Thorntons White Chocolate With Coconut & Lime

Posted by in Chocolate Reviews on July 5 2010 | Leave A Comment

I know how some of you feel about white chocolate. You don’t regard it as proper chocolate and you get all hot and bothered when we write about it. But this bar has a special place in my heart, and I’m going to review it. And I think you might even like it yourself.

I should start by saying that this particular sample got rather hot and bothered itself – so much so that it melted and reformed into a somewhat curvier version of its former self. But I don’t think that will have any effect on the taste or texture of this bar, so I’m going to solidier on. It’s a tough life, being a chocolate reviewer.

I say this chocolate has a special place in my heart, because I first tried it in Keith Hurdman’s development kitchen during our Thorntons factory tour. It’s made from beans from the Dominican Republic, toasted dessicated coconut and natural lime flavourings – although there’s no information about the origin of the coconut or lime on the packaging.

But what makes this bar a bit special is the way the white chocolate, coconut and lime work together and produce something greater than the sum of its parts.

The first thing you notice is the texture. The chocolate is soft and breaks easily, but the toasted coconut is crispy and crunchy, giving the chocolate an almost biscuit like texture. The flavours work equally well together, with the chocolate and coconut having a subtle, creamy taste, with the citrus lime cutting through the creaminess, without being overpowering in any way.

The result is a light, fresh, crispy and creamy white chocolate that’s far too easy to eat – this 80g block disappeared entirely in the 30 minutes it took to write this review.

I say this every time with white chocolate, but the hardcore chocolate lovers who frown on anything but unadulterated dark chocolate will, I’m sure, disown me for giving this such a glowing review. But I don’t care. I know what I like, and I like this.

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  1. Emma

    Whilst I admit that I felt faint even at the concept of contemplating the thought that White ‘Chocolate’ should even be allowed to be mentioned within these hallowed and revered pages, I am prepared to accept that the combination of coconut and lime does sound rather good.

    Although we must concede that Delia went there first with the legendary “Summer Collection’ that caused Sainsburys to sell out of limes and coconuts for weeks and weeks.

    Maybe it would be better if I didn’t think of it as chocolate, maybe more of a ‘dessert offering’….

  2. Dom (Chocablog Staff)

    Well as far as what we write about on Chocablog goes, we have a simple rule; If it’s made with the product of the cocoa bean, we’ll write about it. As white chocolate is just cocoa butter, sugar and milk powder, it’s perfectly acceptable.

    What we have more of an issue with is when chocolate companies replace some of the cocoa butter with vegetable oil (usually palm oil) because it’s cheaper. We’ll still write about it, but we’ll try to point it out so you can make your own mind up.

    And you’re right. Think of this as a nice dessert. Different from an artisan dark chocolate, where you might treat yourself to a small square each day. But equally acceptable. :)

  3. Emma

    One small square per day?!! If only I had that sort of willpower :-)

  4. Michael (Chocablog Staff)

    I’m at the point now when I want to head back to the UK just to visit Thorntons. Does that make me shallow?

  5. I don’t care what color it is, chocolate tastes great and I think these are worth a try.

  6. Manuela

    Just got a bar tonight.Nice,very nice indeed.

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