Product Type: Marmite Chocolate
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Very Peculiar? Well quite nice really.
Marmite Very Peculiar Milk Chocolate Bar
Member Name: catsholiday
Marmite Very Peculiar Milk Chocolate Bar
Advantages: A novelty
Disadvantages: The price and an acquired taste
Marmite chocolate - Very Peculiar
HAPPY BIRTHDAY - WHAT CAN WE GET YOU?
It was my husband's birthday recently and one of our offspring added a bar of this chocolate to his present as he is a huge Marmite fan. I always have to have two jars of this black spread in my cupboard as we cannot run out of it EVER.
Every morning that we are at home this is hubby's breakfast, four slices of Marmite on toast and if our granddaughter is here she loves to steal some of Grandpa's toast too. I was brought up on Marmite and peanut butter as both these kept quite well in the tropical climate we enjoyed. My children were vegemite kids as we lived in Australia when they were younger but they are now converts to Marmite too.
I quite like it but rarely eat it as I enjoy fruit and a bran rich cereal for my breakfast but there is one time that I crave a nice piece of Marmite on toast and that is when we arrive back home after a long flight and all I want or feel like eating is Marmite on toast with a nice cup of tea.
In days gone past we used to have Japanese teachers to stay for a month every year in September. They were keen to share their culture and came loaded with gifts including lots of different (very different) foods which they presented to us. We thought we would reciprocate and share rather individual spread with them. Some loved it but one that we always laugh about made spitting noises and said 'Blaaaa! bad taste bad taste!' when given his slice of Marmite on toast.
Now you do realise that my husband will try anything in the interests of increasing his culinary knowledge and this even included those hideous 100 day old eggs which are black and look rotten that they sell in China and other Asian countries so Marmite chocolate is pretty tame in comparison.
THE CHOCOLATE BAR FROM OUTSIDE
The chocolate comes in a very smart looking dark brown cardboard cover, a bit like Green and Blacks chocolate but with a Marmite symbol at the top and the "Very Peculiar" under that. We are told to expect " A hint of Marmite indulgence, a perplexing treat that bewilders the taste buds." Inside the chocolate is wrapped in a yellow foil with Very Peculiar all over it.
THE SNIFF TEST
On opening the wrapper you can't really smell anything until you open the foil but if you then sniff the product the first smell that hits you is mild marmite with a sort of creamy aroma blending with that. It is not really chocolate like at all in the initial smell. If you had a blind smell test there is no way you would pick that this was a chocolate. It smells a bit like a child's hands after they have eaten Marmite on toast and cereal for breakfast.
The chocolate was dark but not as dark as plain chocolate and was thin , once again a bit like Green & Black's chocolate with large rectangular divisions rather than chunky with small blocks which Cadbury seems to favour.
FINALLY THE TASTE TEST
My husband as Birthday boy tried it first and his reaction was 'Actually it is surprisingly nice.' His description was it really just tastes like chocolate but after a while the saltiness cones through.
Daughter who gave the bar tried some and " god that is disgusting. It is just wrong, salty chocolate, no thanks."
Granddaughter saw her Mum's reaction and refused to try it. She is not mad fussed on chocolate anyway she would rather have sweeties any day.
My opinion is that it is actually quite nice. The immediate taste you get when popping a small piece in your mouth is of chocolate and then the saltiness does come through. I am not adverse to chocolate in savoury dishes as we eat a lot of Mexican food with dark chocolate in the meat dishes.
I have tried the different chilli chocolates that companies make; one is a lot hotter and more savoury that the other but they are novel. This comes into that same category; it is novel and makes a great unusual gift for anyone would likes Marmite.
The flavour combination comes through most obviously if you allow the small piece of chocolate to linger on your tongue and then you get the chocolate then the Marmite and it does exactly as the box says and it confuses the taste buds as you get a bit of each.
The Marmite flavour seems to be sort of trapped in the slightly grainy bits in the otherwise creamy and smooth chocolate which is probably why it hits you once the chocolate has had a chance to melt a bit in your mouth.
This is a luxury chocolate, the kind you eat one small piece at a time as it is quality chocolate and very rich. It isn't the sort of chocolate that you guzzle a whole bar of as I think if I did that I might feel very sick indeed.
WHAT IS IN THIS BAR?
In this 'Very Peculiar' chocolate you find milk chocolate with 31% cocoa solids and 20% milk solids. It has vanilla and also not surprisingly Marmite flavouring an amount of 2% but it also has onion powder, garlic powder, Marmite extract and celery flavouring so a lot of rather savoury ingredients go into this. Probably best not to look at this list and I am glad I looked at it after I ate my last piece.
WHERE CAN I BUY THIS?
Well as it is not a cheap bar; most places seem to sell it for at least £3 and it is sold in places like Robert Dyas (are there still any around?) Selfridges and Debenhams but there are several on Ebay and Amazon has had it in the past. Other sites like specialty gift sites also stock it but the postage does add a lot to the price. It does usually end up costing around the £3 mark but as it is most likey to be a novelty gift it isn't a bad price I suppose.
WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN?
I can't say this will be on my shopping list every week as there are many other delicious chocolate alternatives that are a lot cheaper but I would certainly buy it as a gift. I think I will try and find a couple of bars to take to the USA when we go in May as my son and his girl friend would certainly enjoy the novelty of trying it. I will also try and find a bar for my daughter in London's partner as he is a huge Marmite fan and this would make a nice gift for staying with them on the week end.
I think this is a novelty chocolate only and makes a perfect gift for the person you can't think what to buy so long as they like chocolate and marmite of course! It is about the same price as an expensive Birthday card so a perfect little additional novelty gift for any occasion.
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Summary: A novelty bar of chocolate for Marmite fans
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