First, it’s spherical. That is, it’s shaped like a ball– or an orange, if you insist.
Second, it is (naturally) flavored with orange oil (and unnaturally flavored with vanillin).
Third, it is the only candy I know of that invites you to give it a good, strong whack before partaking of the chocolatey goodness.
I’m given to understand that (by the standards of some) this once unique chocolate is now nothing special. (Now that it’s been available outside of the UK for quite some time.) Personally, I think it’s still unusual enough to be a bit of a novelty– but more importantly, it’s tasty. But now I’m getting ahead of myself. . .
The chocolate orange is packaged in a box with tempting peep-holes on three sides. Once you’ve worked your way through that barrier, you find an orange and yellow foil-wrapped ball bearing a blue sticker. “Whack and unwrap”, the sticker instructs you.
If you’ve whacked sufficiently, you’ll open the foil to discover a neat arrangement of separate chocolate orange slices. (If you didn’t whack firmly enough, you can always break the slices off individually.)
Each slice is stamped quite prettily– but looks only take you so far. Let’s get on to the important things– aroma, texture, and flavor.
Aroma: It’s very sweet, with a light touch of the citrus.
Texture: Melt-in-your mouth creaminess. Very smooth.
Flavor: Above all, the flavor is sweet and creamy. It’s not a bold chocolate flavor, but this is milk chocolate, so that’s not surprising. The orange flavor has also been added with a light touch– just a hint of it. Overall, it’s a pleasant, mild, quite sweet flavor.
This may not sound like a glowing review, but I’m actually very fond of them. This is the kind of chocolate that can disappear very quickly, if you aren’t careful. Orange-flavored chocolate is addictive!
If you like creamy chocolate and haven’t ever tried an orange-flavored chocolate, do give this a try.