Not to be outdone by Cadbury’s revamp of their dark chocolate Old Gold range, Nestlé too are still proudly flogging their ‘Club Classic’ dark chocolate varieties, and have introduced a ‘Mixed Berry’ flavour to the supermarket shelves.
I really love Nestlé’s dark chocolate (especially their Club Cappuccino) but that doesn’t mean it escapes my attention that this block is a mere 180g compared to either their usual 200g or Cadbury’s 250g blocks that sell for about the same price. Either the ingredients are more expensive and are hidden by reducing the size or they want to increase the price but not so that it’s noticeable. Whatever the reason, it is sneaky and annoying and put me in a slightly negative frame of mind when it was time to try the stuff.
Luckily for Nestlé Club, the second the wrapper was ripped open my nostrils were assailed with a gorgeous berry smell and the sweet, rich scent of dark chocolate. Bad mood, what bad mood? What was I complaining about?
The chunks of berry pieces aren’t very distinguishable from the dark chocolate and could almost be mistaken for sultanas until you bite into a square or two. This was a truly delicious combination, with the chewy berry flavour complementing the slowly melting dark chocolate and lingering afterwards to a satisfyingly sweet finish.
The proportions looked good at first reading – 40% cocoa solids, with the bar comprising 85% dark chocolate and 15% ‘berry pieces’. The picture on the front of the wrapper shows a strawberry, raspberry and blueberry, but how were they incorporated? The answer, alas, wasn’t too comforting, and here in Australia the ingredients must be listed in order of volume first:
- Concentrated apple puree (no percentage listed)
- Strawberry puree 0.7%
- Plum puree (no percentage listed, but obviously 0.6% or lower)
- Elderberry juice concentrate (what the…? And no percentage)
- Blueberry puree 0.2%
- Raspberry juice concentrate coming in at a whopping 0.1%
Hmm. Now that the block was demolished, my bad mood was returning. If I dust off my high school calculator and work out that the ‘berry’ was only 15% of the block and the key ingredients of strawberry, blueberry and raspberry only comprise one percent of that, then Nestlé has a bit of cheek in putting them on the front wrapper when they only comprise 0.15% of the ingredients!
Ah well, it tastes good and I know I’ll be buying, eating and enjoying it again.