Having already enjoyed the Côte d’Or milk chocolate varieties before, I was really looking forward to sinking my teeth into their 70%. Having raspberries inside was an added bonus.
The inviting scent of raspberry mingling lovingly with 70% dark was immediately evident the moment the foil was ripped open. The elephants were glossy, almost black and very welcoming. There were tiny slivers of raspberry pieces scattered inside the middle of each square.
This is one incredible bar. The chocolate is distinctly five star quality and I’ll definitely be keen to find and try it as a plain bar when I can find it. The tiny pieces of dried raspberry are left behind to nibble on after the rich dark chocolate has dissolved and its tanginess is the perfect partner to the bittersweet kick of the 70%. Perhaps the bitter and tangy qualities mean that the end result is rich, but not sickly. Instead, this chocolate block is dangerously moreish, and I only gave Love Chunks and Sapphire a square of it each. They were too engrossed in watching a DVD together and I shamelessly took the advantage of enjoying the remaining eight squares myself.
A glance through the ingredients list reveals that the ones included in the 70% chocolate are as expected, but the raspberry filling is, like Nestle’s Club Mixed Berry, a sobering sight for sore eyes. Exactly 1.1% of the total ingredients are raspberries, and further down the list is apple puree and pineapple. Apple is a common filler or extender for berry flavours but pineapple is a new one to me. Oh it doesn’t really matter – Côte d’Or have come up trumps and this little beauty will be a regular drop into my shopping trolley.