Well packed, individually wrapped chocolate from all over the world. These are made from real chocolate and the quality and standard is in keeping with the Kirkland Signature name, a brand that you can really trust. It is Costco’s own brand private label, named after their headquarters which was based in Kirkland, Washington during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Unlike most other own brand merchandise, Costco developed theirs to be of higher quality than the equivalent national brands; this is sometimes reflected in the higher price of the Kirkland product.
So, every Kirkland Signature product is guaranteed to meet or exceed the quality standards of the leading national brands and these chocolates are no exception. They are wrapped in beautiful, shiny foil in shades of blue, green, red, silver, and gold, and are presented in a large clear jar. And after eating the scrumptious contents, the jar can be put to good use for storing cereals, beans or spices in the kitchen. This is a good choice for a gift if you are not sure what the recipient’s favorite chocolates are, as they are bound to find their favorite somewhere amongst this assortment.
- Milk chocolate truffle (blue wrapper, cube shaped): a very smooth and creamy truffle with a pleasant milk chocolate taste. The ganache is firm not runny, and stays in shape at warm temperatures but is not too dry so doesn’t disintegrate either.
- Dark chocolate truffle (black and copper wrapper): this has a ganache that is close to perfection. It has small ‘chocolate nibs’, small chunks sprinkled on the top of the ganache, giving a slight crunchy texture.
- Extra dark chocolate truffle (red round wrapper): the chocolate is very dark and so the flavor is very rich. The ganache is very thick, and slightly crumbly, but it does soften if left for a while in a warm place.
- Caramel crème (bell shaped black wrapper with gold stripes): a nice crème that is not too sweet. The flavor is understated, and the texture is smooth and soft. Initially I thought it was a vanilla crème, but the subtle caramel taste gradually emerged as I ate it.
- Vanilla crème (silver wrapper with green ivy): like the caramel crème, this is a nice smooth textured crème which is not too sweet. The flavor is not too strong or artificial tasting like some crèmes can be.
- Hazelnut truffle (silver wrapper with blue stars): a gorgeous truffle, tasting like one of the more expensive brands like Godiva. In this chocolate, chopped nuts are mixed with the creamy ganache, topped with a whole hazelnut, and encased in chocolate. Delicious!
- Caramel chocolate (gold wrapper, bar shaped): a luscious caramel! Biting through the sweet milk chocolate casing revealed a soft (not hard or chewy), mild caramel, which reminded me strongly of British chocolate. One to be savored and not rushed.
- Dark cocoa truffle (large, emerald green wrapper): an indulgent dark chocolate truffle with a medium dark ganache. The outer coating of chocolate has a powerful, strong flavor and there are chocolate ‘nibs’ mixed in with the ganache, which gives it a sophisticated, rich taste.
- Maple syrup chocolate (silver and black wrapper): this is the Canadian maple chocolate. The chocolate coating is matte rather than shiny, and softer than the other chocolates in the assortment. The ganache is firm yet smooth, and the maple flavour is mild and not too overwhelming or syrupy.
- Peanut butter bon bon (brown & black wrapper with gold stripes): not my favourite in the collection but even so, a pretty good bon bon. It has a milk chocolate coating, and the peanut filling is very mild (like all these chocolates) and understated, so not too sweet or sickly.
Versatility of The Chocolate Assortment
This is my daughter’s absolute favorite of all the chocolate products we have tried and it is a super, inexpensive gift to send. It is very impressive for the price, as the jar is very big, containing about 70 chocolates. I send this over and over again to people that I want to impress, and sometimes I transfer the chocolates into smaller gift bags or boxes. The only slight downside is that the wrappings are not labelled so you have to work out what chocolate lies within. Luckily, they are all lovely, fresh, and of very high quality, as we’ve come to expect from Kirkland.
Contents differ; the following is a typical milk chocolate truffle example:
One chocolate truffle contains:
Calories: 79 Fat: 6.1g Carbs: 5.1g Protein: 1g
Ingredients: Sugar, coconut oil, palm kernel oil, cocoa butter, milk, cocoa mass, soya lecithin, barley malt extract, artificial flavour. May contain traces of peanuts, hazelnuts and almonds.