I’ve come to the conclusion that any bar of chocolate that comes in packaged in a golden box can only be pretentious – in that it tries hard to be something that it never will. And that leads me to this bar of Baratti e Milano Extra Fondente which I think I picked up in Portugal and have only just got around to leaving it. But after reviewing it, I wish I’d left it behind.
This only going to be a quick review as I really don’t like it. It tries to be a bitter chocolate and it succeeds in doing so, but that bitterness is so “thin” and artificial tasting that really is unpleasant against a similarly unpleasant artificial sweetness. In fact, it reminds me of the Canderel Dark Chocolate which I also got from Portugal, and was also pretty damn inedible.
I really do hope that Baratti e Milano aren’t fine, artisan Italian chocolatiers that I’ve never heard of before. But looking at their website, they don’t seem to know what they are, other than a Patisserie, a coffee bar, a restaurant, an ice cream maker or a bar – no mention of being chocolatiers, let alone great Italian chocolate makers.
How do I rate this bar? Well not all that well. It’s more edible than the Canderel, but still only deserves a 25% – and that’s being generous seeing as it was a touch out of date.