Thorntons

Thorntons as far as I’m concerned still make some of the finest chocolate to be had and they are still on the high street. My favourite way to eat them is to buy a bag, stuffed into a pocket and then chomp them as I go round shopping. I always like the mixture, especially their truffles and there are some fine had coated types to be had. All their selection boxes are worth trying especially the seasonal ones and if they are gifts, so much the better. Christmas and Easter are perhaps the best of all although I think their Valentine’s confectionary has started to take them to a higher level.

It’s worth noting that toffee is also  major part of their product offering and that too has found its way into another pocket of my jacket.

The business began before the First World War in 1911 by Joseph William Thornton  when the British Empire was at its height. Then, toffee was its game and it began life in the steel city of Sheffield at 159 Norfolk St as a shop. It is now owned by the Italian confectionary business Ferrero SpA who bought it in 2015.

Ones to look for:-

The Continental. A quite superb and boxed range in both dark, milk and white chocolate. Walter Willen travelled Europe in 1954 and brought back with him a range of flavour combinations that epitomised what he had seen and evidently tasted in Europe. A typical box size is 284g but this varies depending on price range and frankly how many you can tuck into. You can expect to find types like ‘Alpini Praline’, ‘Sicilian Mousse’, ‘Seville Caramel’, ‘Chocolate Milano’, ‘Viennese Truffle’, ‘Apricot Danish’, ‘Vanille Truffle’, ‘Salted Caramel Truffle’,  and their standard chocolate badge. You can see the theme is Continental Europe.

Thorntons Classic Mixed Chocolates.  One of the standard mixes but don’t underestimate the variety and that typical Thorntons richness in flavour. This is the set that I think really defines the business. A mix of dark, milk and white chocolates. We have  ‘Nutty Caramel’, ‘Strawberry Dream’, ‘Orange Crisp’, ‘Tempting Toffee’ and ‘Gooey Caramel’ to name a few. My favourite here is the ‘Turkish Delight’.

Thorntons Christmas Selection Box. This is one of their seasonal variants but worth a punt especially for that grandparent or four. Very much smacks of Noel. Look for their ‘Sour Cherry Marzipan’, ‘Crunchy Praline Star’ with its white chocolate coating, ‘Honeycomb Baton’,  ‘Winter Fudge’, ‘Orange Crisp’ etc. The centre piece is their festive Christmas tree.

The Seasonal Collection is an alternative Christmas gift as it contains favourites from a number of seasonal boxes. Bit more mix and match. This selection of 14 includes the ‘Honeycomb Star’, ‘Spiced Fudge’, ‘Coffee Truffle’, ‘Gooey Caramel’ ‘Layered Praline’, ‘Orange Crisp’ and ‘Chocolate Pudding’. 

If you enjoy puddings as your dessert, then why not attempt to gorge yourself on the Thorntons  Puddings Chocolate Collection. This one is suitable for vegetarians and will probably go iconic for its livid pink box.

When it comes to toffee look our for the 525g pack of Original Special Toffee. This one of those products that tells you where their roots are. Real, scrumptious, almost unctuous in flavour and texture. If you still want chocolate then go for the Thorntons Classic Mixed Chocolates (462g). This also has the ‘Turkish Delight’,  ‘Creamy Fudge’ and ‘Nutty Caramel’.

There is of course the Mint Collection which always marries well with chocolate, especially dark chocolate.  The selections includes Crunchy Mint Truffle, Luxury Dinner Mint, Mint Disc, Peppermint Crème and the Mint Baton.

They also produce many of these chocolates in an individual selection.

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Check individual boxes but they are generally free of artificial colours, flavouring and alcohol.

Nutrition Data On Selected Products

The Continental Selection

Allergen Information

Allergens can be found in the ingredients list

Contains Almonds, May Contain Eggs, Contains Hazelnuts, Contains Milk, Contains Soya, Contains Sulphur Dioxide/Sulphites

Ingredients

Allergy Advice: For allergens see highlighted ingredients (in bold)

Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Dried Whole Milk, Vegetable Oils (Palm, Shea), Butter (Milk), Hazelnuts, Dried Skimmed Milk, Glucose Syrup, Humectant (Sorbitol), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Double Cream (Milk), Sweetened Condensed Milk (Whole Milk, Sugar), Dextrose, Lactose (Milk), Dried Apricots (contain Preservative: Sulphur Dioxide), Milk Fat, Invert Sugar Syrup, Whole Milk, Lemon Juice Powder (Maltodextrin, Concentrated Lemon Juice), Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, Sunflower Lecithin), Concentrated Orange Juice, Dried Instant Coffee, Almonds, Salt, Flavourings, Stabiliser (Invertase), Sea Salt, Acid (Citric Acid), Colour (Paprika Extract), Milk Chocolate contains: Cocoa Solids 30% minimum, Milk Solids 20% minimum, Dark Chocolate contains: Cocoa Solids 48% minimum

Dietary Information

Suitable for Vegetarians

Nutritional Data

Typical ValuesPer 100 g
Energy2199 kJ
 527 kcal
Fat32 g
of which Saturates20 g
Carbohydrate54 g
of which Sugars50 g
Protein5.0 g
Salt0.19 g

Thorntons Pudding Selection

Allergen Information

Allergens can be found in the ingredients list

Contains Almonds, May Contain Eggs, Contains Hazelnuts, Contains Milk, Contains Soya

Ingredients

Allergy Advice: For allergens see highlighted ingredients

Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Dried Whole Milk, Glucose Syrup, Double Cream (Milk), Humectants (Sorbitol, Glycerol), Almonds, Butter (Milk), Palm Kernel Oil, Desiccated Coconut, Milk Fat, Dextrose, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Ginger, Single Cream (Milk), Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Concentrated Blueberry Juice, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Dried Whey (Milk), Mascarpone Cheese (Milk), Sour Cherry Juice, Dried Skimmed Milk, Raspberry Purée, Freeze-Dried Raspberry Powder, Whole Milk, Hazelnuts, Sweetened Condensed Milk (Whole Milk, Sugar), Flavourings, Invert Sugar Syrup, Concentrated Raspberry Juice, Lemon Juice, Salt, Acid (Citric Acid), Stabiliser (Invertase), Colours (Anthocyanins, Beetroot Red), Concentrated Lemon Juice, Acidity Regulators (Sodium Acetate, Acetic Acid), Gelling Agent (Pectin), Plant and Fruit Concentrates (Spirulina, Apple), Milk Chocolate contains: Cocoa Solids 30% Minimum, Milk Solids 20% Minimum, Dark Chocolate contains: Cocoa Solids 60% Minimum

Dietary Information

Suitable for Vegetarians

Nutritional Data

Typical ValuesPer 100g
Energy2083 kJ
 499 kcal
Fat28 g
of which Saturates17 g
Carbohydrate55 g
of which Sugars49 g
Protein5.2 g
Salt0.19 g

Thorntons Classic Selection

Allergen Information

Allergens can be found in the ingredients list

Contains Almonds, Contains Eggs, Contains Hazelnuts, Contains Milk, Contains Soya

Ingredients

Allergy Advice: For allergens see highlighted ingredients

Sugar, Dried Whole Milk, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Glucose Syrup, Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Lactose (Milk), Hazelnuts, Butter (Milk), Sweetened Condensed Milk (Whole Milk, Sugar), Double Cream (Milk), Dried Skimmed Milk, Dextrose, Milk Fat, Humectant (Sorbitol), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Whole Milk, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E471, Sunflower Lecithin), Rice Flour, Maize Flour, Invert Sugar Syrup, Almonds, Flavourings, Single Cream (Milk), Maize Starch, Dried Instant Coffee, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Strawberry Powder, Orange Peel, Salt, Acid (Citric Acid), Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Colour (Anthocyanins), Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Dried Egg White, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate), Margarine (Palm Oil, Rapeseed Oil, Water, Flavouring, Vitamin A, Vitamin D), Milk Protein, Milk Chocolate contains: Cocoa Solids 30% minimum, Milk Solids 20% minimum, Dark Chocolate contains: Cocoa Solids 60% minimum

Dietary Information

Suitable for Vegetarians

Nutritional Data

Typical ValuesPer 100g
Energy2104 kJ
 503 kcal
Fat27 g
of which Saturates18 g
Carbohydrate59 g
of which Sugars54 g
Protein4.7 g
Salt0.20 g

Thorntons Toffee

Ingredients

Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Sweetened Condensed Milk (Whole Milk, Sugar), Palm Oil, Butter (Milk), Margarine (Palm Oil, Rapeseed Oil, Water, Flavouring, Vitamin A, Vitamin D), Invert Sugar Syrup, Salt, Flavouring