I picked this up in Ireland last week, mainly for the novelty value but also because it seemed like the most Irish chocolate I could find. Obviously ‘Irish Cream’ is a version of that very popular alcoholic beverage Bailey’s, and I have seen Bailey’s chocolates, but obviously the ‘Purveyors of Happiness’ didn’t get the franchise and have resorted to another version.
Ingredients wise, we have 32% cocoa milk chocolate with 10% alcohol which is contained in a white chocolate truffle filling. The white chocolate is 20% cocoa solids, making this a fairly respectable confection. Having seen in the past how as little as 1% of a strong tasting ingredient can affect the flavour of chocolate it was no surprise to find that this bar gave off a fairly potent whiff of alcohol – more so when the bar was broken and the filling was revealed.
I’m pleased to say that my initial forebodings regarding overpowering tastes were unfounded. This bar has a pretty thick outer coating of milk chocolate which allows one to savour the cocoa flavours before the filling starts to melt and floods the mouth with the familiar combination of whiskey and cream.
As alcoholic chocolates go this one has authentic flavours which combine well with the milk chocolate. It certainly wouldn’t work as a dark chocolate bar – the creaminess of milk and white chocolate are ideal bedfellows for the whiskey and cream liqueur. Would I recommend it? Well, if you’re partial to chocolate and enjoy the odd glass of Irish Cream liqueur then this may well be your idea of perfect harmony. Whether or not it’s readily available outside of Ireland I can’t say, but I think it’s well worth seeking out if you’re reading this and licking your lips in anticipation. Butlers products aren’t the cheapest, but the ingredients seem to be of decent quality, and so one really can’t begrudge paying a little extra for that quality. Great for lovers of boozy, creamy confectionery.