You may remember a month or so back I reviewed the Harry & David Moose Munch Milk Chocolate Bar, which earned itself a very credible 8.0 out of 10. These Moose Munch bars are Liz from **I SHOP 4 YOU II** favourite bars, and I must say given the success of the milk chocolate version I was looking forward to this dark variant. This dark variant included all the same fudge, popcorn, caramel and nut ingredients, just all coated in a 'rich dark chocolate'.
Weighing in at the same 56.0g this was yet another massively fulfilling bar. There was some partial blooming on the bar, though I decided not to penalise it for this due to the large distance and variable conditions the bar travelled to get to me. On the whole I still thought it was presented well, with a good standard wrapper and even a plastic tray included for protection. I was pretty disappointed by the smell of the product, it wasn't that it smelt bad ... it was just it had no real forthcoming scent at all ... never a good thing as it meant there was no growth of anticipation.
This bar seemed far more packed full of the nut, popcorn and fudge elements compared to the previous milk chocolate version I reviewed. To coin my own phrase, the dark chocolate was very 'mass consumer friendly' in it's flavours, it was nowhere near what I would describe as a massively cocoa intensive taste. It noticeably lacked sweetness in comparison to the milk chocolate variant, and was quite dominant in regard to the other flavours of the bar. The added elements seemed a bit more lost in the context of the dark chocolate, the popcorn in particular really struggled to establish a firm flavour base. Of course all the different elements added an wonderful array of textures ... the nuts were crunchy, popcorn fluffy and the caramel and fudge added a smoothness to the middle of the bar. The dark chocolate flavour lasted for a long time in the mouth and could be tasted for a long duration after eating the bar.
Overall this dark chocolate variant provided a largely satisfying experience, though I think it is marginally inferior to the milk chocolate variant. Despite the dark chocolate not being as intense as it possibly could have been, it was still largely dominant, and nullified the flavours of the nuts, popcorn, fudge and caramel just that little bit more in comparison to the milk chocolate bar. These added elements were better proportioned in this bar, though I think this is something that is somewhat mostly down to luck. If you get the chance to try the Moose Munch range it is one that comes with my recommendation - its not the highest scoring range by any means, but it is certainly a unique one and well worth trying.
7.8 out of 10
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