Here’s something a little unusual, and certainly one up on the sweet cigarettes we used to have as kids. One hundred grams of dark and milk chocolate with a praline filling, made by Venchi (purveyors of inedible Absinthe chocolate). Certainly the only type of cigar I’m likely to chomp on these days!
It’s actually a combination of a 56% dark chocolate outer layer, a 33.3% milk chocolate interior, and a central core of praline with Piedmont hazelnuts.
As you can see, definitely three distinct elements to this ‘bar’.
When I broke a piece off for tasting, the praline centre started to break down almost immediately, flooding my mouth with lovely milky, hazelnut flavours, and then as the dark and milk chocolate joined in I tasted good rounded cocoa flavours from both the milk and dark. The cocoa flavours come through very well, giving way to the hazelnut pieces as you finish each mouthful. The centre is quite sweet but not too sweet, and the chocolate has a good soft mouthfeel, leaving the palate clean for the nutty finale. It certainly changed my previous opinions of Venchi’s ability to produce good quality(or even edible!) chocolate.
It’s a good balance of flavours, put together very well and offered in this slightly jokey packaging. Premium quality chocolate offered in an unusual format – not the first or last time we’ve seen that on Chocablog, eh?
This was bought in Plymouth, so they are available in the UK, and I’ve seen them on sale in motorway services in Italy and France. Definitely a good pick as a gift for someone with a chocolate and tobacco addiction!