I was sent six bars to try and although I didn't get the chilli bar I'd hoped for, I received two others that contained this indispensable spice. I found the bars really interesting and great fun, but if subtlety is what you're after, these are probably not the ones for you. These flavours are strong and punchy and I loved them. The smooth couverture chocolate is mixed with the key ingredients in their natural state for added texture.
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When I was perusing the Paris Truffles website, the Thai satay bar was the first one that grabbed my attention. How very interesting. So when I found it was in the parcel of bars I received, I was delighted and it was the very first bar I tried.
This had an almost savoury scent that was indeed reminiscent of satay sauce. Salty peanut was the first flavour to make its presence felt, followed by the coconut and sesame. It was then the chilli decided to say hello and wow, it had a kick. Not one but two types of chilli in this bar. All this wrapped up in 35% milk chocolate which helpfully allays the chilli - just a little. As regular readers will know, I am a chilli fiend and am often disappointed at how mild some chilli chocolate can be. I was not disappointed with this bar, my mouth and throat glowed for quite some time. Not subtle, but totally moreish.
I am a fan of both figs and pistachios, so this was the second bar I tried. The first thing I did was breathe in the fruity aroma of figs that emanated enticingly from the packet. Then I broke off a piece and tasted. It was just right with a good balance of fig to salty pistachio, although the pistachios were a little too salty for my palate. The mild 64% dark chocolate showcased the flavours beautifully. A delicious Christmassy chocolate bar.
Thyme was the dominant flavour here, but I could certainly detect the others too. The rich dark chocolate had subtle violet overtones, a sensation enhanced by the crunchy candied violets. I didn't feel there was a need for salt in this bar. I was, however, heartened to find leaves of thyme contained within the chocolate - a nice authentic touch.
This bar had a strong zesty orange scent which livened up my tastebuds, even before it passed my lips. The chocolate was almost smooth and had a good snap. It tasted of real orange with bursts of tart passion fruit. As with the English Garden, I would have preferred this chocolate without salt - it really wasn't needed.
I think this was my favourite. Not too salty, and with a nice crunch from the chopped almonds punctuated with little bursts of toffee. The dark 60% chocolate was more noticeable for some reason and felt quite luxurious. It melded well with the caramel flavours. For some not entirely obvious reason, it reminded me of a sophisticated Snickers bar.
The only word to describe the scent of this bar is gorgeous. It's a seductive mix of rich chocolate and fruity raspberry that really had my mouth watering. It had a really good snap to it and was smoother than the other bars I tried, although it still had some bits in it. It had a nice level of heat, not nearly as powerful as the Satay bar, but there is no mistaking its presence. The raspberry and lime was a nice combination with neither flavour overwhelming the other, nor indeed, the chocolate. Really quite delicious.
Thanks to Paris Truffles for sending me some of their chocolate bars to try. I was not required to write a positive review and as always, all opinions are my own.
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