Artisan du Chocolat Lumi Milk Chocolate Bar

Artisan du Chocolat Lumi Milk Chocolate Bar

I must admit I didn’t like this Artisan du Chocolate Lumi Milk Chocolate Bar all that much when I first tasted it. But that’s because I didn’t give it time. This bar is designed, I believe, to be enjoyed with small nibbles – nibbles that you savour and let settle before your go for any more. Unfortunately I didn’t do that for the first view minutes.

Artisan du Chocolat Lumi Milk Chocolate Bar

The reason I didn’t get it was that I didn’t read Gerrard’s tasting notes before I dove in. I generally don’t like to read the tasting notes as I feel they’ll influence my thoughts, but on this occasion I should have. The reason I should have is that I didn’t have a clue what a “lumi” was. Well they are, to quote Gerrard, “ripe limes boiled in salt water and sun-dried”. And those flavours that are most noticeable about this bar.

Artisan du Chocolat Lumi Milk Chocolate Bar

I’m used to acidic flavours in dark chocolate but less so in milk chocolate. The flavours are of an intensely fruity nature and also carries the slight saltiness. I think this bar is an acquired taste, but a wonderful one at that.

Artisan du Chocolat Lumi Milk Chocolate Bar

I’m too used to milk chocolate that’s created to be knocked back, created in the same vein as the mass-market confectioners. This bar is not for those that like a bar of Dairy Milk with their Boots meal deal, it a bar for adventurous milk chocolate fans that like to try something different.

What’s more, the big boy confectionary has no soul to me, whereas this bar is handmade on a small scale and that special feeling is just missing in the unimaginative bars. But that’s not to say there isn’t a downside to it. There is a strange milky edge to most of the Artisan du Chocolat milk chocolate bars which is a world away from the sweetness and oily nature that those who are used to confectionary my night appreciate. Perhaps the absence of palm oil will confuse some people.

It’s the frame-of-mind that I’m in. I always think milk chocolate should be sweet – my problem.

Rating:
  • Taste: 75% – I’m firmly in the dark chocolate camp so it’s difficult for me to generally get enthused about milk chocolate, but this actually made me reconsider my views about milk chocolate and introduced me to something completely different,
  • Texture: 70% – I don’t know how milk chocolate can be great given the traditional reference points of confectionary. Also the bar is very thin which doesn’t give it as much scope to be fulfilling texture-wise as a nice, thick bar of dark chocolate.
  • Appearance: 70% – classic box style
  • Nutritional Information: 75% – a nice bit of “freehand” information and ingredients.
  • Price: 80% – at £2.75 for 45g it’s well worth trying to give something different a go.
  • Overall: 74% – I’m definitely glad I tried it.

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Nutritional Information:
  • Ingredients: cane sugar, whole milk powder, cocoa butter, cocoa beans, lumi, soya lecithin
  • May contain traces of nuts, sesame and soya lecithin

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