I’ve known this bar was coming for a couple of months and I’ve sat and waited patiently for it to appear. Today it finally arrived, and I think my life may be complete. Yes, this is what happens when you let Paul A. Young loose in a kitchen with a jar of Marmite XO.
You may recall that we tried Paul’s Marmite (non-XO) ganaches when we first visited his Islington shop, and I fell in love with them. The Marmite flavour was quite subtle, and acted a little like the salt in a salted caramel – enhancing the flavour – rather than dominating the chocolate.
Marmite XO is a different beast though. And what we have is a 64% Madagascan dark chocolate bar, divided into 4 sections, each filled with the stuff. And while there is more chocolate than Marmite in the bar, it’s the strong, salty, fantastical Marmite flavour that wins through.
After a few seconds though, that sweet, fruity Madagascan chocolate comes into play and starts to overcome the saltiness. Frankly, it’s a bizarre experience. Eating this simple bar of chocolate makes me stick out my tongue, screw up my face, giggle, then go back in for more. I absolutely love it. This is my new favourite filled chocolate bar.
Of course lesser mortals (read ‘Marmite haters’) will despise it as much as I love it. If you’re one of those weird people that doesn’t like Marmite, then I can only suggest you seek medical attention, because there’s clearly something wrong with you. The only thing that rocks more than Marmite XO is Marmite XO enveloped in delicious Madagascan chocolate.
And the best part of all this is that Paul Young is giving away samples – this Saturday 21st May only. All you need to do is get onto Twitter and tweet about them, then pop into his Islington shop on Saturday and demand to be fed.
(While stocks last, I presume. Personally I intend to go back in at least 10 disguises to stock up.)