It could be argued (and it frequently is) that white chocolate isn’t chocolate at all. But so far as Chocablog is concerned, the only thing that really matters is that it’s made with cocoa beans.
So while this Thorntons white chocolate with popping candy definitely falls into the ‘confectionery’ category, it easily earns its place on this site. For one thing, it’s made with single origin Dominican Republic cocoa butter, which is more than you can say for most of what you’d find on the newsagent or sweet shop’s shelves.
It also happens to be stupidly fun. The sweet edge of the white chocolate is balanced nicely by the hint of natural lemon oil, so it’s never too sweet, and the texture is smooth and creamy.
But of course the most important thing about this particular bar is the popping candy. When you place a chunk on your tongue, you have about five seconds to savour the subtle flavours before your mouth explodes and shrapnel embeds itself in your cheeks.
When I tried a pre production version of this bar earlier in the year, I didn’t think there was quite enough ‘pop’ to it, so I’m very happy to see Thorntons’ Master Chocolatier Keith Hurdman has managed to squeeze a bit more bang into the finished version.
I’m not entirely sure this is reminiscent of ‘cloudy lemonade’, as it’s really not quite lemony enough for that. And it’s obviously not something that could ever be classed as ‘fine chocolate’. Nevertheless, I love it.
It’s not big and it’s not clever, but it will put a smile on your face. And you can pick a block up for just £1.89 in Thorntons shops or on their website.