This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 31st March. Unfortunately, in the UK the clocks go forward the night before so although the kids won’t be up at 5 am any more, that’s still a whole hour of precious sleep I’ll be missing out on. I’m hoping for some sweet treats to make me feel a little perkier, and especially my favourite chocolate truffles from Thorntons.
Many of us are chocolate aficionados but in case you don’t know your nut clusters from your caramel crunch, here’s your bullet point guide to arm your nearest and dearest to hotfoot it off to the shops (or website).
What is the difference between a truffle and chocolate?
Whilst chocolates have many different centres, truffles are mainly made of ganache (a chocolate based cream) and some type of coating. So, perhaps cocoa powder or solid chocolate whether that be dark, milk or white.
I like to think of them as round morsels of chocolate coated deliciousness with a soft centre. Thorntons even hand finish some of the truffles in their range which includes the Viennese truffle which is coated with a blend of milk and white chocolate, or, my personal favourite, the Jamaican rum truffle.
If like me, you’ve often wondered what a praline actually is, I can now tell you that it is a smooth, sweet substance made by boiling nuts in sugar and grinding the mixture to make a textured filling for chocolates.
Thorntons take things one step further with their Salted Caramel Pralines which are filled with caramel slow cooked for 8 hours with a hint of added salt.
Whether you like them soft and crumbly or slightly chewy, fudge is made from sugar, butter, and milk or cream. And north of the border, you’ll also find another favourite of mine, butter tablet which is usually made from sugar, condensed milk, and butter, boiled to a soft-ball stage and allowed to crystallise. It is often flavoured with vanilla or whisky, and sometimes has nut pieces in it.
Tablet is not as soft as fudge and not as hard as toffee.
There is so much choice for chocolate-loving mama!
If your kids have managed to save their pocket money and not blown it on Robux or a new Fortnite skin, Thorntons are currently selling their reduced Christmas chocolate models at £1 with free personalisation.
Of course, it’s important to show gratitude any day of the year, not just Mother’s Day and not just to mums either on 31 March. Any woman who has enhanced your life in any way deserves to be celebrated.
If my kids want to do that with some chocolate truffles, that’s fine by me!
What is your favourite type of chocolate?