Homorazzi was recently sent two boxes of Nestlé’s new chocolates – Nestlé Noir Mousse Délicate – to review.
In the words of Nestlé, “each individual pillow of chocolate features a silky mousse filling enrobed in a shell of either dark or milk chocolate”. I’m not a huge fan of mousse, but if you like chocolate mousse, you’ll most likely enjoy these, because the filling replicates a dessert mousse quite authentically. I always like a hard shell with a contrasting texture inside, so I enjoyed that sensory aspect of the chocolate.
Nestle is not the most expensive or premium chocolate out there, but I’d consider the quality of the chocolate decent value for money. Each box offers 10 individual pieces, and retails for $3.99. As an added bonus, Nestlé only buys cocoa through approved sustainable suppliers, so it’s an eco-friendly product. Unfortunately the saturated fat content as per the ingredients label was a little high for my liking.
I’m all about portion control, particularly when it comes to chocolate, so I really like the fact that each piece of chocolate is only 55 calories. Of course, you can only reap the benefits of a portioned treat if don’t eat the whole box in one sitting! I did polish off both boxes over a couple of days (with some assistance from Patrick). Overall, I’d give them a 6.5 out 10.
Here are a couple of interesting excerpts from the press release sent to us.
Choco-Psychology: Deciphering the Psyche
People have long looked to chocolate to calm their mind and soothe their soul. However, some feel that our attraction to chocolate may go beyond our tactile senses. Chocolate can evoke memories of a wonderful past experience and it has been linked to romance and intimacy for centuries. For some people, just the thought of chocolate can make them perk up while for others sharing chocolate can be a cozy add-on to any communication, whether you’re sharing a deep, dark secret with a friend or a heart-felt moment with a romantic partner.
According to research out of the University of Bristol in the U.K., our perceived attraction to chocolate is a psychological dependence. An explanation lies in our ambivalent attitudes towards chocolate – it is highly desired but should be eaten with restraint (nice but naughty). Our unfulfilled desire to eat chocolate, resulting from restraint, is thus experienced as craving, which in turn is attributed to dependence.
Choco-Sociology: Chocolate’s Place in the World
Research from Human Branding Inc., an Applied Anthropology Research and Consulting Firm concludes that our love of chocolate can be traced back to the beginning of humanity, when we were roaming the planes of Africa as hunter gatherers. A deeply engrained ‘survival instinct’ encouraged cravings of rich, sweet foods. Rich foods would keep us going and sustained, and sweets were typically not poisonous and could be ingested safely. This created a deeply rooted craving for foods that delivered rich and sweet tastes. This in part explains our relationship to this globally favoured delicacy.
Historically speaking, up until recent centuries, chocolate was so inaccessible and expensive that it was reserved only for the upper classes. Symbolically speaking, chocolate still carries this less accessible and special value that it built up throughout Western history.
Currently chocolate’s reputation puts it in a league well above other confectionery delights. A box of chocolates can say anything from “I love you” to “Happy Birthday” to “I’m sorry”. What more universally enjoyed gift can you give for a holiday or special event than a box of chocolates?