Although we enjoy our work here at Chocablog, it’s always heartwarming to receive positive feedback from a review. It’s even more heartwarming when a manufacturer or supplier gets in touch and offers more free samples for review, and those lovely chaps at Chocolates Direct did just that after I posted my review of the Dolfin Hot Masala bar last week, offering up the Dolfin taster selection for my delectation.
In case you haven’t seen this, the ‘pack’ consists of four milk and four plain bars, each of which represents a unique taste from a different part of the world. Each of these bars is totally different from the others, which to my mind makes them a great gift for the chocolate lover in your life. It’s a pretty safe bet that you won’t have seen at least one or two of these flavour combinations anywhere else before!
So let’s get started:
Cocoa Beans from Ghana
A smooth, fine milk chocolate blended with nibbed cocoa beans from Ghana, which add a subtle yet intense cocoa finish as you nibble the little pieces once the chocolate melts away. The inclusion of these tiny pieces of cocoa gives the whole taste experience a final lift as you release that cocoa intensity. Lovely.
Green Tea from Japan
I mentioned in my review of the Masala Bar that I rather fancied getting my hands on some of this, as I’m rather partial to Green Tea anyway (oh, yes, and the odd bit of chocolate too). Well, I’m delighted to report that this is another winner. The bar has a slightly ‘rough’ texture on the tongue, but you get an immediate release of an intense tea flavour which gives the smooth milk chocolate a distinctly richer, darker undertone. Another winner in my book, and one which made me very happy.
Green Tea and Jasmin from Morocco
Not my first encounter with a milk chocolate and flowers combination, but equally bizarre. The scent of Jasmin flowers is intense to say the very least, and the bar has a grainy texture which I also found a little strange – presumably the green tea, as the Jasmin content was flavour only. Of the four, I’d say this was the ‘odd’ one, and most likely to divide opinions amongst anyone tasting it. Not in itself unpleasant, but definitely left field.
This is the bar I originally reviewed, but in miniature form.
This is definitely a winner. Like a cup of milky chai with a chocolate twist. A subtle blend of warming spices which compliment rather than overpower the delightfully smooth milk chocolate. I went into some detail in my original review, but if you can’t be bothered to have a look, take my word for it when I say that this is well worth a try.
So there you have it. Next time I’ll review the four dark chocolate bars. No doubt there will be a similarly eclectic range of flavours on offer.