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Guylian Sea Shells Review

Chocolate Reviews | 2nd April 2012 | By

Vegetarian I might be, but I am not averse to devouring creatures in chocolate form. When I was offered a box of Guylian’s signature chocolate sea shells to review I was not going to say no. Indeed, these were the high treat of the decade when I was young and I felt very privileged to partake on the odd occasion they were offered at family events.

I received a 250g box of 22 shapely chocolate sea shells containing praline. The shells are beautifully swirled in white and milk chocolates to create a stunning multi coloured effect. The shells come in 11 unique shapes, I say shells, but two of them are in the form of seahorses.

Seahorses are very important to Guylian who are the main sponsor of Project Seahorse. As its name suggests, this marine conservation organisation aims to protect seahorses which are a good indicator of healthy coastal ecosystems. By protecting these wonderful little creatures, they also help to protect the world’s oceans.

Although these days, pralines are generally a little too sweet for my taste, these were nonetheless delicious. They had a lovely smooth texture that is still oddly reminiscent of the crunch of hazelnuts. This could be because their taste is really quite powerful and remains in the mouth long after the chocolate has faded away.

The ingredients speak for themselves, you will not find any vegetable fats here, oh no, just sugar, hazelnuts and chocolate made with milk and cocoa butter to the same original recipe first used when Guylian was founded in 1960 by husband and wife team Guy & Liliana Foubert. There are a number of lookalikes on the market, but none of them can begin to compare with Guylian. Without mincing words, they are just not as good.

In addition to the seashells, Guylian have plenty of other offerings available at most large food retailers, including a range of Easter Eggs.



  1. Janice

    2nd April 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Like you, I find them a bit sweet, but didn’t realise they didn’t include any veg fat which is good.

  2. Sue/the view from great island

    2nd April 2012 at 9:13 pm

    I’ve seen these before but never tasted them, thanks for the review!

  3. Dom at Belleau Kitchen

    3rd April 2012 at 8:25 am

    do you know that these are my absolute favourite chocolates in the whole wide world!

  4. Hannah

    3rd April 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I didnt realise they had been around since the 60s! I’m totally in love with the idea of a Guylian Easter Egg now though!

  5. Cakes and Teacups

    4th April 2012 at 2:33 am

    I give these as gifts. They are delicious but too sweet for my palate since I’m a dark chocolate lover.

  6. Gardeningbren

    14th April 2012 at 1:10 am

    These are my absolute favourite chocolates ever…Christmas isn’t Christmas without them. Sadly, we often don’t see them available at other holidays.

  7. Sheila

    31st December 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Sea Horse praliné chocolates – well any Guylian really .I just can’t resist.

  8. larelle

    27th March 2013 at 9:24 am

    These are my mum’s favourite chocolates. I think they USED to be quite luxurious, but in the last few years I’ve tasted a decline in quality. They are still nice, but don’t have a uniqueness anymore. A lot of supermarket own brand sea shells are just as nice, if not nicer these days.

  9. Maggie Osborn

    4th April 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I used to buy Guylian, but I’m not so sure now after reading about palm oil….

  10. Maya Russell

    15th May 2013 at 6:37 am

    I find them rather too sweet and not that smooth.

  11. Tracy K Nixon

    29th August 2013 at 4:00 am

    I adore this brand. They are soooooo creamy! I often treat myself to the little gift boxes containing 4 shells 🙂


    20th October 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I love these, I’ve tried the rip off versions but they are never anywhere near the same in quality. I didn’t know they did conservation work that’s nice to know.

  13. Deborah Torr

    10th January 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Ah I love these, we always have them at christmas!

  14. Beverley

    23rd April 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I received some of these not so long ago – bit sickly for my taste.


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