Kcal 547 Fat 35g Fat (Sat) 21g Carbs 50g (per 100g) - Sea Salt & Caramel 55%Kcal 554 Fat 39g Fat (Sat) 24g Carbs 39g (per 100g) – Orange 65%
More chocolate, but is it necessarily more love? Today we’ll be looking at two more bars from the Chocolate and Love Range, both of which feature classic flavour combinations we are all very familiar with. The reason why these flavours appear so frequently is because they are very popular, but at the same time, it makes us, the consumer all the more critical and comparative to other brands. So how do these two fair in the grand scheme of things?
Sea Salt & Caramel 55%
I really like the packaging designs by Chocolate and Love as you can really see that some thought has been put into it. In this bar, we are presented with an underwater image filled with seaweed. The bar has a mild cocoa aroma, but nothing distinctive. What is distinctive, however, is the very crunchy texture created by the hard caramel pieces. As with the Coffee bar, it states to allow the chocolate to melt, rather than chew, but that actually isn’t possible in this case; it is like trying not to chew a Fruit Pastel. Personally, I don’t find this a problem, as it quite enjoyable to crunch through the chocolate in this instance.
While the caramel pieces are a success, I found the chocolate far too salty, which gave the chocolate enhanced notes of sourness and made it rather lip puckering. It was just too overpowering and needs to be toned down a few notches.
I love the vibrant colour for the wrapping of this bar, which features a bee foraging on a half orange segment. The rich visual appearance is mirrored in the aroma of sweet Valencia (?) oranges. I was expecting a beautiful citrus tang, but there was no such experience from the dark chocolate because the orange flavour was far too subtle. The chocolate lacked any zesty sweetness and felt sticky in the mouth. The texture was one that swelled in the mouth and, while definitely filling, was also pretty sickly.
I am quite surprised that both these chocolate bars received ‘Great Taste’ awards, and the significance of such an accolade has now been diluted for me. I would quite happily eat the Sea Salt & Caramel again if given as a gift, but I would not be spending £3 on it. As for the Orange, I would have to say thanks, but no thanks on a second helping.