Do you know what makes me sad? When an overseas chocolate company sends the majority of its products to Australia but withholds the best (well, my favourite) flavours from our girt-by-sea shores.
Case in point? Green & Black’s, which despite selling almost its entire range of chocolate bars in mainstream supermarkets in Australia, has refused to send us its Espresso Dark Chocolate or the flavour I am about to review.
That makes me a Sad Panda.
Green & Black’s Milk Chocolate with Caramelised Peanuts and a Hint of Sea Salt
Before I’d gone so far as to unwrap this chocolate, I felt pretty sure that it was going to be a fun, if not fantastic, afternoon nibble. I say this not because I was overcome by the product’s marketing speak, but because a heady aroma of praline, toffee, and freshly-roasted peanuts emanated from the bar even through its layers of foil and paper wrapping.
Upon pulling the chocolate from its coverings, this aroma only intensified, thus ensuring that I could only stand to take a few photos before popping a square in my mouth.
My first taste of this brought the brightness of salt and the deep earthiness of well-roasted peanuts to the fore. Soon afterwards, the caramel tones of Green & Black’s milk chocolate slipped in, with this flavour progression ensuring that the sweetness was never cloying. I’ve had Green & Black’s Milk Chocolate with Almond before and found it nothing but dull, dull, dull; I’m now putting that down to its almonds being plain, whereas the peanuts here are encased in a crispy toffee and salt-flecked shell.
See? That ain’t no ordinary peanut. The peanuts are ridiculously crispy with nary a hint of staleness, and their caramelisation means that both panned sugar flavours and the savoury edge of nuts shine through.
I mightily enjoyed this chocolate, as the layering of flavours saved it from overwhelming sweetness (which is a definite issue with Green & Black’s Butterscotch bar). If only Lenotre’s disappointing creation had tasted more like this…