As you can probably tell, this is part of the same range as the Special Toffee bar I reviewed earlier this week. Like the toffee bar, this one also features slightly annoying packaging, however this time I have opted to photograph the box at a slight angle in order to enhance your enjoyment and add a little artistic flair to this review.
I hope you appreciate the lengths I go to. Seriously.
As you can see, this bar features the same distinctive pattern as the toffee bar too. The blurb tells me this bar is made from Ecuadorian cocoa beans (40%), Florida orange oil and finely ground cardamom.
Like the toffee bar, this one also has a pleasantly tempting aroma when you rip open the non-recyclable packaging. Oranges. Lots of oranges.
Unsurprisingly, it tastes or oranges too. But it’s a far more subtle flavour than the ubiquitous Terry’s Chocolate Orange, and some of those milk chocolate flavours do still come through. It’s creamy rather than tangy, and really rather nice.
I did however find it quite difficult to detect any trace of cardamom until after the chocolate had completely gone. A very subtle peppery aftertaste slowly built in my mouth, which to be frank, I found a little annoying. It simply wasn’t “connected” with the other flavours at all. I’m all for adding a bit of spice to chocolate, but I’m not sure it adds anything to this particular bar. I wouldn’t be surprised if the main reason it’s here is simply because “cardamom” looks good written on the box.
All in all, not a bad little bar if you’re into orangey chocolate. Personally I prefer the toffee variety but I still have more of these to review, so I’ll withhold final judgment for now.