This 94g chocolate fish was a Christmas present. Not the kind of thing I’d usually buy for myself, even for review purposes. It’s clearly designed as a gift – a novelty item – rather than a quality chocolate product. It even has a stand so you can display it proudly on your mantelpiece. How thoughtful.
The dark chocolate is 60% cocoa solids, which is par for the course for something like this, but it also contains coloured white and milk chocolate, which the label informs me is 31% cocoa solids. Thankfully the ingredients list is nice and short and free from vegetable fat or any nasty additives beyond the colouring.
We’ve reviewed a couple of James’s products with mixed results. I found the chocolate piglets quite bland but the Ginger & Chilli chocs went down very well with my friends. I think this falls somewhere in the middle.
While it’s clearly a novelty, the chocolate is quite acceptable. It’s definitely not going to be to the true dark chocolate lover’s tastes as it’s quite sweet, but I think the kids would enjoy it. It has some nice cocoa notes, without being bitter in anyway.
But I have to wonder how many of these will actually get eaten. It’s very pretty, and with that built-in stand, it’s designed to be displayed. It’s nice enough to eat straight out of the box, but I’m not sure I’d want to eat it after it’s been sat on someone’s shelf gathering dust for a few months.
Still, it’s a pretty gift, and I have to thank my sister for buying me it. Even though I did tell her not to buy me chocolate for Christmas…