We’ve had some unusual ingredients here @ChocolateMission over the years (Zotter’s Pink Coconut & Trout comes to mind), and today’s helping doesn’t sound like it would go amiss as a takeaway. The yellow and gold packaging for Mighty Fine’s Milk Chocolate with Curry & Chips does indeed look like the wallpaper you might find at an Indian restaurant; it is described as ‘an English classic with madras curry spices and crunchy salted chips’ and comes with a little ‘Did you know?’ trivia on the back.
From the front it looks like your standard chocolate bar, but turn over and you get something most peculiar: an uneven distribution of very skinny French fries, releasing a pungent salty, fried food aroma that you can smell from an arms length away. The smell would be pleasing in the right context, but disconcerting when mingled with chocolate. If you’re brave enough to take a step closer, however, you can smell aromatic tones of turmeric, coriander, cumin, and several other spices. When infused with the milk in the chocolate, it gives the impression of a creamier bar.
The first bite tastes like an average quality chocolate bar, but the spices creep up on you, and after a few seconds a fiery tickle hits the back of your throat. The fries contain so little potato that they are more akin to crisps than chips, and their flavour is so fleeting that I question the point of their inclusion. They do add a bit of crunchiness, but that takes away from the surprisingly smooth chocolate.
As someone who does not like chilli chocolate, I found the curry spices a pleasant alternative. The heat provides a bit of a kick, but is not overpowering. If Mighty Fine had purely stuck with the curry element, then I would consider it quite a successful bar; unfortunately they went for the novelty factor, which will draw in first time buyers, but is unlikely to attract repeat customers.