To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation, Charbonnel et Walker have launched a limited edition box in collaboration with Swarovski. The sparkling Swarovski crystal box is filled with their new Milk Chocolate Praline Crowns which are handmade in England like all Charbonnel chocolates.
I was lucky enough to receive this special box of Milk Praline Crowns to review. Perhaps I’m not the best person to do the job as I’m not normally a fan of praline (which is strange because I like hazelnuts and Nutella) but I do love Charbonnel et Walker truffles. Whenever I’m in London I visit their counter in Harrods or their store in Old Bond Street and treat myself to a selection of them. They are rather yummy and something special.
The chocolates smell rather sweet and you can tell they are praline because you get a very subtle whiff of nuts when opening the box. The pralines are actually a blend of walnuts, hazelnuts and coffee. As usual with Charbonnel the chocolate is of good quality and melts delightfully in the mouth. The centre is soft and rather smooth, no bits of nuts and the nutty taste is as subtle as the smell. I didn’t detect the coffee however. A tip from me, don’t put them in the fridge like I did. This will ruin the experience as the centre will become hard, they need to be room temperature.
Although not for me, anyone who loves praline will of course love these. If I was given a box I certainly wouldn’t give them away and I’d probably scoff the lot. Charbonnel et Walker chocolates make the perfect gift and I always receive some on special occasions and have come to collect the boxes. This unique limited edition box will be treasured along with my others.
Charbonnel’s limited edition Swarovski Coronation box is available for a limited time only from 12th July 2013, at the Coronation Festival, online at www.charbonnel.co.uk and in all Charbonnel et Walker stores as well as selected retailers in the UK.
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