I had a friend who found a cute little ceramic pig in a shop. She bought it and proudly displayed it on a shelf in her room. And from that point on, she was the pig person. Birthdays, Christmas and pretty much any other occasion, she was given pigs. She didn’t particularly like pigs – it was just that one original pig she liked – but she was labelled from that point on and ended up with an impressive collection she didn’t really want.
Fortunately, I really, really like chocolate and so the fact that now everybody I know is giving me chocolate because of this blog isn’t really too much of a problem and I am very happy with the large box of chocolate that I’ve accumulated. In fact, it is kind of entertaining because people are trying to find the most unusual stuff to give me. Just like in the case of Werther’s Original Caramel Chocolate Dark with 42% Cacao.
Most people are familiar with Werther’s hard butterscotch candies, but they aren’t a name that immediately jumps to mind when it comes to chocolate. I think at one point they had chocolate covered butterscotch sweets, but these are a completely different and I didn’t know what to expect.
From the front of the bag, it became apparent that these were marbled chocolate and caramel although that didn’t really clear anything up because I was now imagining something chewy. The chocolates are an appealing oval shape – not too thick and right at the borderline between one and two bites. The marbling means that there’s no denying that these are pretty but unfortunately that just isn’t reflected in the taste at all. In fact, the taste is rather strange and just plain confusing. And definitely not chewy.
The caramel and chocolate fight it out right from the start, and neither of the flavours win out. They clash and it isn’t pretty. It turns out that the caramel is actually caramel flavoured white chocolate, so they are much sweeter than they should be and don’t even melt nicely. To be honest, alarm bells should have gone off when they described 42% chocolate as rich and dark but I never did expect the peculiar aftertaste that is neither chocolate nor caramel.
Definitely not recommended.