What’s your favourite chocolate bar? Topic? Kitkat? Starbar? Mars Bar? Bounty? There are so many to choose from yet we all have favourites and we all know what we like when it comes to chocolate bars.
I really love chocolate and can happily eat 2-3 squares of it and leave the rest for another time or day; although there are those days when I can demolish an entire ginormous bar in 10 minutes! You will always find chocolate of some kind in my home, usually in the pantry but always most definitely in the freezer.
I was delighted to receive a package of five chocolate bars from The Grown Up Chocolate Company to sample.
The first thing you notice is their packaging and their slogans – ‘Reminiscent of the bars we ate as children but reimagined for Grown Ups’ and ‘Not for little Monsters’. Their chocolate comes in two separate bars, in a box with each box featuring a child and the words ‘Nice try kid, but it’s not for you!’ next to it.
It’s quirky and I like the thought of indulging in a premium chocolate bar that either kids wouldn’t enjoy nor appreciate or a product that parents would deem too upmarket to waste on their children. I like it. It appeals to me.
So lets start the taste test with the Super Salted Peanut Caramel Chocolate Bar. It promises two bars of sumptuous salted caramel enveloping a row of peanuts on a bed of peanut praline encased in luxury milk chocolate.
Verdict : Reminded me a little of a Lion Bar. The peanuts and peanut taste was evident, the salted caramel came through although it could have done with more of it and the chocolate was definitely a high quality chocolate. I give it 4/5.
Next the Crunchy Praline Chocolate Wonder Bar. This promises caramelised wafer enticingly slathered in sumptuous praline encased in real milk chocolate.
Verdict : A favourite in the TartanSpoon home. I managed a bite of this one before it was whipped away by my partner. The chocolate is a nice thick layer and you actually feel yourself biting through chocolate. Praline was lovely. I give it a 4/5 and my partner 5/5.
Onto the one with coconut; the Glorious Coconut Hocus Pocus Chocolate Bar. This promises creamy coconut ganache luxuriantly topped with an indulgent fruit and nut jumble, enrobed in decadent milk chocolate.
Verdict : this is a strange one. I love coconut and a big fan of a Bounty Bar. The first bite into this is quite hard and dense on the coconut front. You can taste the fruit and nuts and its not overly sweet. This was the one bar that was left, but the more bites I had of it, the more I enjoyed it. I give it a 3/5 but possibly 4/5 if I bought it again.
Onto the naughty one; the Very Naughty Nutty Nougat. It promises a creamy layer of white chocolate nougat enveloping rows of whole roasted hazelnuts and covered with a layer of buttery caramel and hazelnuts all encased in milk chocolate.
Verdict : This was joyful. The caramel was heavenly and together with the nougat it was all really rich and you knew it would all end up on your hips but you really didn’t care. I give it 5/5.
And lastly, the mouthful; the Crunchy Crispy Toffee Trilogy Chocolate Bar. This promises a crunchy case of luxury milk chocolate and rice puffs, a middle of gooey caramel topped with white chocolate biscuit pearls and enrobed in milk chocolate.
Verdict : Yum! Yum! Yum! My favourite and this time my partner didn’t manage to get one bite. This is like a Starbar. It’s got everything in the right proportions. The caramel goo, the crispy crunch and the sweet luxury chocolate. I give it 6/5.
Some say we like chocolate because it tastes nice but I think we like chocolate because it conjures up memories of childhood. It reminds us what we were like as children, when we used sweets and chocolates as bargaining and trade items; they are the first things we learnt to buy as children.
The Grown Up Chocolate Company do what they say – they produce indulgent and decadent chocolates. They produce several different bars of chocolates, truffle/praline/chocolate cups, gift sets, gift vouchers and you can also make your own bars choosing the type of chocolate, to the ingredients to the wrapper design.
The Grown Up Chocolate Company bars are mostly only available at BP Connect Service Station shops across Scotland, but the easiest way is to order them online. I highly recommend them and will definitely be eating many more of these in the future.
The Grown Up Chocolate Company, Tel : 01279 430 293 www.thegrownupchocolatecompany.co.uk