“ Brand: Trumpf „
Not so very long ago, I was rooting around in my local Aldi supermarket trying to find something both interesting and cheap, and I came across the Schogetten range of chocolate bars. Well, I say "bars", but in fact these things are composed of 18 individual chunks of chocolate arranged in a bar shape. (I'll stilll call it a bar in this review for the sake of convenience.) There are all sorts of flavours, ranging from the ordinary - such as plain chocolate or hazelnut - to the bizarre, and this Mango-Lassi variety is certainly at the far end of that spectrum!
Mango lassi itself is a yoghurt-based drink which hails from the Indian subcontinent. (You may remember the HSBC television advertisement in which lassi was being produced in washing machines!) I'm pretty sure I've never seen a chocolate bar with this flavour before, so into the unknown we go. " Filled milk chocolate with yogurt-mango-creamfilling" [sic] promises the wrapper, perhaps rather unpromisingly. The pack is unusual, being dominated by a large photo of the bar itself, plus a glass of the drink on which it claims to be based. Oh, and some pink stripes, for no adequately explored reason. Still, it only cost me 59p, so I can't complain too much.
Nutrition information is fairly unexciting, though I'm afraid that if you're a vegetarian this is as far as you're going to get, since I could find no evidence to the effect that this stuff contained no animal products. Obviously it also contains milk, as well as soya and nuts; it may also contain traces of gluten and egg, so really you need to be free from all the commoner food allergies to eat this. The 100 gram bar provides 549 kcal, which is a little bit high. The chocolate itself has 30% cocoa and 18% milk solids, which is unstartling, and - as the combination of manufacturer and supermarket would imply - it is made in Germany.
The bar's cardboard outer has glued tabs that are slightly more fiddly to open than is the norm with this sort of bar. Inside the cardboard is an inner layer of silver foil bearing the Trumpf and Schogetten names, and inside that is a white cardboard tray on which are the 18 separate chunks, laid out in a conventional 6x3 arrangement. The smell is surprisingly mango-like, sweet and fruity but without being overwhelmed by the chocolate. When you bite into a chunk, you find that the filling is a fairly bright orangey-yellow - the colour of the lassi, in fact, and something I can best describe as looking like the filling of orange Revels.
The taste is very sweet indeed. The mango taste is not quite as evident towards the front of your mouth, but in the back and around the throat it's really quite strong, with a "thick liquid" feel similar to that which you get after drinking a glass of real mango juice. This lingers in the aftertaste, which I enjoyed. The chocolate itself is nice and creamy, and coats itself satisfyingly around the inside of your mouth in the approved manner. Because it's so sweet it's unlikely that you'll want to eat more than a few chunks in one go, but if you're feeling adventurous and are after something a little bit different then this is well worth considering.
Schogetten is a brand of German chocolate you can find in Aldi in the UK. It's unusual in its design because while it looks like you're getting a bar of the stuff, when you open the cardboard and peel back the foil you're left with 18 individual cubes (per 100g standard pack) already broken up for you, with no real 'bar' as such.
I have tried this brand before and found it ok, but nothing special - the flavours include your general milk and dark chocolate, plus some fancier ones like Straciatella and caramel. They all taste reasonable, but are quite forgettable, and I don't think I've ever had the same flavour more than once, and only then just to try. However I spotted this new flavour in Dubai and was intrigued - Mango Lassi, or a Mango Yogurt filling was something I'd not seen, or imagined, as a chocolate centre before. Unfortunately we didn't get the chance to try it over there, so when I then saw it back home I had to get some.
Normally I like bog standard chocolate flavours - alpine milk being a favourite - or, when I'm trying something different, I'll often go all out and opt for extreme flavours like chilli or garlic. Middle of the road fruit flavours - raspberry, strawberry and the like - don't normally appeal, but I am a big fan of chocolate with a plain yogurt flavoured filling (especially Ritter Sport's) so thought I would give this one a shot. I am thrilled I did, because this is one of the most delicious chocolates I've tried this year so far...
As with all Schogetten flavours, each piece is about 2cm square with slightly sloping sides and a star imprint on top. The pieces fit neatly into the cardboard packet when they're all there, but take a few out and they do rather slip and slide all over the place, losing their neat column/row formation. They're nice to offer round to people as you don't have to fuss about breaking off pieces - that's already done for you (and builds in portion control, so friends can't help themselves to an extra big chunk...)
The Mango Lassi flavour cubes have an extremely strong, though not unpleasant smell. The scent is fruity and a little tropical, and immediately made me want to try them to see if they tasted as good as they smelt. Biting in (the squares are just about big enough for you to get two bites out of each) I was hit by the tangy, fruity flavour. I've never eaten Mango, but if this is what it tastes like, then I really should get round to trying it (or at the very least, Mango yogurt). The flavour is very sweet, almost like a fruity sherbet, but not sickly though it clearly has a healthy helping of added sugar. Checking the ingredients, I found that in addition to mango fruit powder (a mere 2% of the product) it also contains hazelnut, though this is in no way evident in the flavour or texture (and only really important for those with nut allergies).
The mango yogurt filling is thick, smooth and creamy, with just a hint of fluffy mousse texture to it. It's quite an alarmingly bright orange colour (they use paprika extract to get it so), and is similar to an orange Aero though obviously without the bubbles. This filling is encased in a thin layer of smooth, creamy milk chocolate, which complements the fruity centre beautifully, helping to balance the everso slightly tart flavour of the yogurt. The chocolate is just thick enough to cover the centre evenly without letting any bits escape, but is not so thick you can bite it off (like you can the chocolate off the wafer in a KitKat). Normally I would suggest that more chocolate would improve a product like this, but the yogurt centre is so yummy I am quite happy to sacrifice the former in favour of the latter. Quite simply, it's *that* good
I'm not normally someone who pulls out the purple prose to wax lyrical about gastronomic experiences, but I'll make an exception for this product, since the squares literally taste like a beautiful, tropical summer in your mouth. I couldn't get enough of it, and the pack lasted next to no time.
The design is the only thing I would change about this, and it's something generic to the brand, not specific to this flavour. While having small, pre-formed pieces can be handy, it can also be dangerous as every time you pass an open packet, you can grab just one or two. That's how I ended up eating a pack of this without really noticing. When you don't have to snap off a row or two as you do with normal large bars, it's a bit too easy to indulge mindlessly. It's a shame, because this flavour is scrummy, but I can't buy it all that often simply because a pack would disappear before I'd even realised. Each square may only contain 30 calories, but scoff the whole pack and you can be 549 calories and 34g fat worse off without noticing.
Schogetten costs about 60p per 100g and is available in all branches of Aldi I've ever been in, though is not one of their own-brands. This means it may be on offer elsewhere too, but from my experience it's not readily available in places like Tesco and Sainsburys. This specific flavour is also a fairly new addition to my local branch.
Highly recommended for a chocolate that is a little bit different, though dangerously moreish.