December 1st: Niederegger Lubeck Marzipan Classic Dark Chocolate

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A really quite scary thing happened when I sat down to write this review. Midway through my second helping of this product I opened my inbox to find an e-mail from Chocolate Mission reader Justyna suggesting I review this bar .... what are the chances of that!? Anyway, Dean-German-Grocery were kind enough to send me across this dark chocolate variant from the Niederegger Marzipan range - those keen eyed chocolate-spotters amongst you may well have spotted the milk chocolate variant in Tesco recently!

Comprising of plain chocolate and marzipan (52%), this bar weighed in at 100.0g - this provided me with two plentiful servings. I liked the distinctive look of the red wrapping, its classy exterior look was replicated inside with the bar contained within a beautifully branded gold foil layer. The chocolate itself also looked fantastic. The chocolate had a slightly dusty looking surface, though a nice intricate logo was printed on each piece - the marzipan filling also appeared very generously portioned and very appetising. The product didn't have the most forthcoming of aromas, there were slight indicative hints of almond and dark chocolate, though they were not the most pronounced of scents.

I am not going to beat around the bush here - this was simply the greatest tasting marzipan I have ever had. To be honest the chocolate wasn't the greatest - although the 50% min solids indicated a strong chocolate in reality it was actually quite reserved. It had a nice smooth melt, but just really lacked defining flavours. It by no means ruined my overall enjoyment of the product whatsoever, though it would have been nice for the cocoa to have been more pronounced and forthcoming. The marzipan on the other hand was in a league of its own. I am no massive fan of the stuff, but this was exquisite. It avoided the crumbly, grainy texture of most, and actually had a nice moist smooth feel. The flavours were far less sugar based than other alternatives (Thorntons etc), and had an absolutely divine tasting buttery, almond taste. This bar was incredibly moreish, though 50.0g proved to be a highly satisfactory amount.

Overall despite the shortcomings of the plain chocolate, the marzipan filling made for an incredibly luxurious and enjoyable product. First things first - it looked the part!! Everything from wrapper to bar looked fantastic. The taste didn't let it down either; the plain chocolate wasn't up to much but the marzipan filling was absolutely outstanding. For marzipan fans I simply can't recommend this bar enough - it is the best I have ever tasted in this field. Even if your not a big fan of Marzipan I would really urge to give this a go ... it could well change your mind.

8.5 out of 10