How the heck could I misplace half a kilo of Hotel Chocolat Eton Mess slab? Well I did. I was sorting through my collection of chocolate and noticed this huge slab at the bottom. After looking at the Best Before date I realised it was 8th August. Well the great guys at Hotel Chocolat were kind enough to send it to me so why should I throw it away? That’d just be rude! So I thought it’d be a good idea to see how chocolate tastes over time.
Fine dark chocolate may actually improve with age if kept well, but what about white chocolate and what about white chocolate with bits of biscuit in it? From my point of view the biscuit did have a slight edge to it that didn’t taste as good as their biscuity bits in other chocolate that was within its Best Before date. But I wouldn’t say the degradation in quality over the six weeks that it’d gone “out of date” was all that noticeable – and certainly not in the rest of the bar.
There’s still a well-balanced sweetness from the strawberry and vanilla chocolate whist the meringue didn’t taste too bad either and I know this bar would have been absolutely perfect on those few hot days we had this summer. There’s only one good side to this mess-up on my side: I’m determined to buy some of their stuff to review and make it up to them.
And what’s more, my damn camera has stopped working. I think it must have been punishment from the chocolates for missing this best of this giant, fruity chocolate concoction. Maybe I’ll get to try a fresh one next year.
Obviously I can’t give it a rating, suffice to say I expect I would have thoroughly enjoyed it!