I have to admit, my heart sank a little when I saw this in the shop.
I love Toblerone. Proper, original, unadulterated Toblerone. And I just couldn’t see how a dark chocolate version could possibly work. I know it’s been around for a while now, but we’ve not reviewed them and this is actually the first time I’ve seen them on sale.
Needless to say, I added it to my chocolate basket and proceeded to the checkout.
As you can see, it looks just like a regular Toblerone, only darker. It has the same distinctive shape and flecks of white nougat.
According to the label, the chocolate is “Swiss Plain Chocolate” with a minimum of 50% cocoa solids. I always worry when I see the words “plain chocolate”, because more often than not, that’s exactly what you get – very plain chocolate.
In this case though, it’s quite nice. It has a much fuller flavour than something like the Black Magic bar I reviewed earlier this week. It might actually be too strong a flavour, as it does have a bit of an aftertaste. Not a bad aftertaste, but I don’t particularly want to be tasting dark chocolate a day after having eaten it…
But the real problem is that this just isn’t doesn’t taste like Toblerone any more.
What makes a Toblerone is that wonderfully creamy milk chocolate with a hint of honey in the chewy nougat bits. But here, you can’t taste anything but the chocolate. Even if you let the chocolate melt away in your mouth, so you’re left with only the nougat, the flavour is only barely discernible. The dark chocolate simply overwhelms everything that makes a Toberlone.
Like the Fruit & Nut variety, this seems to be nothing more than a half hearted attempt by Kraft to expand the Toblerone brand. Sadly, I think it may just end up doing exactly the opposite – this makes me not want to by Toblerone any more.