It comes in a rather nice thin card box and silver foil, and once you manage to rip the foil away, you’re greeted with one of the prettiest looking bars I’ve seen for some time.
But appearances aren’t everything, and while this bar looks beautiful, a quick glance at the ingredients list on the box reveals the chocolate is only 50% cocoa solids. That’s pretty weak, to say the least.
And the coffee? Well that accounts for 8% of the bar and is described as “coffee crispies” – granules of what look, feel and taste like instant coffee. And those crispies are only 14% coffee themselves. By my calculations, that makes this bar about 50% chocolate and 1% coffee. The rest? Well, mainly sugar of course.
Despite all that though, this bar turns out to be quite pleasant. The flavours are actually quit nice and despite what it says on the ingredients list, it doesn’t taste too sweet. There’s none of the brain-jarring intensity of Green & Black’s Espresso bar, meaning quite possible to eat more than two chunks in one session without dying. That’s one thing it’s got over Green & Black’s.
As someone who isn’t that into strong coffee, that’s a big plus point for me, but the fact remains the actual chocolate just isn’t as good as I was hoping for. It’s a sweet, weak, black coffee, with no real depth to the flavour.
Unfortunately, I don’t think the real coffee lovers will be won over by something like that – and the non coffee lovers probably wouldn’t buy it in the first place.