Well here's to the last review of 2017 and to many more delicious reviews in 2018! I hope everyone has had a great year - filled with delicious eats and chocolate snacks! The review today is one of the bars I was kindly sent out by The Belgian Chocolate Company, a company, funnily enough as the name would tell, specialising in producing Belgian chocolate.
All bars are made in Belgium using Forastero cocoa beans, conched for a longer period of time to give a smooth, delicate flavour and use 100% cocoa butter rather than bulking out the product with any additional fats. I was sent a milk, dark and white bar to try, with it being the white variety that I'll be reviewing today.
I love white chocolate and lemon together, yet it's not actually a flavour that you often see for sale. I was pleased to see that candied lemon pieces, along with a natural lemon flavouring had been used to achieve the lemon flavour.
On opening bar you are hit with a lovely sweet, dairy, lemon aroma, with little visible pieces of candied lemon dotted around the bar. The chocolate snapped with a clean, firm snap, as opposed to the waxier, softer texture that you often get with cheaper white chocolate that have been bulked out with vegetable fats; showing its superior quality of minimum 27% cocoa solids and 26% milk solids.
This superior quality most definitely came through on the eat, white chocolate can often be cloyingly sickly, sweet but this wasn't the case here. The chocolate was gorgeously smooth and rich with the perfect balance between creamy, dairy and a sharp, vibrant lemon tang. It was a match made in heaven. The texture was equally as good, smooth and melt in the mouth;
thankfully the candied lemon pieces didn't make the melt obtrusive and
broke down easily in the mouth.
Being my first experience of The Belgian Chocolate Company I was fairly impressed and look forward to trying their other bars.
Taste - 8.1/10 - Really well balanced, creamy, rich white chocolate with a lovely refreshing lemon tang.
Texture - 8.1/10 - Smooth, melt in the mouth.
Appearance - 7.0/10 - Fairly simplistic packaging, it reminded me a bit of Waitrose chocolate range.
Price - 7.0/10 - Priced at £2.25 for 85g it's affordable and think the price reflects the quality fairly.
Overall - 7.6/10 - A tasty, affordable white chocolate and lemon bar.
Lovers of fresher, lighter eating chocolates.
WHERE TO BUY?
The only details that are available on The Belgian Chocolate Company's website here are that they are available throughout a network of independent stockists.