Posh My Beans? Would you try Fortnum & Mason's baked bean truffles?
At £26.95 for 10 truffles, these are possibly the most expensive abomination to have hit the market.
Among my friends it's a well worn gag that I'm just a little bit posh. I ride horses, went to a school where everyone was called by their surname and had to wear a blazer, and I have a rather plummy Hugh Bonneville-esque voice.
But even so, I always feel a bit of a fish out of water in Fortnum and Mason. I've been in a few times in my life, and most recently just before Christmas and it really is something else. Their food hall makes Marks and Spencers' look trashy, and that feel comes not just from its layout and decor but also from the products it stocks.
Like these Heinz Baked Beanz Truffles.
The refitted chocolate department and "Frankenstein's Laboratory" for this truffle terror! Image Credit - Fortnum and Mason
F&M's Heinz Baked Bean truffles were available to celebrate the opening of the store's new – and beautiful – confectionary department last year.
They are a nod back to 1901 when the department store was the first to start selling the tinned saucey pulses, and were created by the store's chocolate department.
But with all the recent talk of beans on this site – and FoodTribe's apparent ability to stride both high- and low-brow, I thought these needed bringing to your attention, in case you'd missed them first time around...
Described by F'n'M as "A playful beans on toast truffle, with savoury tomato and haricot notes, balanced with the sweetness of chocolate and the crunchy texture of sourdough crumb" the thought of them alone makes me feel a little ill.
The beany-treats came in batches of 10, and would set you back £26.95.
I honestly think I'd be single if I gave my girlfriend this last week!? Image Credit - Fortnum and Mason.
Customers and visitors to the store may have been a little taken aback by the concept, and frankly I'm not surprised.
This isn't the only time Fortnums have blended a Heinz product with chocolate – they also made Tomato Ketchup truffles for Valentine's with a limited run of 1000 boxes. And you can still buy them online. Draw from that what you will. I don't think I'll be doing a taste test video anytime soon. But what do you think?