As I mentioned last week, Thorntons recently sent us some of their latest blocks to review, and this little pink box contains one of those very blocks – a Madagascan 32% milk chocolate with freeze dried straberries. It’s marked as a Limited Edition, but that strikes me as a bit of a marketing gimmick more than anything else.
Inside the box, the square looks just like the others in the range – although there’s no gold or silver foil here, back to the same old rather cheap looking plastic wrapper, unfortunately.
Click on the photo to enlarge it and you might be able to make out the odd tiny fleck of strawberry. A little disappointing perhaps – that is, until you turn the bar over….
The underside is packed with fairly substantial chunks of brightly coloured freeze-dried strawberry. Significantly more than I was expecting.
The chocolate is smooth, creamy and quite sweet, with just a hint of strawberry flavour. It’s quite nice in its own right, but there’s no escaping the big pieces of strawberry in every square.
As with all freeze dried strawberries, they initially have a slightly cardboardy texture that comes to life as they hydrate in your mouth. As they become softer, they release that tart, tangy hit of fresh strawberries. On their own, that would be too much, but with the sweet milk chocolate, they work really well.
The way to eat this bar is definitely to let each square melt slowly on your tongue. The flavours and textures both change as the chocolate melts away, and it’s really rather nice.
I’d still rate the Macadamia block above this one, and the (soon to be reviewed) Tonka bean bar at the top of this particular pile, but at £1.79 this is certainly worth checking out if you happen to be passing your local Thorntons.