We love the act of opening a box of Valerie’s toffees, all trussed up with beautiful silk ribbon; it’s almost like you’re undressing it. Inside, handmade rich, buttery toffee, enveloped in dark Valrhona chocolate, beckons. Crunchy, organic California almonds stud the toffee, which is made in small batches, and the whole thing is finished off with fleur de sel for a lingering savory finish.
While these are delicious enough on their own, everything goes better with a spot of tea! I chose to pair these toffees with Samovar from Kusmi Tea. The smoky notes of the tea added a lovely depth to the toffee, and brought a savory quality to the overall experience.
What I Think:
In the Valentine’s Box from Foodzie, I received an elegant little box tied up with a pretty pink ribbon that contained two of Valerie Confections’ Dark Chocolate Toffee squares: one topped with a whole, roasted almond and one encrusted with a sprinkling of sea salt.
The toffee inside is crunchy and hard, much like what you’d experience when biting in a Heath bar. But this is WAY better than a Heath! It is buttery and sweet with a delightful nutty flavor in the background. What really surprised me is just how buttery these are. I could taste the sweet, creamy butter with which these were made.
Each piece is enrobed in a thin coating of bittersweet dark chocolate, which offers a pleasing contrast to the sweetness of the toffee. What I really like about these is how the different toppings change the flavor of the confection, even though inside each square is the same toffee. The almond topped square brought out the nutty tones to the toffee; while the salt encrusted square brought a compelling roundness to the confection – providing sweet, salty and bitter flavors for the palate to enjoy.
My Final Thoughts:
An immensely enjoyable set of toffees … tasting this treat made me happy that I chose the Valentine’s Box for February! These were absolutely delicious!