I came across this little beauty while browsing for Belgian choccy in Sainsbury’s a while back. Intrigued by the concept and in the interests of all Chocablog readers, I took a leap of faith and bagged a bar.
The packaging certainly looked the part – the slim-box-as-wrapper, discreet gold foiling, well photographed squares of chocolate teasing the potential buyer with a saucy flash of their creamy interior. Who could resist? Not me, at any rate. My inner Fat Bloke was definitely up for sampling this one.
My initial thoughts were that this could be a bit of a letdown. After all, just how do you recreate the Crème Brûlée experience within the confines of a slab of chocolate? Surely chocolate and Crème Brûlée go together like sardines and custard? Would it be a Frankenstein’s Monster of chocolate – some weird hybrid combining two great flavours and spoiling them both?
Only one way to find out, kids.
Like our common hero, Little Charlie Bucket, I like to have a smell of a freshly opened bar of chocolate. It gives one a pretty good idea of what’s in store. So, I split the seal, slid out the (surprisingly thick) slab of choccy, ran a nail along the first horizontal seam and cracked the bar.
Now there’s a good reason for my liking of ‘posh’ chocolate. It’s generally very well made, and as a rule it does what it says on the wrapper/box/tin. Well, my friends, this was no exception. First sniff said ‘choccy, cream and caramel’ and so it was to be.
Each square contained a lovely soft, rich creamy layer of Crème Brûlée, which in turn contained little chips of the caramelised topping one would expect. The thing was, these bits weren’t like the nougaty bits in a Toblerone (destined to clump together and find the nearest dental recess or cavity to adhere to), no-no, these were wisps of flavour, adding that slight extra bitter-sweetness to the flavour without overpowering it. The milk chocolate is a lovely full-flavoured blend and there’s enough there to remind you you’re eating a choccy bar first and foremost.
As you may have gathered, I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and managed to keep the bar alive for a good few days before I revealed it to my wife.
My only disappointment has been that to date I haven’t seen any more on sale. Please don’t tell me it was a limited edition!