Niederegger Marizipan With Bittersweet Chocolate

Niederegger Marizipan With Bittersweet Chocolate

Like hello? I just LOVE marzipan so to combine it with dark chocolate was sure to be a hit with me! I suppose you want to hear some more about the bar? Well this is my first experience with Niederegger and I’ve let this one go past its Best Before Date – but you wouldn’t notice.

Ever since I was a child I’ve always loved almonds and marzipan would always get excited when I knew I’d be having cake that had marzipan icing. And nothing’s changed. There is one problem with marzipan, however. And that is that most people make it too sweet or combine it with other flavours that add to that sweetness so the end result is that you’re just over-come by that saccharin flavour. This bar doesn’t fall in to that trap.

Niederegger Marizipan With Bittersweet Chocolate

When I put the first piece to my nose I could tell the dark chocolate was pretty damn good. It had that dusty field-type nature. There was just no overly sweet notes and that got me even more excited. When I tried the next piece I got a flash back to one of the Zotter bars that I’ve reviewed in the past – and the texture is fairly similar too.

The mouth feel is great. Of course there’s a great deal of resistance and grittiness – but what could I really have expected as this is marzipan covered in fine dark chocolate.

Niederegger Marizipan With Bittersweet Chocolate

Even though the flavours were muted, there was still sufficient coming through to make the experience pleasurable. Often with chocolate the flavours build upon each other and become too much. But with this bar the flavours don’t hang around too much so don’t really accumulate. Also the flavours are fairly refreshing, but ultimately very enjoyable.

In the ten minutes it’s taken me to get this far, I’ve actually virtually finished off the bar. With some chocolates I’d be feeling sickly, but not this. Even though it is sweet, it certainly does lend itself to being a session chocolate bar.

Rating:
  • Taste: 85% – I loved it even though it is a departure from my usual chocolate reviews.
  • Texture: 75% – you can’t escape from the grittiness of the almond paste. When you bare that in mind, it offers a great mouth-feel.
  • Appearance: 70% – the bar has a typical Swiss / German feel that tries to be engaging, but just doesn’t hit the mark. Thankfully the appearance of the bar itself is great. You get nice sized chunks.
  • Nutritional Information: 70% – you get a good amount of information in a variety of languages.
  • Price: 90% – at £2.75 it’s a great price.
  • Overall: 78% – I’d certainly get some more when they come back in stock.

 

Nutritional Information:
  • Ingredients bittersweet chocolate, (cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, emulsifier: soya lecithins, natural flavouring: vanilla), almonds 30%, sugar, invert sugar syrup, alcohol.
  • 52% marzipan
  • 50% dark chocolate

 

Lee McCoy

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