Marks & Spencer White Chocolate With Madagascan Vanilla

Kcal 576 Fat 37.6g Fat (sats) 23.1 Carbs 51.7g (per 100g)

Marks & Spencer is known for its great quality food and I consider myself great advocate. Everyone has their weak spots, however, and with M&S it is their chocolate. I remember trying a few of their luxurious looking products some time ago and not being at all impressed. Jim’s recent review of one of their white chocolate bars did nothing to improve my confidence. I could therefore only achieve a wincing smile, when my mum bought me two bars of Marks and Spencer’s White Chocolate With Madagascan Vanilla to replace the supply she previously demolished.

The 100g bar looks as splendid as everything else M&S; it brandishes a Fairtrade logo and elegantly patterned wrapper that suggests its associations with the ingredients’ country of origin. The chocolate looks just as stunning with its little black specks of vanilla. The small rectangular segments also pleased me, as it means you can have smaller portions. At least in theory. In practice, however, it is not quite so simple, as the segments do not break off at the joint, so you end up with uneven pieces and more than you wanted.

Since Marks advertises the Madagascan vanilla as one of the chocolate’s main features, I expected a stronger aroma and significantly stronger taste, but it was quite mild. I think this is because all the flavour is overwhelmed by the sheer sweetness of the white chocolate. From its sophisticated appearance to its beautifully thick creamy texture, you would think Marks & Spencer’s White Chocolate With Madagascan Vanilla was on course to be a winner, but it is far too sweet to be enjoyable; it scraped a passing score because of its ability to charm.

Presentation: 9
Aroma: 7
Taste: 5
Sustenance: 7.5
Texture: 8
Overall: 7.3