William Curley Hazelnut & Raisin Caramel Bar

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William Curley Hazelnut & Raisin Caramel Bar

This odd little thing is part of William Curley’s Nostalgia Range; handmade recreations of childhood favourites, with much higher quality ingredients. We’ve already looked at Bounty, Marathon and Millionaire’s Shortbread. That’s Twix to you.

This one is, I assume, a recreation of a Cadbury Picnic. With hazelnut feullentine, sea-salt caramel and raisins, all enrobed in thick Amedei Toscano 70% chocolate. Some of my very favourite things.

I have to admit, that as a child, I was never particularly into the Picnic, preferring instead a Lion Bar of a Cadbury Fuse. It’s probably been 20 years since I had one, so it’s difficult to say how close to the original this comes.

What I can tell you is that it’s absolutely delicious.

William Curley Hazelnut & Raisin Caramel Bar

With a wonderful nutty crunch, fruity raisins and sweet carmel with a hint of salt, it’s incredibly satisfying. It’s only the rich, intense dark chocolate that reminds you that this isn’t something you should be scoffing down in two bites.

It really does bring back childhood memories, but it’s also a wonderful creation in its own right. The balance of flavours and textures work incredibly well. If it has one flaw, it’s that it’s quite small and even if you take your time with it, it’s gone all too quickly. And at £3.50 a pop, it’s a little more expensive than the original.

That said, as a special grown-up treat, it’s well worth the price. I still regularly buy the ‘Bounty’ bar, and I’ll definitely be buying more of this. Just as soon as I get my pocket money.

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