“ Brand: Thorntons / Type: Fudge „
Thorntons is a peculiar shop. I go there with some regularity, but always tend to buy the same thing. Occasionally I'll branch out into a limited edition seasonal range, but it's very rare that I try something new from their standard collection, preferring to stick with what I know and love. That's why I'd not tried these bars before, but with the shop at work currently stocking them, I was tempted into trying one. The Vanilla Fudge Bar is 'luxurious milk and dark chocolate with a ribbon of caramel encased in a deliciously creamy fudge centre' which is a bit of a strange thing to get your head around, in particular how something can be encased in a centre - surely things normally encase a centre, rather than the other way around. This bar is quite small, which is reflected to some extended in its nutritional values - 190 calories, which is a little more than half that of a Yorkie. It's suitable for vegetarians but not vegans, and may contain nut traces. It looks like any other fancy chocolate from the outside, with milk chocolate criss-crossed with lines of dark chocolate, but inside it changes completely as you see the peachy fudge colour and the golden caramel. This is a sweet bar - it's sweetness encased in sweetness, encased in yet more sweetness, and it only gets away with it because it's so small. There are three distinct parts to it: working from the outside, the chocolate is smooth and silky, and has that 'high quality' taste to it, though it's quite a thin layer. The dark chocolate seems to be there more for appearance's sake than anything else, as it looks pretty but doesn't add much in the way of taste. This bit of the bar essentially tastes of pure, luscious milk chocolate. The next level down is the fudge, which makes up the majority of the bar, and is responsible for its chunkiness. It is smooth and soft, and less chewy or chalky than some fudges (e.g. the Cadbury Fudge) can be, but I also found it rather sickly. I'm used to chocolate bars rather than sweets, but because of the ratio of outer to inner on this one, it was more of a sweet than a chocolate. It's funny, because I do enjoy Mars bars, which have even more of a non-chocolate filling than these, but for some reason the fudge in the Thorntons bar and I really did not get on. I imagine this was the bit that was supposed to have a vanilla taste but I didn't detect this - it tasted synthetic but more like a general toffee than a specifically vanilla flavoured fudge. The final part is the caramel layer, which has been shot through the middle of the bar. This is very rich, but thick and not too sticky. On its own, I think it would have been quite nice, as it has a touch of saltiness to it that always goes well against a chocolate backdrop, but combined with the fudge I though the whole centre was a little over-powering and unpleasantly sweet. This bar has a lot of textures going on - the chocolate is thin, but you can sense it, the fudge is chunky and the caramel is smooth and a little runny. It was a bit too much for me: even though it's small, I think it would have worked better in a small, individual chocolate for a selection box, rather than a complete bar of the stuff. Even as I was half way through I was regretting buying it, and won't bother with it again. Back to the old faithfuls, it is... About 50p from lots of shops, not just Thorntons NB: This is a review of the chocolate and caramel fudge. From other reviews it appears Thorntons also have a pure fudge bar with the same name
One of my many weaknesses on the confectionery front is fudge. Not just any fudge though. I can't stand the cheap grainy sort. It has to be the creamy luxurious variety that is usually a little more expensive. A perfect example of this is Thorntons fudge bar with fresh clotted cream. This ticks all the boxes for me and is currently part of their five for £3 offer, so I have the handy excuse to buy a handful at a time. You only save 45p on this multi buy but still, 45p is better than nothing. In the small print on the back of the wrapper is the description "vanilla and clotted cream fudge bar" and there can be no mistaking the mouth watering smell of creamy vanilla. I could just sit and sniff the wrapper when I've eaten the bar because the smell lingers on as testament to the natural vanilla flavouring. For some strange reason Thorntons see fit not to advertise more prominently on the wrapper that the bar is vanilla flavoured although it is listed in the ingredients. The texture of this bar is just so dreamily smooth that it melts away in the mouth and fills it with the sweet flavour of vanilla fudge. Some may find it a little too sweet, 48.7g of sugars including glucose syrup, sorbitol and dextrose but that is the nature of the beast, fudge is after all mostly sugar. Arranged in tile squares, it easily breaks into small bite sized pieces and with a little willpower I do manage to eat one at a time as I find that this helps to make it last a little longer. All too soon all 70g has melted away and bang goes another 16.5g of fat onto my hips and another promise made to walk home from work for the next couple of nights. 350kcal are packed into this bar and it is certainly not for those seriously watching their diet but for the rest of us (who probably should be) in my opinion you won't find a smoother, creamier bar of fudge.
After my Weight Watchers meeting last week I decided I deserved a treat, I had to nip into Thorntons anyway to buy a birthday present for someone and while browsing their range of toffee and fudge I opted for a bar of Vanilla Fudge which looked absolutely delicious judging by the wrapper. And yes, it was delicious. The fudge is pure and unadulterated, it's not coated in chocolate as most of the Thorntons range is which to be honest was a relief for me as I tend to go against the general consensus when it comes to Thorntons chocolate and believe it's not actually as good as people think it is. Anyway, back to the fudge! It's a soft creamy colour and the bar is shaped into small segments, although to be honest the fudge doesn't necessarily break off in these segments so if you're the kind of person who likes their food to look neat and tidy then you will need to be rather careful when it comes to breaking a bit off. Personally I pulled the whole bar out of the wrapper and bit it as I frankly couldn't be bothered with trying to break it off into silly little pieces! The fudge is amazingly smooth and creamy, I personally love proper crumbly fudge but this smooth Thorntons variety is absolutely wonderful. It melts in my mouth even before I begin chewing it and is so moreish that I could have eaten two or three bars of this before feeling sick! The vanilla flavour is there but not as pronouned as I would have expected, it's quite subtle and comes through as more of an aftertaste than anything else. Mind you, this bar is so sweet that really any individual flavour would have a hard time getting through to my tastebuds. It's sweet in a lovely fudgy way and doesn't taste simply sugary as a lot of cheaper brands of fudge do, I can actually detect the cream in each mouthful which surprised me no end as even in brands which advertise their product as being made with cream I struggle to actually taste it over the sugar. I paid around 60p for this bar of fudge, which I think is an absolute bargain considering Thorntons charge roughly this for their smaller (but still very tasty) marzipan and cappuccino bars. I can't tell you the calories as a) I didn't keep the wrapper and b) I'd rather not know myself. I doubt it will be good news though!