And another one of these childhood chocolates. I remember seeing this one in my neighbours house. They were for me the ultimate grown up chocolates (and they do not even contain alcohol!), chocolates I could only see, but never posess.
And then, with the years, I lost interest in boxed supermarket chocolates. So, when we were given this box of Femina chocolates, it was seriously my first box of Femina. And these memories came back. So, however I like their taste now, they will always have bonus points, because they were something I considered great in my childhood.
And here is what Cailler writes about them: “I brought you bonbons, since flowers perish too fast…”. The Fémina pralines have been enjoyed by women for a long time thanks to their tender and mouth-watering set of chocolates decorated with a white and blue pattern. As in the song, they were called bonbons when they were launched in 1904. And unlike flowers, the original Fémina Bonbon recipes have survived since then.
Cailler, btw, was founded in 1820s and belongs to Nestlé since 1929.
The Femina chocolate box contains 7 different pieces of pralines. All of them are with nuts. The list of ingredients, as stated on their homepage (I already tossed the box out, and I didn’t take a good picture of the ingredient list): Sugar, hazelnuts, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, almonds, sweetened condensed milk, whole milk powder, vegetable fat, cocoa, fat-reduced cocoa, coffee extract, hazelnut oil, emulsifier (soja lecithin), butterfat, vanilla extract.
May contain traces of wheat and egg.
Milk chocolate contains: Milk solids: 20 % minimum, cocoa solids : 28 % minimum
Inside, the pralines are behind a blue protection layer, held in place by a silver plastic mold.
When I received the package, we immediatley ate two pralines. And since then, I’ve been working myself through them. Tastewise, they are sweet. But, if one likes pralines, these pralines might be the right thing. The pralines do differ in flavour, the almond one tastes different from the hazelnut one, the coffee flavour is convincing. I especially liked the textures in the Malakoff and the Marquise one. All of these pralines are incredibly creamy, but the Malkoff and Marquise one also offer some crunch from the small pieces of hazelnut (Malakoff) and almond (Marquise) inside.
So, what do I think about them? I ate them piece by piece after dinner… where the portion size is ideal. I think they would go well with coffee. For me, they are a tad too sweet and there is too little cocoa in there. But I do know that this is just a personal preference. So, while I would not buy them for myself, they were a good gift.
And now finally I got my own box of Femina!