After discovering Fry’s Turkish Delight‘s fall from grace, I picked up the 4-pack of Chocolate Cream’s with some reservation. Was this to be another nostalgic return only to be dashed by the bitter reality that things always taste better when you’re a small child? Was I better off leaving them enshrined in memory as the best bitter confectionary in the world?
Well, I’m glad I didn’t.
The Fry’s Chocolate Cream was the first chocolate confectionery ever to be made on a factory scale, so as such is the granddaddy of all chocolate bars. The tagline is “dark chocolate with fondant centre”, which to be honest, I’ve always considered to be fairly poor and unenticing description. Not that I could tell you a better one.
On unwrapping, you are confronted with a long D shaped bar of dark chocolate, about 12½cm long, 3½cm wide and just under 1cm at the thickest part of the D. The word FRY appears at intervals separated with an indented line on the surface, implying you could break it into chunks, but in practice is just decorative – far better just to chomp straight into it.
Biting into the bar, you get a decent mouthful of rich and bitter chocolate. The fondant centre is moist and I swear that it’s a mint taste, not an overpowering one, but mint all the same… yet according to the ingredients and the product description there is no mint. Perhaps a trick played on the mind with the contrasts of bitter and sweet?
All in all, this is still my favourite bitter chocolate by far; I wasn’t disappointed. One bar is enough though, it’s rich and leaves you feeling like you had a decent chocofix. The second bar does leave you feeling a bit sick (well, I had to try in the interests of a proper review after all). This is a classic chocolate bar that still holds its own well in a saturated market.