Take pity on my poor little sister. She’s living in Germany and pining, dreaming, of Cadbury Coconut Rough. Without thinking, I said “No problem, that’s available in EVERY supermarket in Australia, I’ll post some to you”. Foolish words.
Searching high and low reveals a problem: The giant Cadbury machine does still make and sell the famous Coconut Rough. In New Zealand. And Ireland. Drat. No help at all here. From a quick check on Mr Google and the Internet, I found I can buy it, but the postage to Australia will cost more than the block of chocolate. I was not brave enough to try for the postage to Germany.
All this leads me to do a Jeremy Clarkson, and ponder: “How hard can it be?” (to make your own). I think I have a method of making it figured out, I was getting all enthused about trying it, and then the Lady Of The House came home with a mini-block of Whittakers Toasted Coconut Slab. So I’ll leave the kitchen experiment for another day.
Onward then, to the Whittakers, which as you can see is a mini-slab. Whittakers make decisions of choice easy: they sell small blocks of 50 grams, and HUGE blocks of 250 grams. Trying the small before the large seems a good way to go.
As you can see, when they say it’s a slab, they mean it. I’d been thinking maybe this could be 3 or 4 squares or small segments, but no. Whittakers seem to have the same approach to their small slab as their large: Industrial Strength Big Brutes!
Opening the pack led to great anticipation: the first whiff on opening screams COCONUT in big fat capitals. We’re off to a promising start. This is a soft milk chocolate – getting it out of the pack for the photo was a bit of a challenge, it would have been easy to push great ugly finger-prints in. This does help, though, in cutting a piece off – and seeing what the inside is like.
The ingredients list the toasted coconut as 18%, and looking at the cross-section, you can see they aren’t fooling around. The knife, cutting through, makes a strange crunchy noise. That’s coconut we’re cutting.
The taste matches the smell: soft, sweet, and lots of coconut. That coconut is nice and crunchy as well, so you get a decent texture to it. I cut the mini-slab into a few pieces and passed it around. The family are unanimous: Pretty Good. The Lady Of The House is most impressed.
After we’d tried a few pieces, I left half the slab on the kitchen table, where the two young masters discovered it. And it gradually got smaller and smaller during the afternoon.
For the coconut fans out there: this is pretty good. Now to send a kilo or two to little sis.