Cheese may be a slightly odd thing to put into a bar of chocolate, but it’s not quite as odd as bacon. And besides, some of us eat cheesecakes every day, so it can’t be that bad, right?
Still, Austrian chocolate maker Zotter clearly enjoy playing with flavours – and people’s minds – and I’m pleased to say this bar is no exception.
As you can see, the format of this bar is the same as the Bacon Bits bar – a thick slab with lots of filling and only a thin layer of dark chocolate.
The filling is a slightly odd colour for something that’s meant to be cheese. But it has a nice, soft, light cheesecake-like texture, and at first that’s just what it tastes like. But after a few seconds, the other flavours start to come through, including a subtle but noticeable cheesiness!
It’s a little bit of an odd experience at first, but after a couple of pieces, it starts to become really quite moreish. That’s when you start to notice some of the other flavours too. The fruitiness of raisins, the nuttiness of the walnuts a slight pepperiness; a quick glance at the ingredients reveals the presence of birds eye chilli in the mix. But there’s also apparently lemon concentrate, grappa and apple balsamic vinegar in there too.
So there’s quite a lot going on in this bar, but the flavours do seem to work with each other and against each other. The thin layer of 60% dark chocolate may not be the most sophisticated or flavour-rich chocolate in the world, but in a bar like this, it doesn’t need to be. It serves its purpose and holds the bar together in more ways than one.
I’ll certainly be looking out for this one again.