Thorntons Dark Chocolate With Macadamia

Posted by in Chocolate Reviews on June 16 2009 | Leave A Comment
Thorntons Dark Chocolate With Macadamia

We’ve mentioned before how impressed we’ve been with the way Thorntons are moving forward – in fact, we discussed it in depth when we met their head chocolatier Keith Hurdman a few months ago.

If the experts are to believed, this particular chocolate may be one of the best so far as the box proudly displays its Academy of Chocolate Bronze Award. I had been quite keen to try it, and luckily it turned up in our goody bags at the awards ceremony. Yay!

Thorntons Dark Chocolate With Macadamia

The format of this block is the same as the other Thorntons square blocks, except this one has a gold wrapper emblazoned with the words “award winning”, rather than the usual clear plastic wrapper. It definitely looks more appetising wrapped in gold, so I guess Thorntons are just going to have to win a few more awards so they can repackage the rest of the range.

Thorntons Dark Chocolate With Macadamia

The chocolate here is a Dominican Republic 60% and it’s really rather delicious. It has a bright, fruity flavour that instantly reminded me of Amano’s 70% Madagascar bar. It’s not bitter at all and is the kind of thing I could happily eat all day.

The caramelised macadamias add an interesting flavour too. They have just a hint of sweetness and a touch of salt with a very slightly burnt flavour coming in at the end. They’re finely chopped, so there’s no large chunks to contend with and they add just the right amount of crispy, crunchy texture.

Thorntons Dark Chocolate With Macadamia

I can certainly see why this won an Academy of Chocolate award – it really is rather good – and the fact that it’s available somewhere as accessible as Thorntons means that anyone should be able to get their hands on it.

Having said that, I can’t see it in their online store and I’ve not checked out my local Thorntons lately. If you do find it, let us know. And also buy some – you won’t regret it.

Update: I’m told by Thorntons that this bar is being introduced over the next few weeks and should be in all Thorntons stores by the end of the month. So look out for it!


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Comments On This Post

  1. Maggie

    I don’t think you can go wrong with macadamia, and if you add a pinch of salt, it has to be good. I’ll keep my eyes open for this little bar!

  2. lottie

    Do you know if they’ll be releasing the milk “tonka bean” bar that won the silver? it sounds highly intriguing

  3. Dom (Chocablog Staff)

    Lottie: I do know, and the answer is “yes”. 🙂

    There’s 4 new bars being introduced, and the tonka bean is one of them.

  4. I am incredibly, utterly, completely and all-encompassingly jealous.

    Do Thorntons have any stores here in Australia?


  5. Maggie

    I went, I bought, I conquered 🙂
    The bar is simply delicious, the chocolate quite intense, but not overpowering, the salt just barely there. You don’t need much to feel satisfied.
    I bought the Tonka Bean bar, too, and the balsamic one (3 bars for £5 – who could resist an offer like this?) but haven’t tried them yet.

  6. Simon

    I’m in agreement here – very moreish little bar with a great combination of flavours. Easy to see why it garnered an award. I too am looking forward to the tonka bean bar.

  7. lottie

    Thanks for that! I have located and purchased a tonka bean, macademia and a “limited edition” strawberry, and am very smug. On the tonka bean at the moment, and it’s really lovely. The flavour isn’t too overpowering and the chocolate is obviously very high quality. Bravo Thorntons!
    I’m surprised these aren’t being advertised with much gusto, being award-winning and all that. The Thorntons brand hasn’t had so much prestige in a long while, so I would’ve thought they’d be making the most of it. Perhaps they want to get rid of the father’s day rush first. After all we are simple folk, and can’t take more than one line of advertising at a time 🙂

  8. lottie, I reviewed the Strawberry limited edition just last night! It should be published fairly soon. I won’t tell you what I thought of it yet but am interested in your opinion 😀

  9. george

    James are you the chocolate mission in disguise

  10. Cactusgirl

    Bought this and the tonka bean milk chocolate bar today. Very much enjoyed the macadamia bar but i think the tonka bar has the edge. It took a lot of self restraint not to finish it in one go but I’m proud to report I still have two squares left!

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