I previously tried the 70% dark chocolate bar from The Chocolate Cafe and totally loved the aroma, flavour and texture. I’ve also got a couple of their unadulterated milk and white chocolate bars which I just haven’t managed to get to yet. But Paul sent over three more bars; a strawberry chocolate with a hint of black pepper, a 70% dark chocolate with mint and this one which is premium milk chocolate with honeycomb.
This is confession time. As a child the Crunchie bar was on my most favourite chocolate bars. Even younger it was the milky bar and afterwards it was the Yorkie. Hate me. My tastes have obviously been refined over times. But I still love honeycomb. It seems to offer a more rounded and characterful sweetness to chocolate and I much prefer it to caramel which seems to dominate chocolate and I can only enjoy it in small quantities.
All the self-made bars from the Chocolate Cafe they have a wonderful metallic splash underlaying the wrapper. The way this glistens in the sunlight seems to mimic how chocolate can taste different with every bite. Each nibble seems to offer something different – and that’s what I love about it.
When I opened up the wrapper it looked like it had slightly melted in the heat. In fact, the Strawberry bar had taken on an altogether different shape entirely. Here there was a slight tarnishing of the shine. It’s nothing to grumble about, there’s nothing they could have realistically done. And I’m sure most people wouldn’t even notice. On the other side the shine was intense; it actually reminded me of a Galaxy bar (thankfully it tasted a million times better!)
The aroma was sweet and was very much “milk chocolate” in nature with an ever-so slight vanilla edge. Some milk chocolate can either have an overpowering sweet or “whole milk powder” character, but thankfully it was mellow and appetising.
The flavour was very surprising. In fact, it was delightful. I’m generally a dark chocolate fan as milk can just be too sweet (also when I buy the best brands of chocolate I generally buy their dark chocolate versions). Here, the flavour isn’t overly sweet. You can pick up the honeycomb notes virtually instantly whilst the vanilla kicks in half way through and is transported via a very solid milk chocolate flavour all the way through.
It’s the little, almost microscopic honeycomb fragments that also offer an added dimension to the texture as well. The snap may be very good for milk chocolate, but there’s a good length to the melt. Ever-decreasing formations of the milk chocolate sort of move around your mouth with honeycomb fireworks shoot off as it does so.
I can’t remember the last time I actually liked a milk chocolate very much. I think it was the Paul A. Young Salted Caramel Bar, but for me the honeycomb was more palatable. That different sweet dimension adds more enjoyment for me.