In honour of Veganuary it seems only right to kick off the first review of the new year with this chocolate bar from Rhythm 108. However not only is it vegan, but it's also raw, organic and gluten free, with 46% less sugar than comparable products - it's certainly ticking a lot of the health trend boxes! Now I've mentioned before I don't buy chocolate for its health credentials but appreciate that others may be looking for alternatives, to me as long as it tastes good then it ticks the box!
Coated in Swiss Mylk chocolate the filling is a blend of oats and almond butter; however looking at the ingredients deck there are also hazelnuts in there, along with some sea salt.
My first qualm, as was the case when I reviewed the Super Coconut bar was the size of the bar vs the packaging it's in, upon opening you feel as if you've been undersold a bit, with the bar only being about half the size of the wrapper.
Cutting a section off the bar once again the filling is quite crumbly and a lot drier than I would expect a praline/nut type bar like this to be, unfortunately it's not melt in the mouth smooth. Whilst the outer chocolate coating is waxier than standard milk chocolate, most likely due to the higher addition of cacao butter to make up for the lack of milk in the product. However the addition of the oats and nut pieces made for a nice crunchy contrast and helped inject some life into the bar.
In terms of flavour it was pleasant enough, not overpoweringly sweet with a good balance between sweet/salty and nutty, with the sea salt adding a nice salty tang to the eat. However it didn't blow me away, I was left wanting slightly. I think because I know how good standard praline/nut bars can be I just felt the alternative didn't massively live up to expectations, that's not to say it's a bad product, it's certainly a viable alternative for anyone looking for a chocolate bar to suit their dietary needs, but the Super Coconut definitely impressed me more.
Taste - 5.6/10 - I just felt it lacked some 'oomph', it was slightly bland and compared to the often rich, indulgent eat of nut chocolate bars it just didn't live up to what I'm used to.
Texture - 5.4/10 - The filling was a bit dry/dense; however the nuts did add a nice crunchy element. The outer mylk chocolate was a tad waxy.
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 - 6.7/10 - £1.39 for this bar isn't bad I don't think and I definitely think it's a viable option for those seeking chocolate alternatives.
Overall - 5.7/10 - Although this bar didn't do it for me I do think there is definitely a customer out there who is seeking this kind of product that would enjoy it.
bar is targeted towards those who are looking for a lower sugar
alternative and also those seeking "gluten free", "vegan"and "organic".
WHERE TO BUY?
You can find details of all Rhythm 108 stockists here