I can’t help but love the honesty of the following chocolate (or, to be more specific, of its name). Bovetti doesn’t try to trick us by proclaiming that its white chocolate is flavoured with violet. Oh no. Bovetti is keepin’ it real by telling the world, on the back of its packaging, that it uses “Violet Flavour Sugar Crystals”. Violet Flavour.
I think the world would be a better place if more people, places, and objects lived up to being “flavours”, i.e. replications, of real things rather than being real things themselves.
For example, we’d then have (and know clearly that we have):
Twilight: A Vampire Series with Literature Flavour!
Heidi Montag: Now With Human-ish-kinda-esque-scary-looking Flavour!
Bulla Light Cookies and Cream Ice Cream: With No Flavour At All!
After all, honesty is the best policy.
Bovetti White Chocolate with Violet Sugar
As someone with lactose intolerance, it amuses me inexorably when a white or milk chocolate doesn’t just include “milk powder” in its ingredients list, but goes so far as to specify “lactose”. Yes, Bovetti, I understand. This chocolate is going to make me feel ill. Please, don’t stop with the honesty now! We’re having so much fun with it!
Wait, let’s stick with the honesty for a bit longer. While the chocolate is simply made of sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, lactose, and vanilla, the sugar crystals include col.FDC red n°40, FDC blue n°1. Make of that what you will. All I know is that I had to go looking for the degree symbol to type that, which made me cranky.
Enough rambling now. I’ve reviewed several Bovetti chocolates on this blog so far, and while I haven’t always been blown away, I’ve found the flavours pleasant. This chocolate is a lovely creamy yellow colour, akin to pale butter. The violet flavour sugar crystals are sprinkled on top of the bar rather than throughout it, and the aroma is predominately just sweet, with hints of vanilla fudge.
Once again, I enjoyed this Bovetti White Chocolate with Violet Sugar without having my perceptions of the world turned upside down. The flavours definitely erred on the sweet side, but not throat-searingly so. The violet sugar tasted more like old-fashioned blueberry and blackberry boiled lollies than real violet, but, to be fair, there were occasional floral hints flickering at the edge of my awareness.
The white chocolate surprised me with its strong custard flavour, yet after checking my Bovetti White Chocolate with Raspberry Sugar review I was chuffed to find that the same flavour existed there. Hurrah for me! I do so love it when I get to feel like I maybe do know what I’m talking about, a little bit… The chocolate had a thick and smooth melt, almost fudgy in texture, and also had notes of vanilla ice cream, Jersey caramels, and vanilla milkshakes.
All in all, this was a nice rendition of a vanilla-tinted, sweetly-fruity, and uncomplicated white chocolate. I’d recommend it for the young and the young at heart… and for that old lady up the street who smells like potpourri.