I was at my local Vietnamese butcher the other day. The one that sells chocolate. Naturally. Polish chocolate. As you do.
Amongst my haul of sausages, steaks and chickens I just happened to accidentally stand in front of the chocolate shelves for a few minutes, and by sheer coincidence pick something up. And then quite unexpectedly it found its way to the counter to get paid for.
Gosh, what a surprise! Some more Polish chocolate found its way home. How ever could that have happened?
Today’s haul is “Platki Czekoladowe” – which means Chocolate Flakes.
As you can see from the inside of the packet, presentation ain’t a huge strong point. These are mass produced, and quite cheaply if the appearance is anything to go by.
We have a very thin wafer-style biscuit, coated on all sides in chocolate – hence the flake. At 43% cocoa solids, the chocolate is quite on the dark side. The aroma is not all that strong, and the chocolate layer is quite thin so that you don’t get a huge belt of flavour either. But what you get is quite pleasant. One is nowhere near enough. After eating one, a few more were needed to see if the initial impression was right or not. Did I say a few more? Well, actually about 6 or 10 more.
I then put these on the kitchen table to see what reaction they’d raise from the two teenage vultures. They treat some of the chocolate finds with a large degree of scepticism; not so this time. The remains of the pack were gobbled up, and oldest son even found time in a busy schedule of computer game playing to come and tell me: “Pretty good, those”.
That’s about my feeling too. Not the topmost quality you will ever find, but another of the cheap-and-cheerful products that you can scoff down very easily.