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.
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.
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.
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.