Continuing with my “back to basics” chocolate bar campaign, the next on the shopping list was the Bounty Bar.
Now, I must be particularly susceptible to advertising as just the glimpse of the split coconut, azure waters and leafy palm trees on the wrapper sends me off into my own little daydream where I’m lying in a hammock in the tropics, slowly eating a chocolate bar, sipping a cocktail and having my own rather hunky Adonis fanning me with palm leaves.
Ahem, where was I. Oh yes, the Bounty Bar.
The first thing you need to know about this chocolate bar is of vital importance. Bounty Bars MUST be eaten straight out of the fridge. Some chocolate bars are quite flexible, and while not optimum, it doesn’t really matter if you buy it off a warm shelf in your local newsagent and eat it at your desk a few hours later, but a tepid Bounty Bar is an unloved Bounty Bar – and pretty flavourless.
So, you’re in your tropical daydream, you’ve got your suitably chilled Bounty Bar in front of you, you rip off the wrapper enthusiastically – what do you find?
Inside you get two “mini” bars of Bounty. Each about 6cm long, 2.5cm wide and 1.5cm deep. The chocolate on the top is pleasantly rippled, presumably echoing the waves on our tropical fantasy beach, and the base has the word BOUNTY and palm trees repeatedly printed on the bottom – just in case you were in danger of forgetting what you were eating.
Biting into it, if you fridged it properly as instructed, you get a nice crunch of milk chocolate – a satisfyingly thick coating – the chocolate is not a mere afterthought in a Bounty Bar. The interior coconut filling is soft, moist and beautifully coconutty. However, it should be said that the milk chocolate coating is slightly sweeter than, say Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, which is a little disappointing as it doesn’t offer as much contrast to the subtle flavours of the coconut filling as it might. Despite being a die-hard milk chocolate fan, I suspect I might get on better with the dark chocolate version in this instance.
The bad news is, that the mini bar is snaffled within a couple of bites. The good news – there’s a second bar to follow! When they’re both gone, I am left feeling nice and full and chocolate cravings are satisfied, so I’m not immediately raiding the fridge for another one.
So, on the whole, the Bounty Bar is a worthy classic of the confectionary aisle, but only if eaten properly chilled.