gonna lie to you, we placed a sizable order AGAIN. We didn’t discriminate, either. We got dark, milk, and white chocolates ~ truffles and other chocolates. We wanted to try a variety.
27 pc. Dark Chocolate Gift Box ~ Classic What’s in the box:Dark Caramel Embrace, Midnight Swirl, Dark Ganache Bliss, Double Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, 72% Dark Demitasse, and Mochaccino Mousse Dessert Chocolate. 10.6oz.
22 pc. Milk Chocolate Gift Box ~ ClassicWhat’s in the box: Cinnamon Blush, Coffee Feather, Open Oyster, Almond Praline Raindrop, Pecan Caramel Duet, and more. 10.5oz.
24 pc. White Chocolate Gift BoxWhat’s in the box: Raspberry Star, Hazelnut Praliné Raindrop, White Ganache Bliss, Twilight Swirl, Cashew Raspberry Caramel Cluster, Strawberry Truffle and other white chocolate indulgences. 9.75oz.
16 pc. Limited Edition Holiday Gift BoxWhat’s in the box: Mocha Snowflake: Limited edition holiday piece featuring mocha filling in a milk chocolate shell, Mandarin Snowflake: Limited edition holiday piece featuring orange mandarin filling in a white chocolate shell, Dark Medallion in Green Foil: Solid dark chocolate,Milk Medallion in Red Foil: Solid milk chocolate, & White Ganache Bliss: Creamy white chocolate ganache with vanilla in a white chocolate shell. 6.75oz.
What can I say, except Godiva was FANTASTIC like always. Needless to say, Godiva wins hands down easily and you betcha we’ll continue to buy from Godiva!
Pssst… just wanted to throw this out to ya that Godiva has a little promo going on where you can receive a $10 gift certificate for every $50 you spend. This offer expires ends shortly before Christmas and I found out the GCs mailed after Christmas. It’s a nice incentive, especially if you’re planning to buy anyhow. Oh yeah, you can further your savings by going through Ebates. (If you click this link & join with me, then after you make your first purchase I will receive a one- time bonus of $5 and a chance at the $10,000 sweeps.)
I have one more mail order candy review up my sleeve. Come back to see how See’s Candies fairs in the Kennedy Chocolate Taste-Off Challenge.
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