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I'm a big fan of Chocolate, and always love trying something new . Some time ago, a friend of mine came to visit from Germany, and gave me some Zotter chocolate, which was lovely - the only problem being that havign tried it, I could never find it in the UK.
Today I found various Zotter bars at a deli in the city centre, including one called bacon bits . Always a sucker for the unusual, I paid £2.99 for my 70g bar, and left anticipating the first taste.
Yes, you did read correctly by the way - this bar does say bacon, 7.27% of the bar is pork crackling in fact, so this clearly is not suitable for vegetarians. It's dark chocolate with a nougat and pork crackling inside.
Taking off the paper sleeve that covered the foil, was impressed to see that inside were a ocupld of paragraphs on the importance of fair trade , as well as a paragraph that recommends letting the chocolate breathe at room temperature before nibbling a small piece - which is what it's been doing while I write this .
And whilst my chocolate is breathing, so am I, taking in the rich heavy smell of the (70% cocoa) dark chocolate.There are other smells I'm picking up, a slight smell of german gingerbread , which, having looked now at the ingredients, can perhaps be explained by there being cinnamon in the bar too . The very smell of it is making me think of christmas .
Time to stop sniffing and start nibbling I think. The bar itself does not come in chunks or anything that allows for easy breaking and sharing, its one solid bar with a slightly waved effect top surface. However, it was easy to break away a small pice to nibble, which reveals that the dark chocolate is a thin shell covering light fluffy caramel coloured nougat. I can neither see nor smell bacon initially, but biting into my little piece I am stunned by the flavours . My word, it's like a party in my mouth!
That bitter dark chocolate combines perfectly with the soft nougat, which is speckled with tiny pieces of hazelnut and a wonderful cinnamon flavour. There is a slight hint of something crunchy in the texture, which I would assume is the pork crackling, but it's not until you allow the chocolate and nougat mixture to melt away that you actually get the taste of the crackling . I'd say it's main purpuse in the bar is to add an interesting texture, and it does that wonderfully .
I can quite honestly say, without any exaggeration, that this is the most interesting and flavoursome chocolate bar I've had in a long time . I really think it's the whole mish mash of textures, coupled with the bitter dark chocolate and the evocative scent of cinnamon, but this bar just makes me feel like christmas has come early, both in taste and scent.
At 2.99 for a 70g bar, it could be argued that this is expensive . It's also hard to find in the UK . Nottingham residents may find a small selection of flavours at Deli-lah, near the Broadmarsh Centre, but people from outside Nottingham may have to order through the brand website at http://www.zotter.at/en/home.html.
I recommend Zotter chocolate wholeheartedly, and this bar in particular - it's the best thing I've tasted in ages, 5 stars!