I’ve now reviewed a huge selection of these Thorntons blocks such as the Salted Pistachio, the Strawberry and the Lightly Salted Macadamia and others. But now I step back into the realms of white chocolate following the white chocolate fruit bars I reviewed last month.
My problem is that I love dark chocolate and am partial to the odd bit of milk. White, it seems, only rarely gets a look in. Wanting to change that, I’m trying this Thorntons white chocolate bar with an open mind. The bar may look average with its simple cream colour which follows the usual block branding. But what I did like was when you open up the box and slide out the white, cellophane-encased slab your heart does skip, ever-so slightly. Whenever I open up a new chocolate bar I always wonder what it’d taste like, sometimes with trepidation, sometimes with expectation, but this time it was with hope. Hope that this would be a white chocolate bar that I actually really liked.
Unlike some white chocolate, the snap is firm. It certainly doesn’t feel like its overly creamy, soft and delicate. And this continues when you bite into it. There’s some good reisistance and it does melt wonderfully, It sort of turns into a chocolatey paste which excudes a luxurious feel.
The taste is very broad too but still has that creamy, white chocolate taste that they all seem to have, but with a bit more depth. There is the sugary after-taste which is just a bit too much for me, but it’ll be welcomed by white chocolate lovers. For me, white chocolate doesn’t have as many dimensions as dark, and sometimes milk chocolate as there’s less opportunity for the roasting and conching process to determine the flavours. This is white chocolate’s loss. Some chocolatiers counter this by adding a lot of un-natural stuff to give it a bit more pizzaz. But his bar has no artificial colours or flavours. It’s au natural as they say on the other side of Le Manche. This is to the bar’s credit.
Even though it can’t compare to a bar of Beschle, it does the job it sets out to do very well and did I really like it? Yes I did, but not as much as others would.