As any regular reader will no doubt be aware, I always try and keep an eye out for unusual or different types of chocolate when I’m on my travels. I’m proud to continue this tradition by reviewing this bar of milk chocolate from . . . Wales.
Yes, Caldey Island chocolate is made in the Monastery on Caldey Island.
Unfortunately I didn’t actually go to the monastery. This bar was bought from the gift shop at the Welsh Parliament building in Cardiff. As you can see from the photos, it comes in a pleasant enough gold and brown coloured paper sleeve, with a rather interesting and very decorative foil wrapper around the actual bar itself.
The rear of the wrapper promises a minimum of 32% cocoa and 24% milk solids, so I was anticipating a good, creamy milk chocolate. I was not disappointed. Upon opening the wrapper, I was immediately impressed with the smell of the chocolate.
As you can see, it comes stamped ‘Caldey’ on each square, mimicking a lot of the Belgian bars I’m so fond of. The chocolate itself is slightly sweeter than my normal ‘tipple’ but it is indeed very creamy, melts beautifully and delivers a taste not entirely dissimilar to a Galaxy chocolate.
I don’t suppose the monks of Caldey Island make huge quantities of chocolate, and nor do I imagine that this is widely available (even in Wales) but I would recommend it to anyone who happens to spy a bar while visiting Wales.