Thorntons Dark Chocolate With Chilli

Posted by in Chocolate Reviews on February 17 2009 | Leave A Comment
Thorntons Dark Chocolate With Chilli

It’s quite common for readers to get in touch and suggest we review specific chocolates, but when two readers separately suggest the same chocolate with 24 hours of each other, then it’s probably time to give it a try.

So at Emma and Vanessa’s suggestion, I went out and bought this Chilli chocolate bar from my local Thorntons.

This is an 80g square bar, in the same format as Thornton’s Balsamic, Orange & Cardamom and Toffee bars.

Thorntons Dark Chocolate With Chilli

Of course, the best way to eat a bar like this is to break off a small chunk and let it melt slowly in your mouth. Unfortunately, the shape of the squares don’t make that particularly easy, but it can be made to break into nice bite-sized chunks with a little persuasion from a heavy blunt object.

This is a 66% dark chocolate from Mexico. The box describes the flavours as “complex”, but the first thing you notice is… well, not much at all. As it melts, the sweetness and fruitiness become more noticeable, but they’re still not particularly strong.

The chilli flavour is also quite subtle and takes a while to come through. When it does, you get more of a gentle warmth than a ‘kick’, and it’s actually quite pleasant. As a result, after initially finding this bar a bit bland, I started to find it more and more…. moreish… the more I had.

So, Emma and Vanessa, I’d recommend giving this one a go. There are certainly more creative – and hotter – spicy chocolates out there, but this is definitely worth giving a go. For chilli chocolate virgins, it’s a pleasant introduction that won’t blow your head off.


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  1. To be honest, I didn’t particularly like this one. A bit too, well, indifferent, if you ask me. As spicy chocolate goes, I’d rather recommend the Hotel Chocolat’s 72% with chilli and pink peppercorns (althoutgh I reckon this might be a bit too strong for those who’ve never tried a chilli choc before). Montezuma’s 73% chilli choc is almost equally delicious and not as punchy.

  2. Dom (Chocablog Staff)

    Maggie: I agree to some extent, but I know that at least one of the people that asked about this is new to chilli chocolate, and Thorntons are cheaper and more accessible than something like Hotel Chocolat.

    There’s not a lot to it, but I don’t think it’ll put people off chilli chocs either – as I said, I found it quite pleasant once I got into it.

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