Time for another bar from Vivani, and this time it’s a very simple organic white chocolate with flecks of vanilla.
This is very different from the last white chocolate I reviewed. The disturbingly sweet Milky Bar Raisin & Biscuit seemed to be made predominantly from sugar, with added sugar, palm oil and a bit of sugar. This bar contains just four ingredients:
Cocoa butter, whole milk powder (40%), raw cane sugar, bourbon vanilla.
There’s no cocoa solids percentage listed, but given that the second ingredient accounts for 40% of the bar, there has to be at least that much cocoa butter. And it’s refreshing to see sugar coming below them both.
The high cocoa butter and low sugar content of this white chocolate makes a huge difference to the bar. For a start, it’s very soft. It “bends” rather than snaps.
The lower sugar means you can actually taste the cocoa butter too, although it has to be said, the dominant flavour is vanilla. The end result is something that tastes not unlike a nice vanilla ice cream.
Yes, it’s sweet, but never overly so. It doesn’t get sickly if you have more than a couple of squares. That does have the unfortunate side-effect that it’s a little too easy to find yourself scoffing it, then feeling horribly guilty for liking a white chocolate.
Maybe that’s just me. Suffice to say that if you’re a white chocolate fan, this is one worth seeking out.