This is the last of my current batch of South African chocolate, and probably my favourite. Peppermint Crisp is a bar of Nestlé milk chocolate with a crispty
Kryptonite “peppermint crackle” centre.
While the filling resembles something that would make Superman want to curl up and die, it’s actually just sugar. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it in a chocolate bar.
The peppermint in a peppermint crisp comes in the form of long thin tubes of luminous green sugar that run the length of the bar. In terms of flavour, it closely resembles a stick of rock, but because there’s so much air trapped inside, it’s crispy and crunchy rather than solid like rock.
The effect is quite bizarre. First it’s a little like biting into shards of glass, then you get the minty hit, then the chocolate, then the “shards” start to go chewy.
The milk chocolate itself is standard Nestlé fare. The flavour is nothing to write home about, but it’s largely overtaken by the mintyness from the real peppermint oil that flavours the bar anyway. But I don’t think you’d be buying this bar for the chocolate, anyway. You’d buy it for the completely unique texture.
This is one of those bars that you’re either going to love or hate (or cut the inside of your mouth to shreds on). Personally I love it because I’ve not seen anything else quite like it – and when you’ve been reviewing chocolate for two years, that’s quite refreshing.