When ‘The Chocolate Society‘ got in touch to offer me a few items for review, he mentioned Vestri White chocolate. “How odd.” I thought, having only quite recently had my first encounter with Vestri and rather enjoyed it.
As you can see, the presentation was a little less stylish than one might have expected, but this is a sample pack. To be honest, when you look at the chocolate, it’s hard to imagine how else to package it.
The white chocolate is a combination of 30.1% cacao butter and 6.7% cream, resulting in a very rich, sweet confection. The shards themselves are just thick enough to conceal a toasted sesame seed. In other words pretty thin. It had been quite a while since I’d tasted any white chocolate, and I wasn’t quite prepared for how sweet it was , but a little salt soon settled things down a little.
When you find the sesame seeds and bite down, that nutty, toasty, slightly bitter flavour cuts right through the chocolate, and when you find some salt to play along, the three flavours come together in total harmony. While I’m the first to admit I don’t care much for the white stuff, I found the use of salt and sesame inspired and well balanced. I’d be the first to tell you that white chocolate is too sweet, and these two additions do a good job of cutting that sweetness. For my tastes I could happily have had a few more sesame seeds, and a good dose of salt, but that would obviously alienate the white chocolate buyers (or at least the less adventurous ones!)
We’re slowly seeing an influx of Vestri products in the UK. They’re another small producer of fine chocolate, done italian style, and I believe they’re a name worth looking out for.