“ Brand: The Co-operative / Type: Milk „
I love chocolate and if I see a new product I have to try it. I live in a small town and our main supermarket is the Co-op and although being quite a large store they can be a little slow in getting the newer advertised products on the shelves. However, on a recent shopping expidition I found two new bars of chocolate from the Co-ops Truly Irresistible Fair Trade chocolate range, a dark chocolate with peppermint oil and a milk one with butterscotch. Well I had to try them both didn't I? My favourite by far was the one with Butterscotch so I had to review it!
At £1.50 for 100g, they aren't cheap, but as a Truly Irresistible product it's marketed to rival other higher end chocolate brands such as Lindt Excellence and Green & Blacks which retail more around the £2 mark. The packaging certainly gives it a 'posher' appeal, the outer sleeve is black cardboard with a shadowy photo of a few broken pieces of butterscotch. Apart from a squirly 'S' in the 'BUTTERSCOTCH' type, the print used is quite basic and could do with some work . The traffic light information is printed at the bottom, which ruins the look a bit and delights in telling me that the chocolate bar is VERY BAD, it's high in saturated fat and has 265 calories for half the bar. I'm not daft enough to buy chocolate thinking it will make me slim or be good for me, I buy it to fuel my addiction and this little warning isn't going to stop me from scoffing the whole bar. Anyway, there is another little sign on the pack telling me it's fairtrade (actually 72% fairtrade) so surely that evens it out a bit? More good news, it's suitable for vegetarians. Along with the usual ingredients (you might like to know it contains a minimum of 33% cocoa solids), contact info etc, the back of the pack gives more detail about the fairtrade side of things, which the Co-op are quite rightly really proud of as they were the first retailer to switch to fairtrade way back in 2000 and are also the only retailer to convert their whole range to fairtrade. Inside the cardboard, the chocolate is wrapped in thickish gold coloured paper continuing the luxury feel.
The bar is quite thin, about 5mm deep and is sectioned into 10 rectangles. For review purposes I took my time, got out my ruler and each rectangle measures 3.5mm x 4.2mm. Easy enough to fit a whole one in your mouth! The top of each piece is half smooth and half very slightly textured. The chocolate is quite smooth looking but on closer inspection I can see some tiny pieces in it a little bigger than a sugar grain. It tastes divine, the chocolate is creamy and melt in the mouth perfect but with a slightly stronger cocoa taste than Cadburys and the butterscotch is lovely, satisfyingly crunchy, sweet and a bit salty, it complements the chocolate perfectly. It doesn't stick to your teeth either, unlike Green & Blacks butterscotch variety. I love minty chocolate, and the other bar I bought with the peppermint oil was really nice, but this butterscotch bar was my definite favourite out of the two, I don't mind confessing that I hide my bars so I don't have to share!
Recommended? Definitely, if you are a chocoholic, you MUST try this!
Flavoured milk chocolate.