Truly Chocolates kindly sent me over a sample of their own blend of milk chocolate to review this week. Now normally, I’m not the kind of guy who gets ‘turned on’ by plain old chocolate. When I’m looking at chocolate bars in a shop, I tend to very rarely choose regular Dairy Milk/Galaxy/Yorkie bars; instead plumping for the more adventurous stuff on offer.
Truly Chocolates No Added Sugar Milk Chocolate
The thing which interested me about Truly Chocolates’ product though, was that it contains no added sugar. I’ve never tried milk chocolate (or any chocolate for that matter) which had no added sugar, so I was very intrigued to see how the flavour and texture was changed and affected.
As you’ll see below, the sample chocolate came in well portioned and attractive pieces. I liked the shape of the chocolate too- for whatever reason, I’ve always thought that chocolate has a more pleasing melt when the top surface is curved. Flat chocolate just doesn’t melt in the same way. Answers on a postcard for whether there is science behind that or whether it’s just me…
After opening up the foil covering, the immediate scent was of deep chocolate. More mainstream (and with added sugar bars) tend to have more of a sweet and milky scent, so already this was a change. Make no mistake; this bar smells like cocoa-ey (yeah, I’m making up words I think) chocolate. The colour was undoubtedly of milk chocolate though, so I didn’t have any fears about this being overly bitter for a milk bar.
So, thoughts on my first taste of a no added sugar bar. Well, the melt was slow and smooth which was a good start. It is fair to say that Truly Chocolates have got the melt and texture nailed in my opinion.
The flavour itself was nice too. The first taste was very much of a deep and strong chocolate. Then that initial cocoa hit slowly fades away and is replaced by a delicious creamy after- taste. I had two fears before trying the chocolate- firstly that it might taste artificial in some way. Secondly, I had wondered if, in the absence of added sugar, the bar might be just too bitter to be a decent milk chocolate.
Both of these concerns were put to bed after a couple of pieces. The bar is extremely creamy. It is a little ‘darker’ than most milk chocolates, and must have a relatively high cocoa percentage. However it never becomes too bitter or harsh and maintains that lovely milky flavour after the initial cocoa hit.
All in all, this bar really impressed me. As I admitted earlier, I’ve never strayed into the no added sugar genre of chocolate until now (I’m not diabetic so I’ve never needed to) and I didn’t quite know what to expect. I certainly didn’t expect the product to be as satisfying and tasty was it was.
For those needing to watch their sugar intake, this bar is definitely something for you to look at. But even if you’re just a regular chocolate eater, this bar carries my recommendation- it is of high quality; good flavour and probably a little healthier (or less bad for you I should say!) than alternative options in the milk chocolate category. I eat a lot of products with added sugar and was therefore a tad sceptical, but this chocolate has killed that uncertainly dead.