Ferrero Rocher - Fine Hazelnut Chocolates

Ferrero Rocher. 

From Ferrero, the Italian who invented it in 1982.  And rocher, French for rock.

So, it means Ferrero Rock.

Whatever the name, it is delicious.

As you can see, I bought this in a three-pack.  These yummy chocolates are available in a wide variety of packages.  Whatever the outer package though, each piece is individually sealed in gold colored foil, then nestled in a paper cup before being placed in the outer container.



Unwrapping the final layer of packaging - the inner gold foil.

This is where the choice of outer package can be an issue, depending on your mission. 

As you can see here, some of the hazelnut chunks in the outer shell have had their milk chocolate covering knocked off and their outer layers damaged. 

I bought this at a convenience store in a three-pack.  The outer packaging consisted only of a cardboard tray on the bottom, enclosed in a cellophane envelope.  So this slight damage is not too surprising. 

I can testify that none of the flavor leaked out!

If you're buying this candy as a taste treat for yourself, no big deal.

However - if it's a gift for someone you want to impress with perfection, consider one of Ferrero Rocher's larger gift packages with a rigid plastic outer box.  Then your gift should arrive in more pristine condition.


This is probably the most complex chocolate I have looked at so far.
It has four layers:
    •    An outer shell of milk chocolate and hazelnut chunks,
    •    An inner shell of wafer (resembles ice-cream-cone material),
    •    An outer core of soft, semi-gooey indescribably chocolatey - hmm - well, the truth is I say indescribably because I can't think of the perfect word to describe it.  It's sort of like a very soft, very melt-on-your-fingertips, very smooth fudge - except I don't think it officially qualifies as fudge, and
    •    In the very center, one hazelnut.

To the right you can see a section of the wafer which I pried off.

And you can tell how soft the inner chocolate is.  Look closely.  You can see where it began to melt as I touched it just long enough to pry the wafer off for its portrait.

INGREDIENTS

·     MILK CHOCOLATE(

o   SUGAR,

o   COCOA MASS,

o   SKIM MILK POWDER,

o   BUTTEROIL,

o   LECITHIN AS EMULSIFIER (SOY),

o   VANILLIN: AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR),

·     HAZELNUTS,

·     SUGAR,

·     PALM OIL,

·     WHEAT FLOUR,

·     WHEY (MILK),

·     LOWFAT COCOA,

·     LECITHIN AS EMULSIFIER (SOY),

·     SODIUM BICARBONATE AS LEAVENING AGENT,

·     SALT,

·     VANILLIN: AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

The ingredients list looks pretty good.  The only hint here that this is not top-end gourmet is the use of the synthetic vanillin rather than natural vanilla.  Amidst all the wonderful chocolate-hazelnutness, though, I can't really say I noticed the difference.

About 75 calories per piece.  Doesn't sound like much, but remember it adds up fast.

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I paid $1.99 for this 1.3 ounce package of three Ferrero Rocher chocolates.  For comparison purposes, that's $24.49 per pound. That's about at the low end of the range for gourmet chocolate.


I'm giving this my personal score of 4.3 out of 5 stars for Overall Enjoyment, 3.5 for Nutrition, and 4.0  for Value. Keep in mind this is just my personal opinion.  Your mileage may vary, and there's no accounting for taste.

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In addition to its use in candies, hazelnuts are also used to flavor many liqueurs.