Thursday, 8 April 2010

April 8th: Wonka Exceptionals Chocolate Waterfall Bar

Kcal 210 Fat 13.0g Fat(sats) 8.0g Carbs 23.0g (per 40.0g serving)

Despite Charlie and the Chocolate Factory being widely recognised as one of the most loved children's book of all time, the Wonka confectionery brand currently has a very limited presence here in the UK. Back in 2005 Nestle did seemingly bring the brand to UK shores for a brief period (See HERE), however those bars appear to be long gone. Conversely the brand in America is still quite strong, and recently three new flavours got introduced under a sub-brand named 'Exceptionals'. Luckily for me (and all you of course!!) my pals at Yankee Soda & Candy managed to obtain a limited stock (See HERE), and today I will be taking a look at the Chocolate Waterfall flavour. On pack the wrapper this chocolate was described as 'a combination of swirled milk and white chocolate' that was 'truly amazing, and made with all natural ingredients'.

One thing I can't fault Nestle for on these Wonka bars is attention to detail - this was not a 100.0g bar of chocolate .. oh no ... this was a 99.2g bar of chocolate :D As awful as my picture looks above (sorry!) the wrapper did actually look pretty cool, and appeared zany and distinctive enough to be believable that it had come from a factory of one Mr Wonka. Not to be outdone by it's foil exterior, the chocolate also looked damn sharp, with the swirled milk and white chocolate proving to be almost hypnotic with it's eye catching patterning. Once I had managed to snap out of my swirled chocolate trance, the forthcoming sweet dairy smells were the next thing to hit my senses, raising my anticipation even further.

Having never tasted Wonka chocolate before I was really unaware of what to expect. Would this be a company creating cheap chocolate to cash in on an idealistic brand name? Or would the quality of the product actually prove to be ok? Thankfully I can say it was more the latter, and it probably deserves more than just being labelled 'ok'. As you can see above the block sizes were a bit on the large side, but it was no real hassle breaking them into smaller pieces. When doing so the chocolate broke with a satisfying snap which is always a good thing as it indicates the chocolate is relatively fresh. Taste wise the chocolate was pretty unique in it's flavours, which is something I have to admit I wasn't expecting from a Nestle product as a lot of them tend to just taste the same. The chocolate was what I would describe as sweet, yet it never had a sugary sharpness, as a fudgey cocoa influence occupied the majority of the taste. From what I could detect the white chocolate influence came to the party in the form of some slightly yogurty, cream flavour bursts that were apparent every now and then in certain stages of the melt. Speaking of the textures the chocolate melted at a fine rate, and with a real softness and elegance that I would rank above that of your average mass produced chocolate. I didn't think this was the most satisfying of chocolates I have eaten, but this predominantly driven by the moreishness of the taste.

Overall this was a great first experience to have with the Wonka brand and it has really got me excited about trying the other two variants from the range. As you might have been able to tell above I did have some preconceived fears before tasting this chocolate that it might be a product that relies on it's brand name alone to generate interest. Having now tasted it I can confirm that the quality of the product very much matches up to the standards I was hoping for, and if I was to place the quality of the chocolate in the context of the total mass produced market I put it up there with the likes of Milka etc. I thought this Chocolate Waterfall bar was going to have a hard time living up to the excitement that the wrapper and overall presentation created, but I felt the chocolate more than held it's own. The taste wasn't as distinctive as the likes of Dairy Milk, but the smooth, fudge noted cocoa taste was certainly compelling enough to hold my interest. If you are after a second opinion why not check out Cybele's review on Candy Blog (See HERE). I personally really liked this bar, and would have it again in the future if given the chance - more Wonka chocolate coming next week!

8.0 out of 10


Fancy trying this bar for yourself? Buy it HERE

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