Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know by now how much I love anything praline/hazelnutty/nutella-esque. Chocolate + hazelnut is one of my favourite flavour combinations - I swear it will never get old, I could eat it all day long!
Being suitable for vegans this Vego Whole Hazelnut Chocolate Bar contains no milk/dairy products and is simply made up of sugar blended with cocoa mass, hazelnut paste, vanilla extract, soy lechitin and some whole hazelnuts added in to the bar for some extract texture + crunch!
I was hoping that this bar wasn't going to be too bitter/dark and lived up to expectations of tasting like Nutella in bar format and would live up to its milk including competitors! Opening up the bar you are hit with a delicious aroma creamy chocolate and hazelnut and the bar is really generously thick in shape with a good amount of whole hazelnuts dotted around the bar.
The texture is ultra creamy, smooth and melt in the mouth; whilst the taste, well the taste is utterly divine. In fact I would say it was one of the nicest hazelnut/chocolate products I've had in a long time - you certainly cannot tell that it isn't a 'milk' chocolate per se. The balance between sweet/nutty is perfect and is even better than Nutella would be in bar format purely due to the spotlight being given more to the cocoa/nut as opposed to sugar; having said that there is still a good level of sweetness there, so it doesn't feel like you are eating a bitter dark chocolate bar.
Whether you are vegan or not (I'm not and I know I would choose this bar again!) I would certainly recommend this bar if you are a Nutella/chocolate & hazelnut fan. It is indulgent, luxurious and extremely satisfying; the best vegan bar I've ever tried and high up there with other 'non-alternative' chocolate bars.
Taste - 9.3/10 - Heaven, perfect balance between nutty/sweet/cocoa.
Texture - 9.3/10 - Silky smooth, melt in the mouth, nice crunch from the hazelnuts.
Appearance - 9/10 - Good size bar, good smooth shiny chocolate.
Price - 7.5/10 - Either £2.05 for a 65g bar or £3.65 for a 150g bar from the Ethical Superstore.
Overall - 8.8/10 - An outstanding chocolate bar in its own right, whether vegan or not.
Vegan or not this should go down a hit with chocolate + nut lovers!
WHERE TO BUY?
I got mine from Ethical Superstore but there should be other retailers which sell it online also.