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.