Ah another Eton Mess offering, it seems that this in the "in" thing for chocolate companies to create over the summer time, but I'm certainly not complaining as I normally love any chocolate remotely Eton Mess themed. The gorgeous fresh moussy fillings contrasting with the wonderful crunchy meringue encased in white chocolate they normally go down a treat.
Thornton's version, unlike Hotel Chocolat/Gorvett & Stone, is an Eton Mess Bar rather than a single chocolate, and consists of a strawberry mousse with a strawberry jam running through it complete with meringue pieces, coated in white chocolated and drizzled with pink stripes. Visually it looks very appealing, the mousse looked light and fluffy, the meringue pieces were evenly distributed and it seemed like it was going to be a pleasant bite.
It certainly had a lot to live up to, with Hotel Chocolat's Eton Mess chocolates being one of my favourites, but unfortunately Thornton's version just didn't do it for me, to be honest it really let me down and I didn't end up eating more than one bite of it due to the sheer sweetness.
The mousse filling wasn't smooth but more gritty and I felt that presence of the jam in the bar gave it an odd texture that wasn't really particularly pleasurable. All I got from the flavour from this bar was the over powering sweetness of sugar with the strawberry filling tasting extremely artificial and not fresh what so ever, this paired with the sickly white chocolate exterior was just too much for me and unfortunately this bar had to be sent to the bin to go to chocolate heaven.
Some of the Limited Edition Range that Thornton's have been working on seem to be pretty good but unfortunately this Eton Mess Bar just was far too sweet for me; if you have a HUGE sweet tooth then you'll probably be able to just stomach it but I'd certainly recommend brushing your teeth after wards!
Taste - 3/10 - Just far too sweet and artificial tasting unfortunately.
Texture - 5/10 - The dispersion of the meringue was good but the mousse was gritty and the jam I felt was just a bit odd.
Appearance - 7/10 - Visually the bar looked really pretty with the pink stripes decorating the bar.
Price - 7/10 - At 69p it's sort of your standard chocolate bar price and at least if you don't like it you feel that you haven't been robbed!
Overall - 5.5/10 - Compared to other Eton Mess chocolates available I feel that Thornton's just didn't really step up their game.
To have a look at Thornton's range you can visit their website at www.thorntons.co.uk