Review: Venchi Chocolate Cigar – Nougatine

Posted on June 22 2011 by Solange Berchemin

Made in Italy by Venchi chocolatiers, these chocolate cigars have been modelled on the Cuban smoke and are very realistic indeed. Tightly-rolled bundles with a red and gold tag which immediately gives an impression of class. These are novelty items on which you can rely as a presents.

Since producing the original, an cigar with candied orange center, the range has expended to include another 2 different flavours: Meringue and Nougatine, sparing no effort for I tasted the latter.

First impressions: long: 19cm, thick: 100g, nicely presented in a double wrapper first a cellophane next a brown aluminium one. Once unwrapped they reveal a ripple chocolate cigar shape.

But what does it taste like? armed with a cup of coffee, I set myself to work. It is best cut in smaller chunks using a knife. The first bite is rather satisfying when one hits the double layer of chocolate, milk (33% cocoa) and dark (56% cocoa) before getting into the filling, a delicious crunchy caramelized hazelnut praline made with Piedmont nuts. All the ingredients spell out ‘good quality.’ I can think of no better cigar to have with a cup of coffee.

Think of it as a present and not as an ordinary chocolate bar only because of the price, £4.75 per cigar, however there is nothing in the books which says that the gift should not be for you.


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