You can probably guess this chocolate’s unique selling point. No, it’s not the odd looking cartoon man on the box. This milk chocolate is made with buffalo milk, rather than cows’ milk. The buffalo in question comes from Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire.
Although we know where the milk comes from, somewhat annoyingly, Artisan du Chocolat have neglected to tell us anything much about the actual cocoa, so frankly that’s anyone’s guess. What I can tell you is that it’s a healthy 40% cocoa solids and 28% milk solids. It’s a 45g bar in Artisan’s standard format.
Pop a chunk into your mouth, and the first thing you notice is the texture. It’s very soft, smooth and silky, and melts quickly, coating your tongue in a very creamy milk chocolate. That flavour is a little reminiscent of Galaxy, but without being ridiculously over-sweet like Galaxy. The chocolate itself is pleasant enough, but it’s the creaminess that stays with you after the chocolate has melted.
The Artisan website helpfully says “Any fan of Buffalo mozzarella will love this bar”, which I’m not entirely sure about. I can see where they’re coming from, but really… this bar tastes nothing like mozzarella. And don’t even think about grating it on your pizza.
Fans of creamy milk chocolate will love this bar though, because it’s actually very nice indeed. It’s still a little sweet for my personal tastes, but that just means I wouldn’t eat it all at once. I’d be quite happy to nibble on the odd chunk through the day, and I might even be persuaded to share it.
This bar is available to buy on Artisan du Chocolat’s site, in their stores, but it’s 5p cheaper on the Laverstoke Park Farm site, so that would be the place to get it online.