So, we’ve had some hits and some misses with Thorntons, and some chocolates that fall in between. Which side of this multi-dimensional fence will today’s (or, you know, a fortnight ago’s) flavours fall on?
Thorntons Dark Chocolate with Wild Blueberry and Raspberry
Oh, Thorntons. Why did you do it? Why did you succumb to the chocolate-as-miracle-heal-all gimmick? Don’t you know that we chocolate lovers just want to love our chocolate in our own way, without having to think about the effects our chocolate-lovin’ might be having on our inwards-bits? See, by talking up this chocolate as if it were spectacularly healthy, by extension you’re implying that other kinds are not.
And I refuse to believe that. Chocolate makes me happy -> stress kills -> ergo chocolate of any kind will prolong my life.
But enough about that. What did it taste like? Mostly, it tasted the way it smelt: like fake berry flavouring, the kind you find in those el-cheapo fruit roll-ups with the plastic-y consistency that somehow both melt and stick to your teeth. (I always wanted to find those in my lunch-box as a child, and never ever ever ever did. Yes I’m looking at you, Mother Who Broke My Kiddly-Wink Heart.)
The mistake Thorntons made here, in my opinion, is that they mixed sugared blueberries (fine) into raspberry-flavoured chocolate (not fine). If this had been a nice plain dark chocolate with both types of dried berries in it, I think it might have worked. Instead, the chocolate is overly sweet in a cough-medicine way, and tastes like so many fake fruit lollies that I can’t pinpoint precisely what I’m reminded of. Twizzlers? Sour Straps without the sour? Those individually wrapped fruit-and-cream chewy lollies found in ye olden day milk bars?
I don’t know. And I don’t really care. Because a) I didn’t much like it, and b) two squares were purported to “make me feel great”, yet I ate all 16 in one night and still got hit with that horrible cold. Hmph.
Thorntons Dark Chocolate with Mint
Once again, though, Thorntons redeemed itself with another flavour. Admittedly, this chocolate is not mind-bogglingly good, but chocolate and mint is a classic combination and Thorntons pulls it off.
From the first taste I’m taken back to Mint Slices and the fondant-filled after dinner mints we used to get with coffee at restaurants in Australia. (Not that I ever had coffee as a kid, but I’d sometimes pinch my Mum’s. So maybe I’ll forgive her for the fruit roll-up thing.)
I enjoyed the textural contrast that the mint-flavoured sugar crystals contributed to the experience, and was greatly pleased that the chocolate itself was just chocolate, not “mint-infused chocolate” or somesuch ridiculousness.
Thorntons produced a pleasantly minty, cooling, refreshing, and uncomplicated chocolate in this bar. It may not up my antioxi-flavanols or what-have-you, but I don’t mind – at least it tasted good.