M&S Dark Chocolate Liquorice and Blackcurrant

Kcal 560 Fat 36.4g Fat (Sat 21.9g) Carbs 49.7g (per 100g)

Like the Butterscotch & Maple Syrup before it, Marks and Spencer’s Dark Chocolate Liquorice & Black comes in a no frills cardboard wrapping with foil seal. The burst of purple in the middle gives it that little bit of colour needed to bring it to life on the shelf, and makes the 52% cocoa contents stand out clearly.

The chocolate has a sweet fruity scent combined with the stronger aroma of liquorice. When I think of liquorice, what usually comes to mind is a soft chewy sweet, either as a black stick or various colours of Bassett allsorts. Since these cannot really be successfully inserted into chocolate, I thought it would be a smooth bar with aniseed extract or liquorice flavouring. I did not expect tiny pieces of crunchy liquorice to be hidden inside. This boiled sweet variant gave a distinctive texture; different from the kind you get with nuts or other ingredients. It provided the familiar flavour of liquorice, but sweeter and not quite as potent. The blackcurrant complemented the liquorice perfectly, giving the chocolate the satisfaction of a warming liqueur and both sour and salty notes.

Presentation: 8
Aroma: 7.5
Taste: 9
Sustenance: 7.5
Texture: 8.5
Overall: 8.1