We all have those chocolate bars that we look back to with fond memories as a child; mine were Wispa Caramel/Wispa Mint - I remember every Friday night going to the petrol station with my Mam to pick one up as a Friday night treat.
William Curley's Nostalgia Range has been out for quite some time now, but I just haven't had the chance to review any properly, he too obviously has chocolate bars that he holds with fond memories; however rather than just reminiscing about the past he has created his own "adult/up market versions" of classic treats.
I actually received 3 different items of the Nostalgia Range as a present for my birthday from a family member; they all came neatly wrapped in see-through polythene and a lovely gift card. The first one I decided to tuck into was this Millionaire's Shortbread tribute.
So what makes these more "adult-like" I hear you ask. Well firstly they are all coated in a deep Amedei dark chocolate, giving the bar a richer more sophisticated feel. The Millionaire's shortbread is coated in Toscano 66%. Underneath the thick chocolate coating lies an all butter shortbread biscuit base and a sea salt caramel. Not your typical Millionaire's shortbread.
The result. Delightful. If you don't appreciate your darker chocolates then you're probably not going to be a huge fan of this as you can definitely tell this isn't your run of the mill sweet milk chocolate biscuit offering. The Amedei Toscano dark chocolate covering offers a deep, rich almost fruity note to the whole bar, whilst the sea salt caramel injects a lovely tang against the buttery shortbread base.
The caramel is smooth, flowing and gooey - everything I could want for in a caramel; and truly shows off what a Millionaire's shortbread should be like...or in this day and age and with this level of sophistication should I say Billionaire's Shortbread?
Taste - 7.4/10 - Rich & sumptuous. For those that appreciate darker chocolates.
Texture - 8.4/10 - Thick & satisfying, the shortbread isn't drying and the caramel is smooth.
Appearance - 6.4/10 - Unassuming but classy finished with a small gold decoration.
Price - 6.8/10 - At £3.50 this may be more expensive than the simple pack of Millionaire's shortbread you may pick up at the supermarket but you'd probably pay in the region of this at a cafe for something that is no where near as good.
Overall - 7.2/10 - A richer, classier take on a classic tea time treat.
I can see this being appealing to those of an older generation or those who don't possess as big of a sweet tooth.
WHERE TO BUY?From William Curley's store in Belgravia, London or online at here.