Kcal 250 Fat 17g Fat (sats) 11g Carbs 22g (per bar)

You know what is on the cards for today’s review don’t you? That’s right, it’s U-NO. Most people will associate this name with the popular card game UNO, while Harry Potter fans might think of U-No-Poo by Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. What we are looking at, however, is a chocolate bar, compliments of American Soda.

U-NO was first produced by the Cardinet Candy Company in the 1920s, but bought by Annabelle’s in 1978. My first reaction to U-NO is ‘what’s with the name?’ It does not seem to have any reasoning behind it or give any connotations of what you might be getting. For that you have to read the rather sketchy description: ‘Rich Creamy Chocolate’. It sounds pretty unoriginal and could be applied to a hundred other products on the market. I really think they missed a trick here, because not only does it fail to mention that it contains almonds, but it is also misleading, making readers think it is a solid bar.

The entire presentation overall is somewhat underwhelming; it has an unattractive shiny silver wrapper that looks like tin foil and the text font is reminiscent of one used for college jumpers brandishing their institution. Once unwrapped, the long narrow bar provides some visual interest with the mottled chocolate covering, but is quite dull in colour.

U-NO is quite a soft chocolate bar, and immediately broke into small chunks upon opening. This revealed the hidden treasure inside; rather than being solid chocolate, I discovered a pale truffle filling inside.

The ganache has the texture of a light, airy mousse, which increased in volume when you put it inside your mouth. Unlike the description of being ‘rich’, I found the cocoa had a mild flavour. What really makes U-NO stand out is the hint of salt that comes through. It starts off very subtly, but it gets stronger, and brings out an extra sweetness. The one thing I could not detect were the almonds, but to be honest, I do not think are needed anyway. U-NO is the classic example of not judging a book by its cover. I had low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised at just how good it tasted.

Presentation: 4
Aroma: 8
Taste: 7.5
Sustenance: 7.5
Texture: 8
Overall: 7