Having enjoyed pitting two Dark chocolate and ginger bars against each other, I was very pleased to see that these two were on offer at my local supermarket. In the interests of research (and to save Chocablog having to pay twice) may I present our contenders?
In the Dark Brown corner:
Côte D’Or Spécialités Truffé Noir
and in the Light Brown corner:
Côte D’Or Spécialités Truffé Milk.
Côte D’Or (part of the Kraft Empire) is, allegedly, Belgium’s favourite chocolate, and the packages (which are almost identical) make sure the consumer knows that they’re serious about their choccy, promising ‘rich, indulgent flavours, seductive aromas and smooth, refined textures’.
Interestingly enough, there is only a 10% cocoa content difference between the milk and the dark version of these bars. The milk bar has 34% cocoa, the Dark 44%.
Of course, both bars are made in exactly the same shape, divided laterally into long fingers with ample ‘snapping space’ between each stick of filled chocolate, which are of course embossed with the Côte D’Or name.
So which one wins the taste test?
First of all I tried a piece of the Milk Bar. It is very smooth indeed, creamy and light and with a delightful sweetness to the filling that makes it extremely moreish in spite of its richness. The truffle filling melted away and left me wanting more almost immediately. very tasty.
So it was with great delight that I took a bite of the Dark bar, but this time I’m afraid the Dark Side didn’t do it for me. The chocolate does have that bitter tang, but the filling didn’t really do anything special to compliment the chocolate flavour, it just kind of sat there with the chocolate. I put this down to a lack of extra sweetness in the filling, which seemed to give the Milk Bar that little extra lift. The Dark bar is tasty, don’t get me wrong, but in this situation I found myself thinking that the Milk bar just had the more interesting flavour.
These bars were on sale in my local Sainsbury – go grab a couple for yourself and see what you think.