There is always something a little exciting about trying a brand new chocolate company, and even more so when they’re local to you. Booja Booja are based in Norfolk, England (my home county) and dabble in chocolate and ice cream making. And whilst in a farm shop last week in Hethersett, I finally found some of their delicious sounding banoffee truffles and thought they would be great to review.
A box of 9 cost me about £6 I think- very reasonable value for high quality truffles, or very expensive for poor quality ones…such is life though, I thought it was worth the gamble given how attractively they were packaged and how mouth-watering the flavour combination sounded. You’ll see of course that these cater to a variety of dietary needs- Booja Booja’s stuff is all dairy and gluten free as well as being organic too. I don’t have any problems with dairy of gluten myself so that is of little consequence to me, but I know a number of readers (from receiving emails) do have such problems so these are suitable for you guys too.
Turning over to the ingredients list, I was somewhat surprised at the proportioning of the different flavours. Chocolate was listed first (with 55% cocoa solids- a middling dark chocolate) with banana and toffee a distant second at just 28% of each truffle. Given that these are supposed to be banoffee truffles, this did take me aback a little. The back of the box also revealed the product description (although you’ve probably gleamed it from their name to be fair) ‘dark chocolate banana toffee ganache, enrobed in dark chocolate’. I don’t know about you, but to me that sounded magnificent.
Inside the box was a rather stylish foil inner, as most of the more up-market and classier companies tend to use. It’s obviously done to ensure freshness, but it is doubly nice when they go to the trouble of making it aesthetically pleasing too- and Booja Booja really did here…I thought it looked delightful.
They also have a nice little personal touch inside too. It is merely a printed quotation on a small piece of card, but even a minor addition to the box like the card pictured above adds a little bit of wow factor…it is just a sign of thoughtfulness and caring to me. Booja Booja’s website lists them as hand packing all of their boxes of truffles (as many smaller companies will do) and you can kind of feel that when you take these of out their box.
And it wasn’t just the little things like the card- the aesthetics in general were a big hit with me personally. The predominantly black coloured box was of a good quality and felt ‘safe’ in the hand whilst Booja Booja’s logo, embossed in gold on the box, appeared sophisticated and classy. It looked and it felt special as the slightly above average price tag would probably demand.
I think some of these pictures count as ‘food porn’. Sometimes I have to work really hard to get decent photos of the products I’m reviewing. But these truffles did the work on their own… they were like a model who came into my studio looking flawless and pulled the perfect poses without me prompting them.
And they smelt gorgeous, albeit not what I’d call ‘banoffee’ esque. Once I had torn open the foil, I was met with an earthy and rich smell rather than the fruitiness and buttery toffee I had anticipated. But the deep cocoa notes coming from the dark chocolate shell and dusting as well as the base layer of each truffle centre were incredibly appetising.
Now the centre of each of the Banoffee Toffee Chocolate truffles was just insanely smooth, and (even more impressively) super creamy despite being dairy free. We’re told by marketers that stuff like Galaxy chocolate is as smooth and indulgent as chocolate can get…but Galaxy is like sucking on sandpaper compared to these.
The truffle centre is similar in consistency to a warm brownie- it’s slightly moist and has a terrific melt as described a second ago. The flavour wasn’t banoffee or toffee heavy really though. There is far more emphasis on the chocolate element- initially from the rich cocoa dusting which covers each truffle, as well as the firm outer shell which (combined) are slightly bitter and a nice contrast to the ganache middle. Then towards the end of the melt comes the banoffee taste- as you get an undertone of fresh and fruity banana accompanied with a little sweetness more like caramel than toffee.
Straight up, I could have actually done with just a tad more banoffee myself. But there is still no doubting that these are sensationally good chocolates from Booja Booja.
The consistency of the centres of these Banoffee Toffee Chocolate truffles is outstandingly good, whilst the flavour progression of the dark chocolate base is great too. Simply, they are delicious and each and every chocolate, whilst not as banoffee focused as I had expected, was a joy to eat.
Booja Booja seriously impressed me with these, and the company has really caught my imagination- not only because they’re so local to me, but because they appear to be trying to do things ‘the right way’ so to speak. It took me quite a while to find these truffles, but I sincerely hope that it won’t be nearly as long before I find some out and about in Norfolk to buy again. Seriously recommended.