Like the Wagon Wheel, Chomp, Polly Waffle and Violet Crumble; Golden Roughs and Mint Patties have been around for as long as I can remember (at least 35 out of my 40 years). However, I couldn’t remember when I’d last tried one. Therefore it was time to renew a friendship not thought about since the late seventies.
At only 20 grams each, they’re ideally positioned as a snack for sensible dieters (not me) or for children (me, at least some of the time), so I thought I’d try ‘em both together. The Mint Pattie only slaps me with 2.1 grams of fat, whereas the coconut-laden Golden Rough slathers another 6.7 grams onto my thighs, but I’ve dealt with bigger boys than these two. Plus, I have a treadmill……
Firstly, the Golden Rough. Like a lot of dessicated coconut bars it has an almost chalky and moist feel on your teeth when first you bite into it, but it tastes sweet enough and the flavour of the coconut is decidedly present. Taste-wise this is nothing special and is probably only a big-seller due to size because serious chocophiles who also love their coconut would be better placed buying a block of Whittakers. The ingredients also show that it’s nothing special – sugar first, followed by roasted coconut (20%), vegetable fat….*sigh*, yep so it’s compounded chocolate. No wonder there’s no ‘covered in a thick layer of delicious milk chocolate’ flowery advertising descriptor on the front of the pack.
Sadly, the Mint Pattie was even worse – what do they say about not being able to go back? It tasted like a flattened mintie or an ultra stale marshmallow soaked in mint essence before being steam rolled and then coated as thinly as possible with a smeary, oily layer of compounded chocolate. Maybe it’s for the best that they aren’t generous with the chocolate – ingredients include chemical delectables such as emulsifier 492, gelatine, food acid, emulsifier 476, enzyme (invertase) with traces of wheat starch. Yum yum!