Having reunited my taste buds with the Tunnocks Milk Chocolate Caramel Wafer just the other day, Today I dug in to a bar from the Tunnock's range that I had never actually tried before. The Tunnock's Caramel Log follows much the same premise of the aforementioned Milk Chocolate Caramel Wafer - just the Caramel Log as you can see by the picture, is sprinkled with pieces of roasted coconut.
The Caramel Log is available in two different guises - in both multipack format and single impulse bar format. The only difference between the two is the packaging. To be honest I think the multipack packaging that you get in the supermarkets looks terrible - it looks likes the cheap, garish gold coloured wrapping paper you get in Woolworths around Christmas time. Luckily for Tunnocks I picked up one of the impulse bars. The packaging was very retro, with an awesome old school design printed on a paper based material. The inside of the paper was waxed meaning the bar was kept pleasantly fresh. I liked the look of the bar, the added coconut made it it look remarkably like the Zagnut bar they have in America. Despite the sealed nature of the wrapper, the product still lacked a telling aroma - offering little more than a minor sweet scent.
It was remarkable how a simple 2g sprinkle of roasted coconut changed the experience of this bar from the Milk Chocolate Caramel Wafer to the extent it did. The added coconut both added and detracted elements to both the overall taste and textures of the bar. The presence of the coconut to the outside of the bar further came at detriment to the already paper thin layer of chocolate, I could literally hardly taste the chocolate at all in this one. What the coconut did accentuate though were the bisuity flavours of the bar, which combined with the sweetness of the caramel was simply fantastic. The overall taste was more nutty than the wheatier Milk Chocolate Caramel Wafer. Obviously the roasted coconut added an extra crunchiness to the outside of the bar, however I could detect that the wafer was noticeably softer, and didn't quite retain the crispness of the Milk Chocolate Caramel Wafer bar. The culmination of all these factors meant that the Caramel Log was an equally satisfying snack, ideal for eating with an afternoon cup of tea.
Overall I really couldn't pin down a preference between this bar and the Milk Chocolate Caramel Wafer. The dilemma of which you should go for, if ever put in that position, should really be decided upon considering these trade-offs .... do I want a more wafer based product? or a biscuit based one? Do I want a nutty taste? or a slightly more chocolaty one? To be honest I have no real preference between the two, I would quite happily settle for either as a cure for my mid-afternoon munchies.
7.6 out of 10