Like most British towns, we now have a Polish Shop (Polski Sklep for those who want to learn a little Polish) and of course it occurred to me that where there’s a specialist shop, there’s usually specialist chocolate. I wasn’t wrong – my local ‘Sklep’ has a good half dozen or more types of this – Wedel Milk Chocolate.
Spoiled for choice as I was, I plumped for the Cherry filled bar. Cherry bars are still fairly rare beasts, and I’m quite partial to cherries anyway, so it seemed like a good choice.
Now Poland isn’t a place you’d normally associate with great chocolate. On the contrary, my experiences of Polish confectionery (as supplied by Grandmother and Aunt over a number of years) have been uniformly disappointing, but I was prepared to put this all behind me and to approach this bar with a fresh attitude.
The bar itself looked fine, and smelled suitably cherry-like, if a little on the sugary side. A glance at the ingredients explained why – 11g of a 20g serving IS sugar. The chocolate itself is only 31% cocoa solids as well, so basically what we have here is a mixture of sugar and fats, with some creamy filling and a little cherry jam.
This might well appeal to those of you who love sweet sweets, but to my mind this was nothing more than over-sugared cheap, nasty chocolate. It’s a little like Cadbury’s Dairy Milk with extra sugar and a bit of jam and cream filling. There’s nothing particularly good about it, it doesn’t taste all that nice and from the look of the ingredients it isn’t that good for you either. Needless to say, I won’t be rushing back to the Sklep to sample any more Wedel Bars.