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I can’t help feeling sheepish when I look back at this post about Chocolat Moderne’s Espresso Toffee chocolate. As much as the three separate shots of my chocolate-lovin’ visage beg to differ, I don’t really delight in taking photos of myself. What I do delight in, though, is reviewing another of Chocolat Moderne’s toffee-filled chocolates (and leaving my own face out of it).

Chocolat Moderne Lime Chocolate and Toffee Bar

Chocolat Moderne Lime Chocolate and Toffee Bar

Christmas colours!

Just like the Espresso Toffee bar before it, this lime-infused toffee creation is made with 65% Valrhona chocolate. Pleasingly dark and glossy in appearance, there was definitely a citrus tinge to the aroma, although I’m not sure I could pinpoint it specifically as lime. Upon breaking the chocolate up, I was happy to find the bar jam-packed with toffee chunks. I must admit that the toffee didn’t seem quite as crisp in this bar as it did in the Espresso chocolate, but that’s probably because I carted the Lime bar halfway across the world before eating it.

Chocolat Moderne Lime Toffee and Chocolate Bar

See? Not stingy with the toffee.

The lime flavour in this bar is pleasantly subtle and smooth, forming a light and tangy undertone to the buttery-caramel sweetness of the toffee pieces. The chocolate is equally enjoyable, melting easily on the tongue and contributing a deeper, darker edge to the bar’s sweetness. This Valrhona blend isn’t as complex or swoon-worthy as the Guanaja Grué, but its richness definitely indicates a high-quality chocolate.

Chocolat Moderne Lime Chocolate and Toffee Bar

Bear with me... whenever I see this photo, I think of The Land Before Time. Except instead of a scary swallowing-creatures-whole chasm, we're looking at a delicious chocolate chasm.

As you might be able to tell, I liked this chocolate but I wasn’t blown away. There was nothing untoward in the taste, and yet I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was having to work for the flavours. If I didn’t concentrate, this chocolate seemed to offer little more than a pleasant, unexciting sweetness. Every now and again, a big punch of lime juice or buttery toffee would surprise me, and in those moments I thought far more highly of this creation. For the most part, though, I’d rate Chocolat Moderne’s Espresso Toffee chocolate as more worthy of a repeat purchase than this Lime version.

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The past few chocolates reviewed on this blog have been more about additions  and intrigue than the quality of the chocolate itself. As you should know by now, I’m no single-origin-only-artisanal-get-that-extraneous-object-away-from-my-cacao snob. Curry and milk chocolate? Why not? Salt and Pepper dark chocolate? Absolutely. I’m an equal-opportunity chocolate fiend. Or friend. Friendly fiend? No matter. I’m sure you catch my drift. My rambling, easily distracted drift. Ooh, hang on a tick, I think I just saw something sparkly out of the corner of my eye…

Where was I? Ah, yes. I was talking about how I’m generally open to a range of different chocolate experiences. Well, folks, I’m here to tell you that sometimes it pays to be a chocolate snob. For, as the old saying goes, Discerning Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry [You Ate That].

Cadbury Old Gold Toffee Crunch Dark Chocolate

Cadbury Old Golf Toffee Crunch Dark Chocolate

It's New! And that's the most positive thing I have to say.

There is one word that encapsulates everything you need know about this chocolate. That word is sweet. Sweeeeeeeeeeeet. And not sweet in the “I just found a twenty dollar note on the pavement… sweet” way. Sweet in the “oh-holy-bucket-I-need-a-glass-of-water-and-a-packet-of-salt-and-vinegar-chips” way. In fact, this chocolate is so sweet that I was moved to write an acrostic about it:

So full of saccharine that it gives me the
Willies, because
Even the purported “dark”-ness of the chocolate is
Evidently a misnomer. Dear Cadbury,
Toffee was not your cleverest addition to an already cloying chocolate.

Cadbury Old Gold Toffee Crunch Dark Chocolate

Yes, this is a terrible photo, but in all honesty I didn't plan to blog this chocolate. I didn’t think I could write an entire post about something that is nothing but throat-searingly sweet... I should never doubt me again.

My tasting notes attest to how hard I struggled to pinpoint any flavour complexities in this chocolate. I thought the aroma was a bit like the patty-case toffees sold at school fetes… then I realised that such toffees are made of nothing but sugar and water. Then I thought that the chocolate itself had some honey notes… but really it was just burningly sweet.

Admittedly, the toffee parts reminded me of Crunchie bars… but Crunchies are, in all honesty, little else but sweet. This Cadbury Toffee Crunch bar didn’t even have discernible cocoa notes. Do you know what notes it did have?

Yep. Sugar notes. Sharp, sharp, sharp and unceasing sugar notes.

And do you want to know the most upsetting part about this chocolate and its unrelenting assault of sweet on my palate?

It led me to write an acrostic poem. An acrostic poem. The worst kind of poem there is.

I’m a broken shell of a woman.

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