I picked these up in Waitrose just before Christmas as I was looking for something new to try. The simple black box managed to stand out amongst all the festive goodies on the chocolate shelf, so I thought I’d give them a try.
I’d never heard of Gü, but it’s obviously a play on the word “goo” and rather than anything exotic and foreign. In fact, when I visited the web site, they seemed to be having a lot of trouble even getting the accent characters right on their own site. I imagine this is partly down to their slightly bizarre habit of åddîng âççéñts to as many English words as they can.
Worse than that, after just a few clicks, I found myself staring at the administration screen for their online shop. Not a particularly auspicious start.
Despite the slightly naff branding and broken web site, the chocs themselves look quite nice. They’re clearly not hand made – each is a perfect sphere with a small flattened area to stop it rolling around. They’re all perfectly dusted with a precise amount of cocoa powder and each choc looks identical to its sibling.
Inside the dark chocolate (70%) shell is a liquid caramel centre. And it’s sweet. VERY sweet. The blurb says it’s salted caramel, but it’s nothing like the sea salt in Green & Black’s caramel offering. There is a slight buttery taste and texture to it, but the sweetness manages to hide any other flavours.
The chocolate itself is quite different. It has a strong dark flavour with very little sweetness, and that complete contrast of flavours is what makes these interesting. Let one melt in your mouth and you first get the lovely rich, chocolateyness followed by an intense sweetness when the chocolate breaks.
Personally, while I loved the dark chocolate, the caramel is just too sweet for me. I enjoyed the first few, but they quickly became a bit sickly. If you like your caramel extra sweet and gooey then give them a go. I don’t think I’ll be getting them again, but I’m looking forward to seeing what else Gü come up with.