Product Type: Asda Chocolate
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Have a Strawberry Moment
Asda White Chocolate with Strawberry
Member Name: CarolineR-D
Asda White Chocolate with Strawberry
Advantages: Good value, good flavour combination
Disadvantages: Looks a bit cheap, not good for your teeth
Although I'm not a huge fan of white chocolate, I do indulge occasionally when sugar cravings strike. I've found that I like it best when it is combined with other flavours. So it was that I decided to try Asda's White Chocolate with Strawberry Pieces. At just 50p for a 100g bar, it seemed like good value for a rather sophisticated-sounding confectionery item.
When I opened the wrapper, my first impressions were not too favourable. The chocolate bar was off-white with a pinkish hue and had a somewhat dusty rather than glossy appearance. It didn't look particularly inspiring and I was expecting it to taste like cake covering. Although smooth on top, the underside was rough in texture and you could clearly see the freeze dried strawberry pieces embedded in the chocolate bar. It reminded me of a Dairy Crunch bar with all the knobbly bits, except these knobbly bits were bright pink. Overall, it was a rather strange looking chocolate bar to behold. It almost looked like some kind of exfoliating bar from Lush with its bumpy surface. It didn't smell that appetising either. It had a sickly sweet, rich aroma which I presumed was the cocoa butter. It reminded me of a Caramac bar, without any smell of strawberries coming across.
Somewhat warily, I broke off a square of chocolate and popped it into my mouth. This is where things began to improve. As I ate this square of chocolate I found myself rotating it around in my mouth, alternating between the smoothness of one surface and the rugged, crunchiness of the other. The contrast in textures was rather enjoyable. The chocolate was voluptuously creamy and not gritty or powdery as it melted and the freeze dried strawberry pieces didn't feel too sharp to my tongue, but were light and crisp without being hard and overly chewy. I've heard people complain that eating freeze dried berries is like chewing cardboard, but that wasn't the case here. They didn't stick to my fillings or get lodged between my teeth. It was a bit like eating strawberry flavoured Rice Krispies encased in white chocolate. The chocolate was sweet and mellow with a buttery, vanilla taste but the tangy sharpness of the strawberry pieces counteracted the usual tooth-aching intensity which I have come to associate with white chocolate. I loved the way the freeze dried strawberry pieces hydrated in my mouth and released such a fruity flavour. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised how much I appreciated this white chocolate treat.
A 100g bar provides a whopping 548 calories but even I can't eat a whole bar on my own. One of the good things about white chocolate is that its richness means that you are likely to be satisfied with just a couple of squares. I was glad to see it contains no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat and is suitable for vegetarians but - let's not beat about the bush - it's a chocolate bar and it's not supposed to be virtuous. (And no, I'm sure you can't include the strawberries in your 5 a day!) Admittedly, white chocolate is probably the most unhealthy type of chocolate you can eat. I should also point out that this chocolate bar is not suitable for nut allergy sufferers or those intolerant to milk and soya.
Would I recommend it?
If you like white chocolate, definitely, yes. Even if you think you don't, you may find this is a combination that really works. The contrast between sweet/tangy and smooth/crisp reminded me of eating a summer fruit pavlova or Eton Mess. I like to have a cup of coffee with mine as this also helps detract from the cloying sweetness. I do have quite a sweet tooth and I accept that, even with the addition of the tart strawberries, this may be too sweet for some people. I certainly think that it tastes like something far more classy and expensive than a 50p Asda chocolate bar. I note that it contains cocoa butter as opposed to vegetable fat, which is found in some inferior brands of white chocolate, so it seems decent quality. I imagine that, if you wanted to, you could grate it over ice cream or vanilla yoghurt and it would probably be rather nice, although it's not something I've tried personally. It does leave your teeth feeling as if they've been coated in sugar though, so you may want to give them an extra good brushing when you've finished. I like it, but for the sake of my dental bills I don't intend to buy it too often.
Summary: An inexpensive sweet treat
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