I’ve had a long fascination with chocolate ginger – for me it is just one of those combinations that works really, really well – provided a rich dark chocolate is used. Knowing this, The Lady Of The House was very pleased to come home one day bearing a pack of Ballantyne Ginger Lovers Spicy Ginger Pieces Coated in Rich Dark Chocolate. Clearly, I’m indulged.
A decent chocolate / ginger needs to have a generous coating of good chocolate over a juicy piece of crystallised ginger, so that you can let it melt slowly and then chew up the ginger. Of course, just greedily chomping the whole lot up quickly works well too. The slow method is better taste test because you get to see if the chocolate was any good.
Ballantyne in Australia has been around roughly for ever. The brand comes from a family owned company (which sold it to another family owned company), and is well known for chocolate products that you can buy pretty much anywhere – especially the after dinner chocolate mint stick things that compete with the well-known After Dinner Mints.
As you can see, these poor little things have a few white marks – probably due to our extended spell of hot weather. The other lighter marks indicates what happens when they roll around in a bag and bump into each other. Not that any of this matters at all, in this case.
For the dissectionists, a quick look inside shows great promise:
Each ball is about the size of a generous grape, and inside there is a generous piece of ginger. I’m pleased to report that the texture is not too dry.
On the taste test, these measure up pretty well. I’ve had better from an obscure place that my mother-in-law found – and I’ve been searching for something as good ever since. Using that long-remembered sample and giving it 10 marks out of 10, this one scores about an 8 or 9 – which is pretty good in my books.