No, I haven’t just banged my head on the keyboard or typed random letters in no particular order. That’s what this chocolate is called.
It’s a well-known fact that 97% of all Polish people live in London these days. It’s also a well-known fact that 97% of statistics (including the previous one) are made up on the spot. But whatever the real statistic, suffice to say lots of Polish people live here.
One of the benefits of this is that you can buy Polish food just about anywhere. This little bar came from my local sweet shop, and although I had no idea what it was when I bought it, I swear it jumped up and down saying “Buy Me!” when it saw me looking.
Little did I know I was buying one of the nicest chocolates I’ve tasted all year.
As far as I can make out, a rough translation of the name is “Classic Bitter Caramel”. And that’s exactly what this is. A wonderful dark chocolate with a heavenly filling.
According to the ingredients on the label (helpfully available in English), the cocoa content is 60%, although it tastes a little stronger to me. But it’s smooth and creamy with just the right bitterness to sweetness ratio.
But the real surprise is the filling. It’s a soft creamy caramel made with condensed milk and it’s absolutely packed with flavour. It has a slightly smokey, slightly custardy flavour – the closest taste comparison I can think of is to something like a crème caramel. It’s smooth to the point of being silky, and it’s utterly, utterly divine. Nothing like the “slightly heated corn syrup” that often passes for caramel these days.
Being imported from Eastern Europe, the price was great too. At 65p for a 90g bar, this is absolutely something I’ll be buying again.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned after a year of Chocablogging it’s that people’s tastes in chocolate vary considerably. But for me, this is one of the nicest chocolates I’ve tasted in a long time, and will certainly be on my shortlist for next year’s Chocster Awards.