I found this 100g bar of ‘Gardening’ milk chocolate by Bramble Foods at our local garden centre. I rather feel as though the decision to stock it was based on the name, rather than the taste.
The packaging was cute. It had a home-made feel about it, from the paper wrapping covered in gardening themed hand-painted objects to the sticky tape holding both that and the gold foil in place. The bar had a good weight to it and seemed quite thick.
As soon as I unwrapped a tiny corner, I knew that this chocolate wasn’t going to blow me away. It had the aroma of cheap chocolate: supermarket-own-brand-chocolate-coins sort of vibe. The segments snapped off satisfyingly enough, but for me, that’s where the satisfaction ended. The texture was a little waxy, and the taste was hard to describe. I tried to identify flavours with my limited tasting vocabulary, but could only muster ‘sweet’ and ‘plasticy’. It was really sweet, the sort of sweetness that sticks to your lips and stays at the back of your nose for quite a while.
But what do I know? When I asked hubs what he thought, he replied “it’s alright” and scoffed half the bar!
Bramble Foods Gardeners Milk Chocolate
I paid £1.99
Ingredients – sugar; cocoa butter; whole milk powder; cocoa mass; fat reduced cocoa powder; skimmed milk powder; whey powder (milk); cream powder (milk); lactose (milk); emulsifier (soy lecithin); natural vanilla flavouring
Chocolate contains cocoa solids 36% minimum, milk solids 15% minimum
Nutrition (per 100g) – 553kcal; 34g fat (21g saturates); 52g sugar