As I have mentioned previously, I am not being altogether successful with posting my adventures in the correct order. In keeping with this, I have a huge backlog of chocolates to review yet absolutely cannot wait to post about the deliciousness of [one of] last night’s chocolates.
Vestri Girone dei Golosi – Bianco Pistacchi: White Chocolate Bar with Pistachios
Oh. My. Heavens. Look, you all know by now that I’m a dark chocolate person. But when I do want something sweeter, I usually crave white rather than milk chocolate. In addition, I am helpless when faced with any intriguingly-flavoured or crazy-sounding chocolate bar, regardless of its base chocolate type.
I am also unable to resist anything with pistachios, yet I rarely come across a treat that allows the pistachio flavour to truly shine. More often than not, I’ll pick up a pistachio nougat, marzipan, or ice cream and be disappointed to taste little more than bland sweet with vague nuttiness.
This chocolate, my friends, this Girone dei Golosi/Bianco Pistacchi/White Chocolate with Pistachios (a mouthful in more ways than one) is another story. In fact, it’s the Anna Karenina to generic pistachio nougat’s Gossip Girl novels; it’s The Book Thief to fluoro-green pistachio ice cream’s LA Candy. I mean, just look at the colour of the chocolate, and the plethora of whole roasted pistachios studded throughout:
The muted green-beige colour comes from the inclusion of not only whole pistachios in the bar but pistachio paste in the chocolate itself. As soon as the aroma hits, you know you’re in for the essence, the epitome, of pistachio, and from the first nibble the complex blend of sweet chocolate offset by roasted, nutty, almost savoury pistachios is amazing. Yes, I’m pulling out the superlatives here, but it really was that good. Just look!
The texture is softer than pure chocolate, presumably from the pistachio paste. Good choice, Vestri. It melts in the mouth, almost like a cross between fudge and butter – at least until you hit (and you will hit, constantly) a roasted pistachio. These pistachios are very, very roasted – in fact, I think they’ve been taken absolutely as far as they could go before hitting the bitter stage, but this simply plays against the sweetness of white chocolate flawlessly.
Tasting this, I think the best and most accessible description I can come up with for the flavour is of Gianduja or Nutella made with pistachio and white chocolate instead of hazelnut and milk chocolate. The chocolate has some honey and spice notes, but let’s be honest here: it’s all about the pistachios…
It’s also about the please-don’t-end.