I eat so very, very much chocolate, and have so very, very many pages of tasting notes stored on my computer, that I often discover half-written reviews of chocolate bars that I’d completely forgotten I ever partook in.
If a chocolate bar gets eaten in the woods, and nobody hears it, did it truly fall?
Choceur Peanut and Flakes Milk Chocolate
I believe I found this chocolate last year, during what may have been my only trip to Aldi. Like Amadei, Choceur isn’t afraid of promoting itself. This particular chocolate is proclaimed to be “deliciously crunchy” with “creamy milk chocolate” and “delicious fresh roasted peanuts and crunchy cornflakes”.
I can’t help thinking that someone in the marketing department could have put in a little more effort and come up with synonyms for “delicious” and “crunchy”, rather than repeating them both, but who am I to judge?
Hang on. I write a blog that is [at least partly] based on reviewing chocolate. I’m totally the one to judge.
As I took this rather hefty Choceur Milk Chocolate block out of its cardboard packaging, I breathed in an aroma strong in peanuts with hints of fudge and… something else, something sweet… ooh, yes! Got it! An ice cream shop, and waffle cones!
(The exclamation marks are direct from my tasting notes, I’ll have you know.)
I took a bite and the first thing to strike me wasn’t the taste but the texture, as the cornflakes were indeed crispity-crunchety and the peanuts firm. The cornflakes didn’t taste particularly corny (I’m trying to figure out a way to turn “corny” into a clever reference to “dad jokes”, but I’m struggling), but their savoury note was appreciated against the sweetness of the chocolate.
Despite the fact that the roasted peanuts comprised a significant proportion of this bar, their flavour didn’t take over. In fact, I was able to note such nuances in the chocolate as coconut, granola, sweetened condensed milk, and that distinct slightly-insipid chocolatey flavour that milk poured over a bowl of Cocoa Pops takes on after a minute or so.
I think you should know that I wasn’t allowed to eat Cocoa Pops as a kid, except once during family holidays. By “once”, I mean that there’d be one tiny box of Cocoa Pops in the variety pack of travel cereal that my family would buy for the week, and my brother and I would have to share it by going halvsies with it and the travel box of Rice Bubbles. But I digress.
Ultimately, I found some value in this Choceur Peanut and Flakes bar, primarily as a result of its balancing sweet-sweet-sweet milk chocolate with savoury-nutty-salty peanuts and cornflakes. Would I buy it again? Well, no. Partly because I like dark chocolate more, and partly because I almost never go to Aldi.
Question Time: Were you allowed Cocoa Pops (or a similar sugary cereal) as a kid?