Whilst I was at the Speciality Fine Food Fair I was lucky enough to pick up some of Rhythm 108's new chocolate bars. Normally I don't gravitate massively towards 'health' chocolate, I buy chocolate if it tastes good, not if it's "gluten free", "organic", "vegan" and with "less sugar" (45% less Rhythm 108 are claiming) but when I stumbled across Rhythm 108 and tried a bit of the hazelnut bar they were sampling I was fairly impressed.
The first bar I'll be reviewing is this Super Coconut bar, a "deeelicious Swiss dark chocolate bar with oat and coconut filling", which I presume is meant to be the "healthier" alternative to a standard Bounty bar. The ingredients list is fairly simplistic - coconut flakes (30%), raw cane sugar, cacao butter, cacao mass, gluten free oat flour (10%), agave fibre and emulsified (sunflower lechitin) and upon opening you can definitely tell that the bar has a more "raw" cacao feel to it with less of a gloss and sheen on the bar.
Unfortunately upon opening I was met with one slight qualm, the bar is TINY compared to the packaging it had been put in, making up just over half, I would have preferred it had they either just packaged it in smaller packaging or made the bar a bit bigger, at least then I would have known what I was getting.
Cutting into the bar the coconut filling is definitely much denser and crumblier compared to a standard Bounty and I was really worried it was going to be dry and unappetising. Thankfully I was proven wrong, despite the drier texture I actually preferred it to Bounty due to eating as a solid mass meaning you don't get annoying bits of intrusive coconut that get stuck everywhere and I really enjoyed the addition of oats to the bar. In conjunction with this when eating it doesn't actually feel drying at all as the cacao coating is really rich and buttery, with a smooth, creamy melt.
Quite often with "health" bars they don't taste all that great but this was actually pretty good, it's not too bitter and has a really good level of sweetness. It's definitely a good bar if you're watching your sugar or carbohydrate intake with nutritional values of - 185kcal, 14g fat, 11g carbohydrates (8g) sugar and even 5g fibre! Would I go out and buy it often? Probably not as I don't think I'm necessarily the target customer but there's no denying that it tastes great and most definitely hits the spot if you're looking for a less sugary chocolate alternative.
Taste - 8.2/10 - Really tasty for a "healthy" chocolate bar, lovely coconut flavour and creamy dark chocolate. Well balanced.
Texture - 7.5/10 - The bar is quite solid, with little give to it, it might have been nicer had it been a bit softer but at least the filling was a lot more pleasant than Bounty without any obtrusive coconut pieces.
Appearance - 5.0/10 - The packaging and the bar itself are fine but the fact that the bar is so small for the wrapper it's in wasn't all that great.
Price - 7.3/10 - £1.39 for a bar is quite fairly priced I think.
Overall - 7.0/10 - A really tasty chocolate bar irrespective of whether it's a healthier alternative or not.
WHO FOR?This bar is targeted towards those who are looking for a lower sugar alternative and also those seeking "gluten free", "vegan"and "organic". However even if you're not necessarily looking for this in a chocolate bar it's still a really tasty alternative to mass market chocolate.
WHERE TO BUY?You can find details of all Rhythm 108 stockists here