I’ll admit it – I’ve never heard of Yves Thuriès. A quick peek at his website assures me that he is a master chocolatier from the south west of France, and he apparently founded a Sugar Museum in his homeland too. But I bought this bar of chocolate because of the nibs. All that was visible through the cellophane window in the box was a very generous scattering of nibs and that was good enough for me.
There’s no denying that this is a very good looking bar of chocolate thanks to the caramelized nibs which are good enough to be satisfying all on their own. If Yves ever packages them in convenient little tubes for addicts to get their fix on the run, I’d be at the front of the line to buy them.
The chocolate is equally good, at a robust 70% cocoa solids with a large amount of cocoa butter which makes it remarkably smooth and not at all harsh. In fact, it probably wouldn’t have enough personality by itself and that makes it the perfect accompaniment for bursts of intense flavour that comes from the many, many nibs. A very good match indeed.
That said, the bar is a little pedestrian. Nothing very spectacular, but a perfectly adequate chocolate experience that I was more than happy to finish and a good alternative to the usual mainstream suspects. They really do need to sell those nibs separately though…