I first tried a ‘pre-production’ version this bar back at the Chocolate Unwrapped show in October, and I’m really glad to see it’s now available in the shops. It’s another square block of solid chocolate, and as you can see from the picture below mine didn’t quite survive its trip through the post intact. But no matter, it’s the taste that’s important…
The chocolate is a 32% Madagascan milk (the same as the strawberry block I reviewed back in July) and is creamier and a little sweeter than the Venezuelan beans found in the Venezuela and Tonka Bean blocks. I’m sure that sweetness won’t be to everyone’s taste, but I found it worked really well with the saltiness of the pistachios that are studded throughout the chocolate.
And they really are quite salty – but in a way that works perfectly with the chocolate. The pistachios reminded me of sweetened popcorn with a nutty, caramel flavour. The chocolate and pistachios on their own would be pretty good, but when combined, something wonderful happens. The combination of flavours works really well for me.
And the textures work equally well. The soft, creamy milk chocolate and light, crunchiness of the pistachios make this block incredibly moreish. There’s no way you can just eat a single square of this stuff.
This is probably my new favourite Thorntons block. Definitely worth trying.