Don’t be misled by the words “complex chocolate” on the front, because this is about as simple as chocolate gets, with just three ingredients. Cocoa mass, sugar and cocoa butter. The complex flavours come from the cocoa bean rather than any added flavouring.
The tasting notes on the back of the box say “A full-bodied, elegant chocolate that is well rounded and has a long finish”.
But then it goes on to say “Think interesting adjectives, concentration, debates”. I can’t quite figure out if that’s meant seriously or humourously, but I do like Melt, so I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt!
At 90g, this isn’t a huge bar of chocolate, but as you can see, it is quite chunky. I love the design, but it does make it a little difficult to snap off small chunks. A single 10g square is more than a mouthful, even for me.
When you do break off a suitably sized piece, the flavour is wonderful, and you can quickly see where the wine comparison comes from. It really is full bodied and fruity.
There’s no country of origin for the beans on the packaging, so I’m going to assume this is a blend of different origins. While I don’t have any in front of me to compare, the flavour is similar to, but more subtle than the likes of Valrhona’s Manjari and Amano’s Madagascar bars. It’s not as overtly citrusy, but still light and sweet.
I thoroughly enjoyed this chocolate, and I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the range. At £6.80 a bar, they’re not cheap, but like good wine, you get what you pay for.