I’ve just come back from a lovely week at some cottages near Bala, Wales and thought I’d pop into the Cocoa chocolate shop in the town to see if they’ve got anything to match the wonderful creation of the Tipyn Bach chocolatiers from north Wales. Well there wasn’t a huge selection there, but I came out with a variety of Welsh chocolate and some other bars. The first I tried was this self-titled “Welsh Mountain Chocolate Bar”.
Obviously it’s not made out of Welsh Mountains, but I nearly chewed on some as I fell down one of them, but this is just a milk chocolate bar with Toblerone-style peaks that are very similar to the unordered formations you see in Snowdonia.
I could only find the milk chocolate bar, but there’s supposed to be a plain chocolate version to try. This option was very sweet indeed which wasn’t surprising as it has a minimum of 32% cocoa solids. Whilst the packaging doesn’t give the full ingredient list, one could safely presume that a fair proportion was actually sugar.
The texture is actually very velvety with a good amount of resistance. The creamy context adds a welcome distraction to the sugary overtones and brings all the different senses together.
I’m trying to place this alongside some other sweet milk chocolate which has very much of a whole milk powedery edge to it, but my memory fails me. This is no indication of failure on the part of the chocolate as it’s perfectly acceptable but offers nothing new and exciting. But what do you expect for 85p in the middle of nowhere?
Just a quick rating here: 53% – not bad, but nothing that will make me drive the 1hr 30mins to get some more.
NB: the bar was made by Gwynedd Confectioners and is supposed to depict the Welsh Mountains and hills: Snowdon, Foel Fras, Cader Idris, Foel Cwm Cerwyn, Brecon Beacons, Cader Fawr and Sugar Loaf Mountain.