Godiva Chocolates Review

Godiva chocolate = not worth your moneyGodiva chocolate makes me grumpy. They proclaim to use only the “finest ingredients,” but then they use cheap, hydrogenated oils in their truffle filling. And THEN, they charge an arm and a leg for them. My local chocolatier makes truffles TO DIE FOR, that run about $1.25 each. Theirs are $1.75 each! Robbery!

Godiva Chocolates Review

Dark Chocolate Truffle and Milk Chocolate Truffle

5.8.05

How they get away with charging so much for their chocolate is beyond me. Behold some of the ingredients of these truffles: vanillin (fake vanilla!?), butter oil (what’s that?), corn syrup, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL OIL?!

Is it the name? The flashy marketing? How has Godiva chocolate come to prominence in the chocolate industry? Have their ingredients deteriorated over time to accommodate mass production? At any rate, these taste as good as the ingredients could allow – a small step up from your garden variety grocery store chocolate. My fingers were greasy afterwards. Ew. This is a cheap Easter Bunny dressed up in Belgian chocolatier’s clothing.

Our rating: 2 of 5 bon bons

Milk Chocolate with Smooth Caramel Bar

5.10.05

Blah. No better than, say, a Caramello. Worse even. And at $2.25 for a mere 1.5 ounces (43g), I’ll spend my money elsewhere, thank you very much.

Our rating: 1 of 5 bon bons

We had never tried Godiva chocolate before these two selections were given to us as a gift. We were excited, especially since someone else laid out the cash. Alas. Subsequent gifts have been sampled half-heartedly, but we won’t bother reviewing anymore unless their CEO calls us up telling us they’ve changed their ways, and would we like some free chocolate? There’s too much good chocolate out there to bother.

Visit Godiva chocolate online (if you must) at: www.godiva.com

36 thoughts on “Godiva Chocolates Review”

  1. I agree, Godiva has become a terrible waste of money. 30 years ago, when they were produced in Belgium, they would have gotten a 5 Bon Bon award. They used to use only the finest ingredients and you had to consume the chocolates quickly and keep them at cooler temperatures to keep from melting. But after they came to the U.S. and we ruined them by mass production, the price stayed the same and maybe has even slightly increased while the quality has gone WAY down. It’s a shame that we have taken most of the things of our past and ruined them for the sake profit. You can say that about almost anything from the past 50 years until now.

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    • Wish I had known this when I purchased some Godiva milk chocolate bunnies for Easter. Thinking this was a high quality chocolate. I know I’m a sucker, thinking these are so expensive they must be amazing. WRONG! They tasted worse than Hershey’s .sickeningly sweet and nothing like what I had hoped for. They are on the par with some of the really cheap chocolate off brand candy. Never again! What a ripoff!!

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  2. I’m agree with all of you. I’m really upset with them, we pay high price for low quality.
    My little 7 years old daughter has genetic problems with cholesterol and she can not eat palm and coconut oil and hydrogenated oils but she loves chocolates. This situation with ” Godiva, finest products” is really sad.

    Monica

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  3. Haters. It is good chocolate. Maybe not great value, but great chocolate overall. And who is going to buy chocolate at any regular store, and expect the shelf life to be extremely short? They add preservatives, like EVERY food in a grocery store. Everything has preservatives, except something straight from the farm itself. So stop complaining.

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    • Poor quality is poor quality. Obviously you dont know what a good piece of chocolate tastes like. Or are you their shill, deliberately negated poor customer reviews??

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  4. Having grown up in an area with small M&P-type shops that make high quality chocolates, I can smell imitations a mile away. Making good chocolate isn’t rocket science, but it sure seems hard to come by these days. The candy industry in general has become so homogenized and commercialized that most chocolate has become crap, and the atomically overrated Godiva is no exception. Their supposedly pure milk chocolate bars feature a pronounced weird aftertaste that likely points to a cheap manufacturing process and potentially unlisted additives. A store that makes chocolate the proper way is Krause’s in Saugerties, NY; they offer an on-line service. Their products are expensive, but unlike Godiva, you’ll get your money’s worth.

    Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Krause’s Chocolates; I just think everyone has the right to experience the way chocolate should be made.

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  5. Former Chocolate Shop owner here… (yes, former – it is very hard to make a small store succeed in these days with Walmart just down the road and folk believing Godiva is the gold standard.) I’m not bitter toward Godiva at all. I applaud them for becoming such a huge success with their products. It’s all marketing and appearances though. What you pay for is not fine quality candies, it’s the fancy boxes, ribbons and team of folk developing the next draw. As another here stated, making chocolate is not rocket science, but it is science. I encourage you all to look up and share with kids how candy crystallizes, what bloom really is and the perfect temperature at which to make fudge.

    If you want pretty boxes, buy godiva. If you want quality chocolate, trek over to your local bulk chocolate manufacturer and ask for a tour. 😉

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  6. I love good chocolate, but the Godiva Milk Chocolate Caramel truffle bar was not good quality. It tasted like the kind you get in a cheap Easter egg, and left an unpleasant aftertaste. Considering I paid over 4 dollars for a 43g bar (true, it was at the airport) , I’m not happy at all. Very poor value for money – practically a con. Don’t bother!

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  7. Bought 72% cacao dark chocolate today and wow, “partially PROCESSED WITH GENETIC ENGINEERING”.
    How can that be labelled kosher when who knows what genetic engineering is?.

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    • The comment above by “al” is a perfect example of unverified, false mumbo jumbo prevalent accross this site. “al” conveniently forgot to include the following statement from GODIVA:

      “….the finest GMO-free ingredients that are used in every single aspect of Godiva chocolate making to create the highest quality end result…”.

      Perhaps GODIVA formulated a special chocolate just for him?

      For whatever reason(s), this site is nothing more than a pathetic GODIVA-bashing gang-bang. Virtually the entire contents on this site are biased against the 100 year old Belgian chocolatier.

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      • Sorry you feel that way, Jim. I can assure you that if Godiva actually made good chocolate, we wouldn’t be bashing them! The fact that their chocolate is of much lower quality than many commonly available grocery store brands, yet they charge a premium price for it, kind of rubs us the wrong way. The original Belgian chocolatier might have been good, but the stuff they sell in the US now is terrible.

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    • He is correct. I picked up a Godiva – solid dark chocolate bar, and it reads partially produced with genetic engineering. I wish I noticed this at the store. I would have put it back. I will only eat this, this time only.

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  8. Yes! Years ago, I’m talking 30 or 35 years ago, it was a an extravagant treat to buy Godivas. I hadn’t indulged in many years and purchased a couple bars the other day. What a disappointment! Insipid, low quality dreck. Waste of money.

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  9. Very disappointing chocolates. Behaved like beeswax – didn’t melt at mouth temperature – and the ganache, or whatever it was supposed to be, was over-sweet. The hazelnuts were not roasted to bring out their taste, and the fattiness of the fillings, lard-like, rather than cream. Inferior to almost everything. Fans of chocolate are advised to buy Charbonel et Walker, Selfridges’ hand made, or even Green & Blacks. What a wreckage of a once-good label.

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  10. This premium chocolate Godiva calls it, is pure junk. I’ve travelled the world. The Swiss make the best creamy, not too sweet and best chocolates bar none. Case in point, Spruengli’s. I will spend my money and order from them online. They ship fast with FedEx and I know the quality I’ll be getting. No surprises!

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  11. I agree with the many other reviewers here on Godiva Chocolates. I’m really disappointed and thinking that this chocolate produced originally in Belgium was or may even still be good (over THERE). The American side has botched this, horribly. It tastes like commercially mass produced waxy, and NOT the creamy, savory melt on your tongue kind of chocolates like the Swiss commonly produce! This stuff is way over priced and highly over touted for it’s price. Above all, the quality is inconsistent with our recent truffles experience. One more thing here to BEWARE of. Godiva’s unconditional returns policy, that is such a lie. No where does it state online that the customer must pay return shipping charges. So, let me be logical for a moment here. Godiva ships you an unfresh box of $80 chocolates, you return them but they insist you pay for their return? Only then will they send you a new box that’s hopefully fresher tasting! For something that wasn’t your fault? Excuse me? We’re done buying their crap.
    I’d rather eat Swiss chocolate, and especially for this money.

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  12. Godiva refuses to do price adjustment or return unless there is quality issue, but they never say that on their website. Their products are GMO. So, please be careful when placing the order with them! I was treated so badly by their agents!

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  13. Godiva refuses to do price adjustment or return unless there is quality issue, but they never say that on their website. Their products are also GMO. So, please be careful when placing the order with them! I was treated so badly by their agents!

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  14. worst chocolate and shopping experience ever!!!

    “I wish I could give them a 0 star. Their customer service is terrible and I was treated so badly! Godiva agents behaved like they are God! When you return something, they would first ask you if it is due to quality issue. If you say no, you would be screwed. They refuse to do price adjustment or return unless there is quality issue, but they never say that on their website! What is even worse—-their products are also GMO. Think about it, chocolate, GMO. Are you kidding me?!
    btw, the shipping box was like a crap, almost dissembled! So, please be careful when placing the order with them! For me, NO GODIVA IN MY LIFE!

    update:
    I’m totally outraged after my comments got deleted on Godiva’s facebook website and the way they reply. Everyone, now you realize how Godiva treat their customers: after you buy it, you will never get your money back, NO REFUNDS!!! And what a “prefect” excuse for them to use GMO contents in their products! They find all excuses to seize the money, not their reputation, not their products, and of course not their customers! Chocolate lovers, NO GODIVA. I return because I hate GMO products, because I am not satisfied with the quality. And they so NO.”

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  15. I agree with you, I got a Godiva box as a gift and I was so excited to try them, but ewwww it was bad, oily, sugary, nothing like good quality. Even the packaging inside is nothing fancy. I feel bad for people who pay for this junk and are so brainwashed that they don’t trust their taste instead trust the advertisements. Never going to buy Godiva and hopefully no one else will give it to me as a gift 😉

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  16. Got a Gift and first the box was very difficult to open and then the balls were hard as rock and a punishment to eat. The box is labeled anniversary Truffles

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  17. I went to brussels for my school trip and my parents gave me 40 euros. I brought godiva chocolates and I sure regretted it. When I went back home the box and chocolates looked delicious but little did I know it would taste the same as a chocolate I could buy for £1. My parents were angry I spent this much. I WILL NEVER BUY RIPOFF CHOCOLATES LIKE THESE AGAIN! 🙁

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    • Sorry to hear that! 🙁 There *are* chocolates that are worth spending 40 euros on, but Godiva isn’t one of them, sad to say. It’s also sad to hear that the quality is bad in Brussels–we were hoping our bad experience with them was due to their having a cheap American version, but apparently it’s bad everywhere.

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  18. really marveled over this god thingy. luckily, I ain’t crazy about it. yup, some chocolates don’t taste as they should but then again their cheap prices. Depending on individuals, some like theirs.. sweet, nutty, more chocky etc.. How much you are willing to fork out again depending on whether you crave for that particular chocolate. Or else can wait for seasonal offerings etc if any…

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  19. have any one bother to sign up for the Godiva reward? what a joke! they said you can’t use the ONE free shipping because you bought something that’s on sale or you order many gift and sent to different addresses. They said you don’t get your birthday gift because you didn’t sign on to the website and claim it, because of so many reasons……you just don’t get any award. GOT IT?

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  20. I’ve had better truffles from Aldi. 16 small ones for $3.99. 2 of Godivas ran me $5 something. I’m not poor and I don’t mind spending but it’s gotta be good. How can Aldi beat you at your niche? Oh well.

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  21. I tried one of the Godiva caramel supreme and it gave me diarrhea. Won’t buy again. I hadn’t eaten anything else recently, only that candy bar, I know it was the candy bar that caused it.

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  22. I recently purchased a Godiva chocolate bar at Barnes & Noble. I was very disappointed. This is not the quality I remember from Godiva. The chocolate was mediocre and the almonds tasted stale. I won’t buy again.

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  23. I agree with all of the lack of quality comments above. No, we are not haters and as for “then just don’t buy it.” Well, I don’t, but I just received a box of six “flight” truffles as a gift (priced at $17..95!) that while I didn’t expect much, I thought they may be worth eating. I cut the vanilla mousse truffle in half to taste and while chewing, it was so lousy that I spit it out. Not worth the calories. It was hard, of lousy texture inside and it was lacking that wonderful chocolate taste of pure cacao truffles. The kicker is for Godiva’s price you CAN get high quality hand made chocolates! I remember 35 years ago getting Godiva chocolates as gifts from the company where I worked. Back then they WERE a high quality treat and everyone would gather around to enjoy trying the many decadent flavors. NOW? They aren’t even moderately good! Not worth the calories OR the money. GODIVA is a real crime that now tastes of the likes of the Supermarket or Drug Store Russell Stover’s or similar low end brands. While I won’t eat them either, at least they are priced accordingly and cheap!!! GODIVA has become a major rip off, I had heard they are owned by Pepperidge Farm now, haven’t checked on that, so not sure. Anyway, same name, fancy packaging, not the same chocolates. And returns? I saw the same thing on their site as mentioned above, no refunds!!! Just an exchange! Why do I want to exchange for more lousy chocolates!? Sure there are still people out there who will think Godiva is good simply because they haven’t tasted real pure handmade chocolatiers’ candies and/or because they simply don’t discern the difference in taste. I can tell cheap ingredients on one bite, as I did here and spit it out. Sad but true. Avoid being ripped off!

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  24. Agree with all comments on Godiva’s chocolates. To be sure, by FDA’s definition of chocolate* (ref below), most of Godiva’s chocolates should not be called chocolates at all because the cocoa butter is replaced with hydrogenated vegetable oil. Need to report this fraud to the FDA. (*Code of Federal Regulations, PART 163 — CACAO PRODUCTS, Subpart B–Requirements for Specific Standardized Cacao Products, Sec. 163.111 Chocolate liquor. Source: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=163.111)

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