Sunday, 4 March 2012

Thorntons Lemon & Sea Salt Bar

When I first heard about Thornton's new Limited Edition bar, that forms part of their blocks range, I was slightly apprehensive as to what it would be like; consisting of 37% Costa Rican milk chocolate with a backdrop of lemon oil and Cornish sea salt I had a feeling that all that mish mash of flavours just wouldn't lend well on my palate.

Thorntons Lemon & Sea Salt

However I found myself not only eating the whole bar of chocolate but also my words as I actually came to really enjoy it, the higher cocoa percentage milk chocolate present here is a lot better than the likes you'll find in supermarkets and is much nicer than Thornton's regular 30% chocolate they use for moulding etc, not as sweet, it has subtle notes of toffee and caramel, that blend in perfectly with the light refreshing lemon tang that comes from the lemon oil.

There are not hints of artificial flavouring or chocolate that tastes of washing up liquid but just the right amount of lemon flavour, as the chocolate melts on your tongue this is what you're first hit with before the subtle sea salt twangs come through; I even found myself finding small bits of small sea salt throughout the bar, sometimes in chocolate bars this would put me off, but I found that the texture and flavour contrast in this chocolate just worked delightfully.

Thorntons Lemon & Sea Salt

I remember when it started to be the craze that everyone put salt into caramel and into chocolate, then all companies just seemed to hop onto the band wagon and I  wonder whether this could be a similar case and that Thornton's may be the first to delve into the citrus/salt side of things.

On starting this bar I was under the impression that I only wanted a couple of cubes of the stuff..10 minutes later and the whole bar was gone, I thoroughly enjoyed it and think that it's definitely a chocolate bar that shouldn't be judged on first sight; I think it may have been the nicest Thornton's product I've had in a while and it's good to see that Keith Hurdman is working his magic..hopefully it means that lots of other new delicious treats will be on their way soon!

Thorntons Lemon & Sea Salt

Taste - 8.2/10 - A complete surprise and extremely tasty and satisfying, the deep milk chocolate works superbly with the light refreshing lemon and the tangs of sea salt.
Texture - 8.3/10 - The smooth milk chocolate pairs well with the slight crunch of the sea salt.
Appearance - 7/10 - Looks lovely and partitioned into nice breakable chunks.
Price - 8.9/10 - Priced at only £1.79 this is so much better than other salted caramel chocolates that cost a whole lot more!
Overall - 8.1/10 - Keep these good'uns coming!
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WHO FOR?
Anyone wanting to try something a little bit different but still tasty.

WHERE TO BUY?

You can pick this up from any Thornton's shop or www.thorntons.co.uk

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