As regular Chocablog readers would know, I have not been a fan of Cadbury’s foray into the ridiculous sounding (and tasting) ‘Desserts’ range using their Dairy Milk chocolate, declaring it a disaster and tasting insultingly inedible. In addition, their ‘Eden’ brand – which is deliberately set up to try and capture a share of the posh-end of the choccie spectrum – has also been eagerly tasted but left me similarly under-whelmed. Thirdly, whilst throwing out the ‘Boysenberry Shortcake’ block in disappointment, I always wondered why Cadders weren’t trying to do more with their ‘Old Gold’ dark chocolate varieties.
Well, bless their sweet little cocoa-flavoured hearts, they’re making a start by releasing a 70% cocoa block under the ‘Old Gold’ banner. Well, it’s better than a start really, more like a home-run on their first try.
This 250g slab of paradise is, quite honestly, the best 70% dark chocolate I have ever tasted. It hits the spot in terms of strength of cocoa flavour but does it with a teasing hint of sweetness and a far smoother texture and mouth feel compared to the sometimes grittier versions in other brands. It melts on the tongue quite easily and somehow has a creamier constitution that doesn’t end with the bitterness sucking out all of the moisture from your mouth.
As you can see from the glamorous shot above, it was sampled (actually, a couple of blocks were ‘sampled’) during a house boat holiday on the Murray River, hence the dodgy Arcopal plate resting on the sensible plastic tablecloth, so my expectations weren’t too high. How completely wrong I was. The other guests on board agreed with me, and ranged in ages from eight to forty eight. This wonderful stuff was enjoyed with steaming cups of tea, freshly-brewed coffee, cold glasses of milk and iced coffee. It also coped with being sampled late at night over an ancient version of Trivial Pursuit, with a glass of Aussie cabernet sauvignon which is unusual for red wine and chocolate to pair up without a bit of a tussle with the tastebuds..
Well done, Cadbury, for making such a magnificent block of chocolate that is not only the most delicious, but also rests firmly – and proudly – in the affordable price range. This can be something that can be eaten as often as your taste buds and waistbands will allow. Boy am I looking forward to winter this year!