“ Brand: Montezumas / Type: Dark „
I love Montezuma's. For those unfamiliar, they are a luxury chocolate chain which have stores all over the south of the country. They specialise in the unusual with Chilli chocolate, chocolate flavoured with tabacco and even a curry inspired one! The shops are classy looking and everything is so tempting. They are always happy to give you a sample of something and I rarely come out empty handed.
During my last visit I discovered their range of chcolate fruit which are sold in little cardboard tubs. I bought some dark chocolate dusted dates for my mum for christmas and she adored them. This time I thought I'd treat myself. In this range their are ten different products-
dark dusted dates
dark grand marnier apricots
dark kirsch cherries
dark madeira prunes
I went for the dark madeira prunes as I recently have developed a new liking for prunes after convincing myself sor ages I didn't like them. It's well known that prunes are very good for you, especially for the digestive system, and a little dark chocolate isn't too bad for you either so I didin't feel too guilty eating these... until I tasted them. They are yummy but they are rather alcoholic! The description on the front of the tub is as follows-
"juicy prunes saturated in in madeira and enrobed in dark chocolate." On the back it goes on to say.. "Our prunes spend many weeks bathing in this superb subtle Madeira before we double coat them in dark chocolate."
I guess if I'd read those descriptions first I wouldn't have been so surprised at the alcohol content! They definately do what they say though. The chocolate coating is so thick it makes like a little shell for the prunes to sit in. As with all Montezuma's products, the chocolate is excellent quality (73% cocoa is stated on the packaging) and deliciously rich and bitter. The prunes is so tender and succulent and oozes with madeira. I really cannot fault these for taste and quality. The tub was very soon gone. Mmmm...
As with all of this company's products, this product is made in West Sussex which is stated on the box. The ingredients stated are pleasingly free of any additives -
Ingredients- Organic prunes, Organic dark chocolate (containing sugar and vanilla), Madeira.
Not stated on the packaging however is any nutritional information. (Perhaps it's better we don't know!)
All this taste and quality, as you may have guessed, comes at a price. A tub contains just 130g, or a handful of prunes and this is priced as £4.99. Having said that, the dates I bought before were on a 'buy one get one free' offer. I wouldn't pay this to eat this sort of product regularly. I think Montezuma's does offer the sort of unusual combinations you cannot get elsewhere however, and for that I think I would pay for an item that would catch my eye 'just to try it.'
Overall a great quality, unusual and incredibly tasty product. A little on the expensive side, but I guess you get what you pay for. One for the birthday list!