I’ve been to my supplier of Polish chocolate. (Does small dance for joy).
And they have a whole lot of new goodies there. (Does even bigger dance).
Of course, I don’t speak Polish and would not know what most of the goodies are if they reached out and strangled me. But I recognise chocolatey goodness at about 700 paces, and that’s good enough.
The rather large and imposing Blok Orzechowy kind of took my fancy. It means “Block Nuts” or, in plain English, a nut block. The photo’s don’t adequately show the sheer imposing size. This 250g brute is about 4 cm deep, 7 cm high, and 17 cm long. I began to wonder what I’d bought, so of course I had to rush home and, with trembling fingers, open the box. After photographing it – as you do.
Inside we find a plastic tub containing what looks an awful lot like a kind of biscuity loaf like my mum used to make. Tipping it out and cutting some off confirms this.
The presentation is… well… interesting. The Blok does not really come of the plastic tub very well, and it’s kind of crumbly. The nuts are fairly clearly visible but there don’t seem to be the vast numbers of them that the photo on the box, and the name would lead you to believe.
The loaf is also not very chocolatey. I shoulda checked the ingredients – it’s there – at a mere 8%. Sigh. Still, it should go nicely with a cup of tea.
Or not. This is very very sweet, has a strange slightly gritty texture, it’s difficult to cut a piece off the Blok, and the taste is not really of anything much. It reminds me a bit of a Halva I tried a year or so back, but it’s not one of those either. My friend the ingredients list explains… Sugar is the number 1 ingredient, followed by peanuts at 21%. Reading between the lines, sugar is about 50% of the contents. No wonder.
The only time I’d recommend this is for bush walkers (or ramblers if in the UK). Then you get your entire daily scroggin in a single package. One Blok should feed a whole troop of Boy Scouts.