Time for another offering from James Chocolates, and this time we have some rather interesting looking caramel chocolate discs with vanilla and sea salt.
The thing that intrigued me most though, was that ‘Great Taste Gold’ award logo on the package. I’ve not been that keen on the sweet 60% dark chocolate I’ve tried recently, so I wondered if this milk chocolate could really warrant such an award.
Inside the fancy pink and purple box, we have this little stack of discs, sealed in plastic. Open the bag and you’re immediately hit by the delicous aroma of vanilla. It’s like sniffing a big bowl of ice cream. Yum.
The discs themselves are very simple affairs. Solid chocolate, about 4cm across, flat and round, with a slightly dull finish, and a soft snap.
And they taste, really, really nice. Of course, being a caramel milk chocolate, they’re quite sweet, but the chocolate is very similar to Hotel Chocolat’s caramel chocolate which I just can’t get enough of. It’s smooth and creamy with a slightly burnt edge to it, and every so often, a grain of sea salt that serves to enhance all the flavours. It’s clear that a lot of thought has been put into the balance of flavours here – much more so than I’ve seen in other James products.
It’s all too easy to get carried away and eat the entire 100g bag of these very, very quickly. Really, they need to be shared with a friend over a horrifically slushy movie. Or broken up and sprinkled over ice cream. But for the time being, I’ve had to hide the bag from myself, as I know they’ll be gone in seconds if I leave them lying around.
Want to win some?
Update: This competition is now closed!
Having told James how much I liked these, the man himself has offered to give a couple of boxes to Chocablog readers. If you want to be in with a chance to win one, you can enter in two ways. You can:
- Leave a comment on this post. The comment can say anything, but make sure the email address you enter is valid so we can contact the winner.
- Retweet this post on Twitter.
You can enter both ways if you like, but please, no more than once each per household, and this giveaway is open to UK residents only. I’ll pick a winners (one each from Twitter and post comments) on Tuesday May 4th.