What I love about what Thorntons are doing with their blocks is matching interesting flavours with good quality chocolate. Far too often chocolate companies would lazily just go for product proliferation without adding anything intrinsicly new to the world of chocolate. Thorntons don’t. Instead they’ll try couverture from around the world and balance it with interesting flavours – as you’ll find if you tried this Limited Edition Backwell Tart Milk Chocolate Block.
To the best of my knowledge they don’t offer any other chocolate made with cacao from Costa Rica, so if you’re interested in trying chocolate from different origins then here’s another country to cross off your list. Many of you might think that you wouldn’t be able to actually taste the true nature of the chocolate given that its been adulterated by raspberry powder, biscuit and almond flavouring. You would be correct to a degree, but there is definitely a milky edge to it and does actually manage to carry some cacao-related acidity which gives it a less commercial flavour.
I’m actually a huge fan of Bakewell Tart, and although the traditional creation is significantly different from the stuff Mr Kipling creates, the Thorntons chocolate does engender a more realistic flavour. Part of me does feel there is some faux acidity from the raspberry flavour which combines with an intense sweetness part way through the melt, but its this aspect that I find incredibly adicitive – just as you’ll often find salt in sweet biscuits – it’s just incredibly moreish.
The texture is also delightful. The little pieces of those biscuits will drive you crazy as they combine incredibly well with the good milk chocolate – they may even get stuck in your teeth and act like raspberry seeds.
I know the traditionalists amongst us may turn up their noses at chocolate such as this, but in terms of a guilty treat where you just need a quick, sweet chocolate fix, at an affordable price then I can’t really can’t think of anything better.