The front of the bar follows the standard Askinosie format, with the name of the company spelled out on each large chunk of chocolate. But the back of this bar is a little different.
As you can see, it’s littered with pieces of organic, gluten-free salted black liquorice and anise seed. There’s also fleur de sel and goats milk in the chocolate, so as you might expect, it’s not subtle.
Even if you try to get a sense of the chocolate by placing a piece liquorice-side-up on your tongue, your mouth is still immediately filled by that intense flavour and aroma. This may be a hefty 62% milk chocolate, but it still quickly fades into the background.
I do think it’s a good choice of chocolate for this bar though, as it does have a certain creaminess that goes well with the liquorice, and it’s neither too sweet nor too bitter.
In the end, how much you like this bar comes down to whether or not you like liquorice, as that’s the predominant flavour by far.
What I love about it is that it’s just so different from other chocolate I’ve had recently. Askinosie are of course, a top bean-to-bar chocolate maker, and it always makes me happy when real artisans make fun, non-traditional flavours like this. It may be more high-end confectionery than than it is fine chocolate, but I still like it.