I do believe it’s been quite some time since my last chocolate review. For shame!
However, before you start thinking that Lack Of Chocolate Reviews = Lack Of Chocolate Eating, let me assure you that such is not the case. In fact, I have a rather special chocolate review post coming your way soon, courtesy of my BFF and our recent Melbourne Awesome Plan of Awesomeness.
First, though, I need to get through some of my chocolate notes from recent months. Shall we?
Whittaker’s Bittersweet Peanut Slab
I do believe this is the first time I’ve ever reviewed a chocolate by Whittaker’s, the well-known New Zealand chocolate company. This is largely to do with the fact that I rarely eat Whittaker’s chocolate (see the brilliant logic there? Amazing). Sure, the Whittaker’s website lists a myriad chocolate flavours that hypothetically float my boat, but most of the good-lookin’ ones aren’t available in Australia. Where’s my dark chocolate cocoa nib block, Whittaker’s? My dark chocolate caramel? I don’t want your stinking dark chocolate orange or milk chocolate almond. Whittaker’s, you’re doing me wrong.
That said, I couldn’t resist picking up this 50g “slab” when I saw it at Woolworths a few weeks ago, as I’ve never before seen a snack-size dark chocolate Whittaker’s on offer in Australia.
And, well, you know how I feel about peanuts.
(That is to say, I like them. Mostly when they take the form of peanut butter, but you can’t win ‘em all. Actually, in the case of Whittaker’s, I usually can’t win any [see above gripe about cocoa nib block].)
Where was I? Oh, yes. Time to stop waffling and start reviewing.
At only 47% cocoa solids (the same as Lindt’s Excellence range), this vegan Whittaker’s Bittersweet Peanut Slab was never going to be complex in its chocolate flavours. That said, the aesthetics of the bar appealed to me, with its chunky, solid appearance putting me in mind of a gold ingot. Plus, turning the chocolate over showcased a plethora of peanuts (they comprise 35%) seemingly trying to escape from the bar for want of space, and you know what that means, don’t you? This chocolate is so full of protein that it’s practically a balanced meal.
The aroma was strongly, richly chocolate-y, with subtle notes of maple syrup wafting through. With the first bite, my mouth was filled with the flavour of deeply roasted, crunchy, and savoury peanuts, with not a stale or insipid nut to be found.
With the nuts so generously packed into this bar, the chocolate at times acted more as a binder than a starring figure. Yet at the same time, it was rich enough in flavour to fill your senses with sweetness and create a rather pleasant overall experience of chocolate snacky nibbliness*.
The chocolate had slight blueberry notes but perhaps the strongest flavour, apart from a simple sweet chocolatiness, was vanilla. The vanilla amped up the sweetness of the bar whilst the roasted peanuts tempered it, thereby creating balance.
Would I have liked a bit of salt to complexify** the overall taste? Yes, yes I would have. But I would also like a Vitamix and the ability to not freak out when I see a mosquito inside my car, and neither of those things are likely to happen soon. Therefore I can live with no salt.
Gosh. Haven’t you missed these super serious and helpful chocolate reviews? I know I have.
* Totally a word. As is “frizzingled”, which refers to the way my hair looks after Canberra has been raining softly yet constantly all day.
** See above.