The chocolate used here is a 70% cocoa solids from Valrhona, so as you’d expect, it’s very, very good. It’s rich, full of flavour and not too sweet. It also looks fantastic with the big chunks of bright red strawberries showing through.
The pepper adds an interesting dimension, but it’s quite subtle and adds more flavour than it does heat – unless you happen to bite into one of the larger pieces of ground pepper that are left after the chocolate and strawberry have melted away.
This isn’t a sweet bar, but it is full of interesting flavours and textures. If you prefer something a little sweeter, then you might be better off with something like the Thorntons Milk Chocolate With Strawberry block we reviewed a while back.
Alternatively, for those with very sweet tooths, Gorvett & Stone also do a white chocolate (Valrhona again) with freeze-dried raspberries. I had planned on reviewing that too, but made the mistake of taking it to a barbecue, where it not only disappeared within seconds, but was unanimously declared the best of the considerable chocolate stash I took along.
Gorvett & Stone seem to do something for everyone, with a great range of flavours. They obviously use quality ingredients – and with products like their wonderful little exploding frog, they have a sense of fun too. I’m looking forward to trying more of their creations in the future.