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Some people, who don’t really know what they’re talking about, and should know better, are critical of Thornton’s and their chocolate. If chocolate isn’t made and sold by a select few artisan chocolatiers then nobody should buy it – well that’s their logic. The world isn’t perfect, some countries grow better cocoa than others, and even the beans themselves can vary greatly by type and terroir. The main thing that some industry commentators don’t realise is that everybody likes different types of chocolate. From my experience of reviewing chocolate for a number of years, and being an Academy of Chocolate judge, this dark chocolate Easter egg will be loved by a million or so of dark chocolate lovers across the country.
The chocolate itself tastes very much like a certain Belgian couverture (ready-made chocolate) producer. As such there’s no tear-enduing complexity of flavour, there’s no hints of tobacco and notes of leather bicycle seat (eek). But there is a good, solid, typical dark chocolate flavour that will appeal to the masses. Along with that slight bitterness is an under-current of sugar. I can taste it and I can feel it as it melts. On there is one advantage of this egg over others, that’s there no vegetable oil used in neither the egg nor the chocolates that accompany it.
The packaging does exclaim that it uses West African Forastero and Trinitario cocoa beans. West Africa, typically Ghana and Ivory Coast,¬†doesn’t produce fine flavour cocoa beans and Forastero also isn’t the most revered of cocoa bean types. Most people won’t know about that, just as much as they won’t really care. All that matters to them is that they like the chocolate, and I’m sure the people receiving this egg will enjoy it.
These chocolates include a dark duo, a crunchy praline, a Marc de Champagne truffle, a vanilla mousse, a Florida truffle, a chocolate truffle, a layered praline, a framboise ganache and a cafe noir – all pretty standard chocolates and nothing that stands out as original. But this egg isn’t for people that want to take risks. It’s an egg for people that you know love Thornton‚Äôs chocolates. There are no Stilton and port chocolates, none with red onion and know with other weird and wonderful flavours (personally I love them). An egg like that, with those artisan made chocolates will cost you ten times the price of this egg.
At Thornton’s you’ll pay just ¬£9.99 for this egg, and even less if you buy it on their 3 FOR 2 offer. And when 95% of dark chocolate fans will appreciate it, there’s not really much risk in buying it.