If the experts are to believed, this particular chocolate may be one of the best so far as the box proudly displays its Academy of Chocolate Bronze Award. I had been quite keen to try it, and luckily it turned up in our goody bags at the awards ceremony. Yay!
The format of this block is the same as the other Thorntons square blocks, except this one has a gold wrapper emblazoned with the words “award winning”, rather than the usual clear plastic wrapper. It definitely looks more appetising wrapped in gold, so I guess Thorntons are just going to have to win a few more awards so they can repackage the rest of the range.
The chocolate here is a Dominican Republic 60% and it’s really rather delicious. It has a bright, fruity flavour that instantly reminded me of Amano’s 70% Madagascar bar. It’s not bitter at all and is the kind of thing I could happily eat all day.
The caramelised macadamias add an interesting flavour too. They have just a hint of sweetness and a touch of salt with a very slightly burnt flavour coming in at the end. They’re finely chopped, so there’s no large chunks to contend with and they add just the right amount of crispy, crunchy texture.
I can certainly see why this won an Academy of Chocolate award – it really is rather good – and the fact that it’s available somewhere as accessible as Thorntons means that anyone should be able to get their hands on it.
Having said that, I can’t see it in their online store and I’ve not checked out my local Thorntons lately. If you do find it, let us know. And also buy some – you won’t regret it.
Update: I’m told by Thorntons that this bar is being introduced over the next few weeks and should be in all Thorntons stores by the end of the month. So look out for it!