January 20th: Conscious Chocolate Nicely Nutty

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My reviews of the Conscious range have seen me try some pretty tasty bars, with the Choca Mocha Magic a clear shinning star so far. Today I tried another variant from the 'sugar free, pesticide free, gluten free, raw and handmade' chocolate range - the 'Nicely Nutty'. This bar contained four different types of nuts - cashews, brazil, walnut and hazelnuts. Never before had I tried a bar that had dared to mix all four, so this was always going to be an interesting prospect.

I needn't tell you about my displeasure regarding the outer packaging - according to Emily at Conscious it is currently under redesign. The chocolate itself was relatively impressive looking, the nuts pieces although small appeared generously portioned throughout the bar. Again due to the soft nature of the chocolate, the product was messy to handle - this definitely isn't a range of chocolates you want to be eating on the move. Once again the smell of the bar was a real sell point for me. When the foil packaging was unwrapped a fantastic mixture of nutty, cocoa aromas were released - it smelt very tempting.

Having savoured the fantastic smell for a decent amount of time I decided to tuck into the bar, and was immediately struck by the strong nutty flavours. As I have aforementioned the nut pieces were small, but very well portioned. It was near impossible to tell what type of nuts the actual pieces contained by their aesthetics looks, though in the context of the taste they were very distinguishable indeed. Each of the blocks were awash with woody flavours from the hazelnuts, buttery flavours of the cashews, earthy flavours of the brazils and salty flavoured walnuts. My only slight criticism of the nut pieces were that as they were so small they did tend to get stuck in between my teeth. This was only a minor issue though, and on the whole the nuts combined fantastically with the balanced unsweetened cocoa flavours in what was a long lasting, enjoyable taste.

Overall this was one of the finest tasting chocolate and nut combinations I have tasted. In previous reviews I have alluded to the fact that I believe nuts are best implemented in a wholenut form (ala Ritter Sport Milk Whole Hazelnuts), well this bar completely blew that theory out the water. Even though the nut pieces were very finally chopped they delivered a wonderful strong set of distinct nutty flavours. The chocolate was as usual very tasty, if a little messy, and carried the nuts very well. This is yet another bar from the Conscious range I would really recommend.

8.3 out of 10