It is said that big things come in small packages. It’s an adage that applies to Nutffles, wee nibbles of chocolate that hold a whole nut in the centre and are covered by chopped nuts on the outside. I found these at Rustan’s Supermarket a few weeks ago whilst on a regular grocery run. I was actually hunting down a quick, nutty snack – honey-roasted and sesame-covered macadamia nuts, to be exact – when I found a whole stand of these by the nuts-and-dried fruit aisle.
In substance and appearance, these will remind you of Ferrero Rocher, those gold foil-wrapped bonbons stuffed with gianduia and a whole hazelnut: whole nuts tucked into a thick, Belgian chocolate centre, cased in a thin cocoa wafer, dipped in milk chocolate and rolled in chopped nuts. But given how these are made with chocolate ganache rather than gianduia, there is less of a Nutella-esque taste and more of a rich, chocolate flavour with hints of caramel – and it’s a taste that goes well with the nicely roasted nuts.
There are three variants currently available at Rustan’s: the hazelnut one shown here, the roasted almond, and the red velvet which features an almond in red-tinted white chocolate ganache and coated with a tangy white-choc coating reminiscent of cream cheese frosting. They go for P 20.00 for individual truffles, but there are also packs of three if you have a serious craving and boxed assortments for those inclined to share.