I'm a sucker for an unusual shaped chocolate product, which is why Zotter's Mitzi Blue range really caught my eye. Shaped in a disc format, often dotted with various mix ins, with a smaller disc in the middle, complete with eye catching colourful packaging, I always thought they looked like so much fun.
I browsed the range and to be honest quite a few caught my eye but it was this NutMix that really stood out, I mean it sounded ideal for my praline loving self - 'Hazelnut nougat & cashew nougat - Sweet exercise for the brain : Home-made hazelnut nougat, combined with milk chocolate, a cashew nougat Mini Mitzi in the centre, surrounded by plenty of delicately roasted hazelnuts and walnuts.'
The disc looked really appealing, generously studded with hazelnuts and walnuts with a smooth looking finishing on the chocolate, with easy to break off sectors. Now in terms of flavour I was expecting a really rich praline flavour, I hoped it would be like the innards of a Hotel Chocolat Dizzy Praline but in bar format. Almost like a disc of gianduja.
I snapped off around a 1/4 of the disc, including some of the cashew nougat centre, and took my first bite, letting it melt a bit. Hm. Although the melt was pretty good, smooth and enrobing, the flavour was just so muted. I didn't really get much nut at all, with the main flavour coming from the roasted walnuts on the outside (one nut I'm not particularly fond of I must add).
I tried the hazelnut section on its own - not a lot of flavour going on there, I then tried the cashew middle - even less flavour going on there. Now don't get me wrong there were subtle hints of hazelnut and cashew but it was all a bit diluted and insipid. Compared to a classic praline I'm afraid it was all a bit of an anticlimax and possibly a case of style over substance.
Taste - 3.5/10 - Really lacking in the nut flavour I desired.
Texture - 7.0/10 - Melt was smooth and nuts were crunchy.
Appearance - 8.0/10 - Visually it looked great.
Price - 5.0/10 - Priced at £2.99 for 65g.
Overall - 5.9/10 - Unfortunately a bit of a let down.
A fun looking bar that would probably make a good gift, just make sure not to give it to someone who is as critical of nut/praline flavoured things as me!
WHERE TO BUY?
Online from Zotter's store here.