Having seen Terry review these over at 'The Chocolate Review', I thought I would give the Tunnocks range a well deserved look over. Today I started with the 'Milk Chocolate Caramel Wafer Biscuit', which is exactly what it says on the tin!! I hadn't had one of these for years, though they were a huge childhood favourite of mine, I used to consume them by the truckload when I was a wee nipper.
The wrapper had a nice retro look, unsurprising really since these have been made since the 1890s!! It had a nice bright foil outer exterior, though had a paper based interior ... this may just be nostalgia but I really liked the format and use of the red and gold colours. The bar itself didn't seem to have changed one bit ... well since I can remember anyway! The chocolate layers appeared thin, though the caramel placed in between the wafer looked plentiful and appetising. The product had quite a weak sweet smell, I guess this wasn't helped by the lack of tightness of the wrapper ... the bar wasn't actually sealed, the paper wrapper was only folded to contain the bar within.
This is going to sound very silly but the bar tasted exactly how it looked. The milk chocolate coating was extremely thin, which meant that the cocoa flavours didn't have much of a say in the overall taste once the caramel and wafer elements came into play. As you all know I am no big fan of wafers, but the caramel placed in between, gave the one in this bar a far more substantial feel than the average. The wheaty flavours of the wafer were further accentuated by the sweetness of the caramel and provided a very biscuity, sweet taste. The chewiness of the caramel and crunchiness of the wafer provided some fantastic contrastive textures. Despite its relatively small size (30.0g), in comparison to some standard chocolate bars this felt like a more fulfilling snack.
Overall after eating this I remember why I used to eat these so often in my youth. There are some areas that could do with a little fine tuning - the chocolate for instance could do with being twice the thickness to give it more of a meaningful contribution to the taste. Saying this, I can see why Tunnock's wouldn't want to play with a recipe that is over 100 years old ... the mixture of the caramel and wafer is fantastic - as the saying goes ... why fix something that ain't broke!! Chances are you have consumed one of these in your lifetime ... if you haven't there are no excuses now!!
7.6 out of 10