Earlier this year I had the idea of trying at least 52 different chocolate treats, one for each week of the year. Somehow or other this fine aim has been overlooked and I’ve been very remiss when it comes to chocolate consumption.
I was thinking about this as I wandered along the confectionery aisle of my local Tesco supermarket this morning, when a special offer caught my eye. Their Tesco Finest Swiss dark chocolate with peppermint was reduced from £1.50 to £1, suggesting that the time was ripe for trying it out.
Tesco do a range of Swiss chocolate bars, but I’ve always been slightly dubious about them. I think I assumed that the word ‘Swiss’ was included on the wrapper purely as an advertising gimmick, and I tend to think of Swiss chocolate as being too creamy and sweet for my taste. However, I do like the packaging on the range.
When I opened it up, the inside of the packet held two unexpected points of interest: the real reason for the bars being marketed as ‘Swiss’, and a little clock motif printed as a background.
The bars are in fact made in Switzerland, which is about as good a reason as I can think of for calling them Swiss.
The outside of the packet told me that the bar contained 5 servings. Inside, there were ten slim chunks, making two such chunks one serving.
I don’t know if this conditioned me to expect a particularly sweet taste, but I did find it to be sweeter than expected for dark chocolate. I would certainly agree that it had a refreshingly minty flavour, and it undoubtedly had a chocolatey taste, but it seemed to me that the sweetness outweighed the taste of cocoa.
To get a second opinion, I asked Delightful Assistant no.2 for his assistance. I gave him a piece of the bar and asked him to describe his impressions as he ate it. He chomped through it with his eyes closed, deep in concentration, and came up with the following words:
“Flavoursome, mellow, satisfying, slightly minty, creamy. I really enjoyed it and it’s certainly not bitter.”
He didn’t use the word ‘sweet’ but he did use the word ‘creamy’, which struck me as an unusual adjective to employ when describing dark chocolate. Perhaps the relatively low 55% cocoa solids would account for it.
Next I tried it out on Delightful Assistant no.2, and these were her thoughts:
“Pepperminty, smooth, about the right kind of sweetness. I feel it sort of sticks to my mouth.”
Like her spouse, she didn’t find it overly sweet.
All in all, I don’t regret splashing out £1 for this chocolate bar, but I’m not sure I’d buy it again. Making the most of the special offer, I purchased two other bars in the Swiss range, which have yet to be investigated.