I’m finally getting around to reviewing the Orange & Pistachio Dark Chocolate Bar I bought from the William Curley chocolate shop in late February – it was just still in date. And I’m glad about that after shelling a princely £8 for this 150gm bar. Part of me bought this bar because I thought it’d make a good photo, but the other part of me did it because I love pistachios and I do like candied fruit – the fact that they were set in dark chocolate helped too!
You’ve got to admit this is a fine looking chocolate bar? From a distance it did look like it had a slice of tomato on it. But as you get closer you’ll realise that there are two large slices of candied orange and a whole heap of salty pistachios on the top. In itself the pistachios can be a bit dry, but when you combine it with a very slightly sweet dark chocolate it creates a taste sensation that is very welcome.
I just love breaking off bits of chocolate, but when it comes to trying to select a piece with the candied orange on, it became a bit of a battle. Now I’m not 5st weakling – I do have fairly decent sized biceps, but even I found creating a mouth-sized piece a bit of an effort. I suppose the best way to approach this bar is just to be a little less delicate with it and just bite suitable pieces off?
It is these orange mouthfuls that I enjoyed the most. Most orange chocolate tastes false, but with a real orange taking the place of flavourings, you get the real character of the fruit. Whilst the candied nature softens the inherent acidity and makes it a pleasant experience.
These rounded flavours are also matched with a very enjoyable texture and you may be lucky enough to have a mouthful with all three of the constituent parts in one go. Here you’ll get the velvety texture of the chocolate, the chewiness of the orange and the crunch of the pistachio! Delightful!
Overall I think this is a fantastic bar that gets you involved and hands on with enjoying it. You must get some if you like fruity, unusual chocolate.