Now if there’s a fruit that is ‘typically Arabian’ it has to be the date. Arabs love dates. Fact.
Little surprise then that some bright spark decided to cover dates in chocolate. Sweet fruit and sweet chocolate – perfect. The cunning part was when the inventor of Chocodate decided to replace the date stone with a whole almond. Genius.
I picked these up en route home from Egypt. With hindsight I realise that those rucksack-sized bags were there for a reason. Chocodates are somewhat moreish.
Think about it, you begin with something wrapped in milk chocolate. Bite down through the shell and you encounter a whole date – soft, sweet, gooey fruitiness. Delicious. The coup de grace is the single crisp almond at the heat of each piece. It’s a great counterpoint to all that squidgy gooiness and finishes the whole experience off beautifully.
My only problem with chocodates is the obvious one. The chocolate is a bit poor. It’s a standard issue 30% cacao milk chocolate and it doesn’t really deliver much in the way of a taste experience. Each time I had a Chocodate I found myself thinking “These would be so much better if somebody decided to bring out a posh version with some proper chocolate” and that’s more or less the thrust of this review.
I can see why Chocodates are so popular, but I can also see how an upmarket version made with either a high cacao milk chocolate or a top notch mid-range dark chocolate would transform these into something quite spectacular – so when you’ve made your first batch, oh chocolatier, could I have a few to sample please?