This is one of a pair of 50g bars I was given at the Oxford Chocolate Festival earlier this year. As you can see, this 50g Rum & Raisin bar has already won an Academy of Chocolate Bronze Award. It’s made with Co Couture’s Blend II, which promises a ’rounded, rich chocolate with a creamy finish and exceptional length of taste’.
Other than that, all I can say is that it’s 69% cocoa content chocolate – there’s no mention of bean variety or region. The raisins make up 22% of this bar and the rum another 8%, which may sound like quite a lot but in fact it balances beautifully with the fruitiness of the raisins, which are plump and juicy and pretty near perfect. The chocolate is indeed creamy and rich, and the finishing notes of rich, dark cocoa and fruit from the raisins are lovely.
In essence what we have here is a posh version of Cadbury’s ‘Old Jamaica’ bar, but done properly (just look at the size of those raisins). It’s a cut above your average Rum & Raisin bar, which is reflected in the £3.95 price tag but it didn’t win a Bronze AOC Award for nothing, and if you’re a fan of Rum & Raisin I’d strongly advise you to track down this bar.
They seem to be available at Liberty of London, Co Couture’s boutique in Belfast and various online shops, so they shouldn’t prove too hard to track down.