With the even wider choice that comes with Christmas, it’s a good time to think carefully about what we’re putting in our shopping baskets. Although it’s wonderful to have so many choices these days, how do you know that what you’re buying really is as good as it seems? Here are just eight discriminating things to look out for when you’re chocolate shopping this year (it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.)
- Some chocolates may look scrummy and even taste pretty good too but always check the ingredients label. Chocolate truffles shouldn’t have a long list of ingredients, the simple recipes win every time.
- Similarly, avoid unknown ingredients, things you don’t recognise, which may include stabilisers, emulsifiers, flavours and other chemicals.
- With a plethora of brands to choose from these days, try to opt for a British producer where possible. An independently-owned business is a friendly choice for those who like to support local businesses and the economy
- Buying 100% organic means there are no extra surprises in your chocolate, such as the chemicals used to grow cocoa beans or sugar cane. Look for the Soil Association mark, this means the company are helping to care for and look after the planet all along the supply chain
- How can you tell whether chocolate will actually taste as good as the packaging looks? Well, apart from bearing in mind the points in this list, if you see a Great Taste Award logo on-pack it’s a sure sign they’ve scored high with the experts!
- It’s also reassuring to find chocolates that have been accredited by the Vegan Society (UK), this way you know that what you’re eating has been created in the most benign way possible
- Even if you don’t have a food allergy, selecting chocolates that are free from dairy, gluten and soya can help to balance your intake of these food items but also allows you to share your chocolates amongst friends and family with varying diets
- Less is more. Avoid chocolate boxes that contain layers of truffles and opt for the artisan chocolates with fewer truffles in the box. The quality will be far superior and you’ll enjoy them much more.
Here at Booja-Booja, we’ve been making organic chocolate truffles for over twenty years. Creatively and thought-provokingly purveyed, our British made truffles have become a cherished brand here in the UK. Organic, made with the minimal amount of ingredients, handmade in Norfolk, free from dairy, gluten and soya, multiple Great Taste Award winners and with many gifting boxes presented in beautiful keepsake boxes.
Here is a round up of our best gifting chocolates from stocking fillers to larger boxes made for sharing!
Extra Special Gifting: Perfect for that special someone, Booja-Booja’s Artist’s Collection (RRP £19.99) is presented in a beautiful keepsake box, handmade by artists in Kashmir, India and packed full of award-winning, melt in your mouth organic chocolate truffles; something to please even the most difficult to buy for. Available in Hazelnut Crunch or deeply boozy Fine de Champagne.
Table Gifting: Our Gourmet Selection is made for sharing. Perfect after dinner, as a gift to your host – it’s the ultimate gift for the Booja-Booja enthusiast. Containing 20 deliciously diverse truffles to suit all tastes this really is the ultimate indulgence to enjoy with friends and family (RRP £16.99).
Gifting for Her: Presented in sleek, jewellery style boxes, these chocolate truffles are the perfect gift for a good friend or loved one. Special Edition Gift Collection (RRP £12.95) is available in four different varieties including: Fine de Champagne, Hazlenut, Truffle Selection No1 and No2.
Stocking Fillers or Gift Buddies: Perfect as stocking fillers or accompanied with another small gift such as this Christmas’ must-read or a bottle of something festive, Booja-Booja has a range of Six Truffle Packs (£3.99) just crying out for a stocking to fill. Available in seven different varieties including: Almond & Sea Salt Caramel, Truffle Selection No1, Truffle Selection No2, Fine de Champagne, Hazelnut Crunch, Raspberry Chocolate Truffles and Dark Ecuadorian Chocolate Truffles.